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Parish News and Announcements  

On Sunday 10th March we’ll be having our first International Lunch of 2024. You are all welcome to attend it at St. Joseph’s after the 10:30 am Mass. Feel free to bring some food to share and be ready to enjoy it with our lovely parish community. For more information feel free to join the WhatsApp group

A Lenten Poem from Wendell Berry – Sabbaths, II from 1985

A gracious Sabbath stood here while they stood

Who gave our rest a haven.

Now fallen, they are given

To labor and distress.

These times we know much evil, little good

To steady us in faith

And comfort when our losses press

Hard on us, and we choose,

In panic or despair or both,

To keep what we will lose.

For we are fallen like the trees, our peace

Broken, and so we must

Love where we cannot trust,

Trust where we cannot know,

And must await the wayward-coming grace

That joins living and dead,

Taking us where we would not go–

Into the boundless dark.

When what was made has been unmade

The Maker comes to His work.


The following will be taking place during Lent in our parish:

Br. John’s Lenten Faith Sharing Meetings for Easter at the Friary

These will take place on three Monday evenings from 7.00-8.30pm

26th February ‘The Human Condition’

4th March ‘Our Personal Vocation’

11th March ‘God’s People in the Making’

Lenten Soup Lunches, St. Joseph’s 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Grateful thanks to the groups below who will be hosting our Lenten Charity Lunches.

16 February Sanctuary 21

23 February St. Joseph’s School

1 March Justice & Peace

8 March Durham Food Bank & Laurel Avenue Community Centre

15 March SVP

22 March Bereavement Support Group

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will begin on Friday, 16th February – the first Friday of Lent. They will commence at 7.00pm and will alternate between St. Godric’s and St. Joseph’s. All services will conclude with the distribution of Holy Communion.

16th February St. Godric’s Ecumenical Stations (Joe & Abbey Hughes)

23rd February St. Joseph’s SVP

1 st March St. Godric’s Liturgy Group

8th March St. Joseph’s Inclusive Church

15th March St. Godric’s Sanctuary 21

22nd March St. Joseph’s Justice and Peace

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