Ushaw Lecture: Public Panel Event Marking the 800th Anniversary of the Meeting of St. Francis and Sultan Malek Al-Kamil in Egypt. Featuring HE Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald MAfr, Michael F. Cusato OFM, Pascal Robert OFM and Mona Siddiqui OBE. Tuesday 5 November; doors open 7.00pm for lecture at 7.20pm.
Wednesday 6 November 2019: Sr Prof. Ilia Delio OSF: Living Creation Theology in the Context of Contemporary Science: The Distinctive Contribution of the Franciscan Theological Tradition. 9am at Ushaw College.
is free of charge and free transport is available between Durham and
Ushaw for those who need it. Space at these lectures is limited so
registration is essential via
or by telephoning the CCS on 0191 334 1656.
November 2019 the Oriental Museum, Durham University is launching a
new Silk Roads gallery development. The museum is seeking a diverse
group of volunteers from the local Asian Christian community to work
alongside museum staff to renew the Christianity displays in the new
gallery. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact
Charlotte Spink, Access and Community Engagement Officer at the
Oriental Museum: firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 0191 334 5691 for an informal chat.
on previous occasions, we shall be opening the Church during the
forthcoming Lumiere festival in Durham (14th to 17th November). In
common with many of the churches in the centre of the city, we hope
to provide a place for quieter reflection where people can light a
candle, say a prayer and also find some “light”
refreshments. We hope to be open from about 6pm to 10pm on the
Thursday, Friday and Saturday and after the evening Mass on the
Sunday. To offer this opportunity, we will need willing hands to
staff the church, to make soups, to sell tea and coffee etc. If you
can help, in any way, please sign up as soon as you can on the lists
on the noticeboard or see Andy Doyle. Thank you.
A public lecture by Bishop Robert Byrne CO, to mark the canonisation of John Henry Newman. Here at St Cuthbert’s on Tuesday 12th November: Vespers at 6.30pm, lecture at 7.00pm, refreshments at 8.15pm, 8.45pm Close.
This event is free, but please register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com or by telephoning the Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies on 0191 334 1656.
picture was the crown of Our Lady, in the window in the lady chapel.
Our parish collects biscuits and toilet rolls to help provide basic supplies to asylum seekers in the diocese. These are collected regularly, on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to donate items please remember to bring them to Church next Sunday 3 November and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.
parable presents us with two men whose position in society would be
very different. The Pharisee would be admired as someone who lived a
virtuous life, scrupulous in keeping to the demands of the Law. The
tax collector, meanwhile, would be despised: a collaborator with the
Roman occupation, and probably dishonest and corrupt. Faithful Jews
might wonder how the tax collector had the nerve even to enter God’s
Jesus shows us what is in the two men’s hearts. The Pharisee is
puffed up with pride; he believes himself better than the tax
collector, and indeed, better than the rest of humanity. Even his
prayer is addressed ‘to himself.’ The tax collector, on the other
hand, has a strong sense of his sinfulness, and he begs for God’s
mercy without any pride or pretence. This is true humility. In our
prayer, we stand naked before God, utterly dependent on God’s love
and forgiveness. We can never earn our salvation – we can only
receive it as God’s gift.
Is on Friday 1st November. Mass at St Cuthbert’s will be at 7.00pm on Thursday 31st October (Vigil) and at 12.15pm on Friday 1st November. Mass in Durham Martyrs parish: Friday 9.30am (St Godric’s school) and 7.00pm (St Joseph’s church.) Mass at St Patrick’s, Langley Moor: Thursday 7.00pm (Vigil) and Friday 9.30am.
Last week’s picture
was a detail of the main altar.
This Sunday is World Mission Sunday a Day of Prayer for the Evangelisation of the World. There will be a collection after Mass today.
This Wednesday will be celebrated at 6.30pm in the North Transept Durham Cathdral, by kind invitation of the Dean and Chapter. Everyone is welcome. Please enter the cathedral by the Galilee Chapel, from where stewards will direct you to where Mass is being celebrated.
