Lenten Quiet Day: An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside. Wednesday 18 March, 10am-4pm, with lunch provided. Led by Sr Sheila McNamara RSCJ. Suggested donation: £20.
An opportunity to experience different ways of praying at this time of Lent and on the feast of the Annunciation, led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, on Wednesday March 25th, 10.30am-3.30pm. The cost is £10.00 per person, to include refreshments at the beginning and the end of the day. Lunch can be purchased in the Refectory, and you can book online at www.ushaw.org or on 0191 3345119
A casual and informal overview of the Bible, looking at the major events and the different books of the Bible. This is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Bible. Beginners welcome! This will be facilitated by Dori Berahya, who has 20 years of experience in Adult Religious Education. Saturday 21 March at 10.30am at St. Cuthbert’s Durham, and repeated on Thursday 26th March at 7.00pm at St. Joseph’s, Langley Park.
In the first of a series of sessions on different prayers and devotions, we’ll be talking about the Stations of the Cross. We’ll be exploring the history and practice of the Stations, so whether you are very familiar with praying the Stations, or if you’ve seen them in church and simply want to know how it works, join us on Thursday 2nd April at 7.00pm, at St. Cuthbert’s. There will be a talk, the opportunity to ask questions and we will finish with Stations of the Cross in church.
Last week’s picture was a detail of the Harry Clarke window. It’s one of the English Martyrs connected with the rising of the North, with the gallows behind him, from the bottom right panel of the window
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has now moved to Stage 2 guidance in its guidance to parishes. This means that, as from now, Holy Communion will not be administered from the chalice, and communicants will be asked to receive the host in their hand. There should be no physical contact at the Sign of Peace, and the holy water stoups will be emptied.
You can read the full guidance here.
To the catechumens and candidates taking part in our Journey in Faith programme, who were welcomed to the Elect by Bishop Robert at St Mary’s Cathedral last Sunday. You can see the pictures at www.rcdhn.org.uk
Jesus knows that the Cross awaits him in Jerusalem, and he has begun to prepare his disciples for his suffering and death. He takes Peter, James and John to the mountain top, where they are granted an astounding vision of Jesus in his heavenly glory. Moses and Elijah appear, symbolising the Law and the Prophets, which are to be fulfilled and completed in Jesus. And then the disciples hear the voice of God the Father. No wonder they are overcome with fear.
The disciples had been following Jesus for some time, but they often failed to understand him, especially when he foretold his Passion. The vision on the mountain would, in a way, be encouraging for them; Jesus, the Teacher they had chosen to follow, truly was the Son of God. But it was also a stark confirmation of the road that Jesus was walking – the road that led to Calvary. This was what it meant to be a beloved Son; this was the road that they, as disciples of the Son, were also called to walk. Only after the Lord’s death and resurrection would his disciples understand. Today’s Gospel reminds us that, for disciples of Christ, the road to glory goes by way of Calvary.
Pride and Providence: Reflecting With St Augustine on Our Political Malaise. Presented by Sr Margaret Atkins OSA, Augustinian Sisters, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria. Wednesday 10th March at 5.30pm, at Ushaw College. Entry is free, and transport will be provided from Durham city centre, but you need to register at https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com/
Holy Island Summer Camp offers a Christian camping holiday to boys and girls in school Years 5 & 6. Bookings are open now. Details at www.svpholyislandcamp.co.uk If the cost of camp is a problem, please speak to Fr Andrew.
The camp also needs volunteers for dormitory, kitchen and caretaking roles – see the website.
People sometimes ask where they can find out more about the parish, and you may not realise just how much information there is on our website.
On Sunday 8th March there will be a guided tour of the website, to help you find your way round, and explain how you can find the Facebook page and sign up for the e-newsletter. Please join us over coffee after the 10.00am Mass.
An opportunity for people to come together to explore this resource and learn how to lead groups who will be using it after Easter. This event is part of The God Who Speaks, the Year of the Word. On Saturday 21 March, at St. John Vianney Church, Newcastle. Please contact email@example.com to register your interest.
The Parish Dinner will be held on Wednesday 1st April at 7.30pm at Finbarrs Restaurant, Aykley Heads. Menus and details of how to book a place or places are now available in the porch. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. The final day to book and pay for your booking is Sunday 22nd March. Gil Bolton is the contact for the dinner. Please hand your booking forms to Gil after Mass or contact him; email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 07816819515.
Last week’s picture was a detail of the Stations of the Cross – it’s the 11th Station.
This Lent, CAFOD’s Family Fast Day is an opportunity to reach out to some of the poorest, most marginalised of our sisters and brothers. Your donations go to highly-trained, highly-skilled local experts who support the health of the world’s poorest families. On Friday 6 March, will you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help CAFOD’s work? Through CAFOD’s global Church family – one of the largest aid networks in the world – your support can reach to the ends of the earth. Please collect your Family Fast Day envelope from church this week and give whatever you can.
At the heart of Christian faith is the doctrine of the Incarnation – our belief that, in Jesus, the Son of God became truly human. Jesus’ humanity is revealed in today’s Gospel reading. Having been baptised by John, he goes into the wilderness to pray and prepare himself for his public ministry. Alone and hungry, Jesus is vulnerable. The devil comes to tempt him: to use his divine powers for his own benefit; to work a spectacular miracle that would gain the attention of the crowds; or to worship the false god of worldly power. The temptations are real, but Jesus resists them, because he trusts absolutely in his Father, and is utterly committed to the mission that his Father has given him – in contrast to Adam and Eve, who were deceived by the devil and turned away from obedience to God. By Jesus’ obedience to the Father, our sin is overcome. As we begin the season of Lent, we are called to follow the Lord’s example. The Holy Spirit who, strengthened Jesus in the wilderness, will strengthen us in our own struggles with temptation.
The candidates and catechumens taking part in our Journey in Faith programme will be enrolled at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, Sunday, 1st March. Please pray for those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation or Reception into full communion with the Church, and for their sponsors and families.
A Lenten Reflection at Ushaw: An opportunity to experience different ways of praying at this time of Lent and on the feast of the Annunciation, led by Sister Rosarie Spence RSM, on Wednesday March 25th, 10.30am-3.30pm. The cost is £10.00 per person, to include refreshments at the beginning and the end of the day. Lunch can be purchased in the Refectory, and you can book online at www.ushaw.org or on 0191 3345119
Ushaw Lecture: The Materiality of Christian Pilgrimage, Medieval to Modern: Reflections From a Church Historian and Sometime Pilgrim. Presented by Prof Salvador Ryan, St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Wednesday 26 February at 5.30pm.
Last week’s picture was a detail of the stained glass window in the Lady Chapel.
The first day of the season of Lent, is this week. It is a day of fasting and abstinence. Mass with imposition of ashes will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s at 12.15pm and 7.00pm.