Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came along to help open our church for Heritage Open Days and the Partnership Open Afternoon. The church looked wonderful thanks to all your hard work cleaning, and everyone who provided refreshments and a warm welcome to our visitors made both events a real success.

Home Mission Sunday

Is today and there is a retiring collection in support. The Home Mission Office is a national organisation that helps the local Church engage in the vital mission of evangelisation. On Home Mission Sunday, they ask for our prayers and our financial support. Our prayers help them to be attentive to the Holy Spirit who directs their work and our donations to the collection will enable them to help the local Church share the joy of the Gospel throughout England and Wales. For more information about the Home Mission Office or to donate online please visit

Thank You

Last Sunday Martin Donbavand completed the Great North Run in 2 hours, 38 minutes and 48 seconds! Martin would like to thank everybody in St Cuthbert’s parish for sponsoring him and supporting his good cause. If you would like to donate but haven’t yet please see Liz Donbavand.

Partnership Open Afternoon at St. Cuthbert’s

This afternoon (Sunday 15th September), we open our church and community to all our friends from across the Finchale Partnership. This is the fourth of a series of Partnership Open Afternoons where we have an opportunity to welcome each other, to share something of our life together and to have a chat and some simple refreshments. Please do come along anytime between 2pm and 4pm.

Work out the Cost

Jesus continues his journey to Jerusalem. Great crowds of people are with him, but perhaps Jesus suspects that the people in the crowds have not understood the radical and challenging nature of his teaching. Jesus knows what awaits him in the capital city. He will take up his cross and go to his death. He will give his life to save us from our sins. So Jesus warns the crowds that anyone who wants to be his disciple must be ready to take up their own cross; to give up everything that is an obstacle to following him. Jesus’ disciples must be ready to give up possessions, the bonds of family and friendship, and even life itself if necessary. The parables of the tower and of the king preparing for war illustrate the need to consider seriously the cost of becoming a disciple of Christ. The Lord may ask us for everything, because he gives us everything.

Serve the Lord with Gladness

A Day of Reflection for All Ministries. At Ushaw College, Saturday 28 September, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Led by Fr Mark Millward, Dean of the Benedict Partnership (n.b. this is a repeat of the day offered in May.) Registration and refreshments from 9.45am. Tea, Coffee and a light lunch will be provided. Booking is essential: contact the Parish Office if you wish to take part.

Education Sunday

This Sunday Catholics are encouraged to reflect on the Church’s contribution to education in this country and pray for all those involved in Catholic education. There will be a retiring collection to support the Catholic Education Service, the agency of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales which represents and supports Catholic schools.

Public Lecture

Durham 1569: A People’s Tragedy? Prof. Eamon Duffy (University of Cambridge, Emeritus) Tuesday 17th September, 6.30-7.45pm in the Debating Chamber, Palace Green, Durham. Entry is free of charge, but registration is essential for those not registering for the Northern Rising conference; please register online at or by telephoning 0191 334 1656, by 12noon on Tuesday 17 September.

Finding the Best Place

Jesus sees the guests at a dinner jockeying for the best places. The closer to the host a guest was seated, the more they were seen to be honoured. But Jesus points out how insecure we are, if our self-esteem depends on the opinion of others. Public opinion is a fickle thing: we can lose our position of respect and honour in a moment. If, instead, we depend on the love of God, we are standing on a firm foundation. Rather than trying to be ‘in with the in-crowd,’ we can seek out the poor and the sick, who may be more in need of welcome and hospitality. That is the way to secure our own place at the heavenly banquet.

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