Our world is full of continual distraction,

Our attention is demanded by a thousand pop ups, message, photos, videos, alerts,

We no longer hear the sound of silence, where God can be found.

Let us enter into silence today, set aside our anxieties, the to do list, the conversations that run in our head, set aside our ego and its concerns about what to say, how we have to look,

who has offended us, who likes us.

Let go of all of that and just sit in silence, with the loving presence of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, if we could but listen and be attentive to his presence.

Loving God,

help us to set aside, for a few moments,

the targets, the action plans, even better ifs, and just be ourselves,

with you.

When distractions and thoughts rise up, which they will,

help us with one sacred word Ma-ra-na-tha

To come back to your intention, to be with you,

to empty ourselves of the stuff that does not matter.

Help us simply to be still and know that you are God,

help us to be still,

To be.

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The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph (Gilesgate) in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

Marjorie, the Parish Secretary's working hours are 8:30am -4:00pm Tues - Fri. If you email outside these hours you will receive a response when Marjorie is back in the office. 

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