Church Bulletin 29.5.22

7th Sunday of Easter Year C

Dear Parishioners, brothers and sisters,

I nearly had this ready when I went to close one window and ended up erasing it, without the computer having saved a draft so here goes again! Firstly many thanks to Patrick for this week’s bulletin, and to Anne B who sorts it at the office end. A number of people have been preparing reports such as Health And Safety to go to the diocese, keeping us legal and safe. For that I am grateful because I neither like nor am any good at filling forms in. One I was doing a few days ago and got it wrong in the very first box. Many thanks to all of you who filled in a survey of all the ways you use God’s gifts or promise to for the parish and community. These are now being collated by Anne B.

Families are getting excited as they prepare to celebrate their children’s First Holy Communion in a couple of weeks, and liturgy being planned. The Bishop’s Conference recently has reminded us of the importance of returning to Mass, with the obligation being restored from Pentecost Sunday next week. Please encourage family members to make Mass a priority if they can.  Bishop Robert at the Diocesan Clergy Retreat recently made an impassioned plea to us as priests to keep the Eucharist central and to encourage you to do the same.

To that end in our Diocesan year of the Eucharist we are invited to take part in the Eucharistic procession at Ushaw on 19th June, the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ at 3pm. If you would like to go please apply quickly as numbers are restricted and the closing date soon (see poster and message below). Do we need a minibus to get there together?

 

Eucharistic Festival 2022

 

Sunday 19th June 2022 on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Venue: Ushaw Historic House, Gardens and Grounds. Woodland Rd, Durham DH7 9RH. (For Sat Nav, please use DH7 7DW).

3 pm – 4.30 pm. Free entry into Ushaw from 2.30 pm.

There is no charge for this event. Donations to the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle are welcome.

Booking required via this link: https://bit.ly/3FCZ6TF

 

On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (19th June) we will have the opportunity to celebrate our Eucharistic faith publicly in a Blessed Sacrament procession. Bishop Robert hopes this will be the highlight of the Eucharistic Year with many clergy and faithful taking part. The Festival programme includes a blessing of the newly restored Pugin Altar by Bishop Robert, a Eucharistic procession around the grounds of Ushaw (weather permitting) and benediction.

 

We ask the main organiser to book on behalf of the people attending in their group, parish or partnership using this link: https://bit.ly/3FCZ6TF or visiting www.diocesehn.org.uk.

 

There are limited places available at this event. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. A confirmation email will be sent when your booking is confirmed.


Ushaw has limited parking available. Groups are invited to travel by coach or car share, where appropriate. Please advise at time of booking and check confirmation of booking before arranging transport.  Accessible parking is available at the venue.

Refreshments will be available in the refectory after the event. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic and use the grounds. Please expect a short delay while people are being served in the refectory.

I am intending for us during the month of June to have an opportunity before each weekday Mass to adore the Blessed Sacrament. I would envisage this taking place with Morning or Evening Prayer of the Church a half hour before Mass begins. Let’s give it a try through June and see how well it works

On Ascension Thursday we were joined at a beautiful celebration of Mass for the Holy Day by the children of Blessed John Duckett School who not only sang well but performed a moving dance to The Lord’s My Shepherd. Friday the children of St Cuthbert’s drew their celebration of the Easter season to a close with a wonderful performance of Resurrection Rock, a drama of music and dance with Gospel readings around Christ’s passion and resurrection. Well done. We were also honoured to have the presence of Dame Maura the CEO of Hogarth Trust to which our academy schools now belong.

Thanks you to the Centre committee who have donated money on behalf of Our Lady and St Cuthbert’s Church to ST Cuthbert’s School for the purpose of buying books particularly for the school library, much of which being the choice of the pupils themselves. I shall include a few details of a discussion I had with them in next week’s message.

Bishop Robert, writing to clergy on the Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse, (17th May while we were on retreat, celebrating Midday Mass at the Cathedral for this intention) as well as offering apologies for what has happened in the past and offering support for survivors and victims,  wishes to thank members of the Diocesan Safeguarding team and the parish safeguarding reps for their work to embed safeguarding culture and practice. (Copy available on request)

My thanks go to Bro John and Bro Paul (I am waiting for them to be joined by Bro George & Bro Ringo) Franciscans based at Durham for supplying as I attended my friend’s daughter’s wedding in Italy where it was 25 degrees and beautiful sunshine (see pic attached). I hear their presence was very much appreciated.

 

Have a belting week, especially if you are away through the half term.

 

Fr Nick

 

Church Bulletin 29,05,22

Partnership Note 29th May 2022

 

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