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The Requiem Mass for Bede Murray is next Wednesday. We anticipate a very full St. Godric's. There will probably be a large number of people from far and wide, as well as the many local parishioners and friends of Paul, Andrea and Anna. I mention this by way of asking that we keep an eye to the visitors, and ensure that they are comfortably seated in the Church. Many thanks.


Unfortunately, the Harry Troughear funeral is the same morning as Bede's. Fr. Mark Carroll is kindly doing that. Harry was such a well known outfitter in Durham. Many a man has been well dressed for the big occasion, which required formal dress, by Harry. Durham has lost one of its well known figures. Our sympathies to Mabel and family.


"We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love." (Mme de Staël)

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What is important is that we - as a parish - continue the great work that has been built up over the years. The need for lay involvement will continue to increase with time. The role of the priest will also continue to be central to that life of the parish. Church attendances will continue to decrease for the foreseeable future. I'm sure many of us don't have to go beyond our own families to see this reality.

Some people will choose Mass times that suit their timetable. Other factors will also continue to dictate where we choose to worship. Closures will be inevitable. It is important that we are fully aware of these facts. Let's be positive - and adjust accordingly.

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The minutes from the most recent Parish Council Meeting held on the 14th January and shared at weekend Masses over 18th/19th January are available to view on the Parish Council Page