Today we would like to collect items for nepacs to make up Toiletry and Homeless Packs for prisoners being released from Low Newton. Nepacs is a north east charity which has been supporting people affected by imprisonment for over 135 years.
items to contribute to the toiletry packs are toothpaste,
toothbrushes, shampoo, shower gel, soap, deodorant (roll-on or spray
), flannels, wet wipes, lip balm, combs, STs, tampons, panty liners.
Packs for anyone who is homeless on release include toiletries plus
socks, plasters, waterbottle/flask, bacterial gel, Dry Food Pack (
coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate powder , cup-a-soup, cereal bars,
sugar, stirrer, mars bars ). Please put donations in the boxes in the
narthex on these dates. Your generosity will be very greatly
parable is intended for disciples living in the time between the
first and second comings of the Lord. As Christians, we are people of
faith and hope. Faith tells us that Jesus, the Son of God, came into
the world to save us from our sins. Faith also enables us to see God
at work in our lives today. The Christian virtue of hope assures us
that God has a plan for the world, and that each one of us has our
part in the unfolding of God’s plan. This is what our lives are
while we wait in hope for the Lord to return, we face many
difficulties and struggles. The Christian response is to pray
constantly, bringing all our fears and anxieties to God. The widow in
the parable is a woman without power or status – one of the ‘little
ones’ of Israel. But she obtains justice from the unjust judge by
her persistence. All the more, Jesus says, will God, our loving
Father, see justice done for his children. Sometimes, we feel that
God is slow to hear and answer our prayers, but he asks us to
persevere and trust in him.
Slipper Chapel statue of Our Lady of Walsingham will be visiting St
Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th
October. See poster for details of events during the visit, or go to
Copies of daily prayers for the visit are available at the back of
Salvation From What? Some New Testament Perspectives. Presented by Prof John Barclay, Durham University. Thursday 24th October 2019 at 5pm – venue PG20, Palace Green.
The next Day of Reflection at Ushaw, with Sr Rosarie Spence RSM, will be on Wednesday 27th November, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm
opportunity to step aside, experience different ways of praying and
enjoy a time of personal prayer, all in the beautiful surroundings at
Ushaw. The cost is £10 per person, including tea/coffee at the beginning
and end of the day. Lunch may be purchased in the Refectory.
Booking should be made at www.ushaw.org
Last week’s picture
was the otter at the feet of St. Cuthbert in the Harry Clarke window.
you for your continuing generosity towards the financial health of
the parish. If you are part of our Gift Aid Scheme, please pick up
your “statement of donations recorded” from the box in the
narthex. If you have any questions or are not part of the Gift Aid
Scheme but would like to know more, please speak to Andy Doyle (0798
543 4185 or email@example.com).
– Hansen’s disease – is a disease that causes disability and
disfigurement. Today, leprosy can be easily cured, though there are
still many people in the world who suffer from the disease because of
poverty and poor hygiene. But in our Lord’s time, with no
treatment, leprosy was a cause of fear and horror. Sufferers were
labelled as ‘lepers.’ They were considered unclean, isolated
from family and society.
last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus taught his disciples about the power of
faith. Today, ten men suffering from leprosy approach Jesus on the
edge of the village. They have faith that Jesus can cure them, and he
does. But only one man, finding himself cured, comes back to thank
Jesus. His faith is completed by gratitude. Faith is a trusting
readiness to receive the great things God does for us, and also a
grateful recognition of what God has done and is doing in our lives.
Ironically, the one man who comes back to give thanks is a Samaritan,
a despised foreigner. Jesus welcomes everyone who has faith in him.
We will be hosting a showing of the film “Global Healing” (based on Pope Francis’s encyclical ‘Laudato si’) on Monday 21st October at 7:30pm. Discussion will be led by Dr Carmody Grey, Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology and entry is free but, as spaces will be limited, please contact Kirsty Thomas as soon as possible to book a place (firstname.lastname@example.org)