The minutes of the recent meeting of the PPC are available on the website and on the noticeboard at the back of church.
The next meeting of the PPC is on 26 September. This is not an open meeting (the next open meeting will be on 7 November), but if you have any items you would like the PPC to include on their agenda, please contact Cliona Kear on either 386 3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
picture was from the Stations of the Cross.
It’s Pontius Pilate from the first Station.
you to all who supported and contributed to the cake sale two weeks
ago. £135.67 was raised in total.
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 www.homemission.org.uk
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
picture was the statue of Our Lady standing at the foot of the cross above the
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.
Will be celebrating the Sunday Masses at St Cuthbert’s on Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd September. Please give him a warm welcome.
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.
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.
book by Fr Paul Zielinski, telling the story of the saint martyred at
Gateshead in 1594. On sale here at St Cuthbert’s, price £5.99.
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.
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.
Last week’s picture was the angel Gabriel, from the Annunciation scene on the lady altar. ceiling, over the sanctuary.
Congratulations to Hannah Jones and Tom Chance, whose Nuptial Mass will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s this Saturday, 7th September. Tom and Hannah are both Durham graduates. Please pray for them as they begin their married life.
and Matthias send their thanks to everyone at St Cuthbert’s
for a joyful celebration of their Nuptial Mass last week.
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.
The parish office will be closed on Monday 2nd September.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Urquhart, who died last Sunday. His Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s on Tuesday 3rd September at 2.30pm.