Category Archives: Christian

O Sacred Heart!

The first time as a newly ordained priest that I concelebrated Mass was on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at St James, Darlington. The principal celebrant was the then Vicar, Fr Dennis Smith. The preacher was the Bishop of … Continue reading

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Love, tolerance and genuine spiritual fellowship

This evening is predominantly a social event, there is a lot of cheese to get through and some wine … a few people have kindly agreed to read and sing and there is even a short part of a film, all … Continue reading

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Challenging indifference to modern slavery

Hundreds of victims of human trafficking (modern slaves) have come through the doors of St Chrysostom’s in the past two years. Our language classes set up to serve such victims, in partnership with the Medaille Trust, have grown and developed … Continue reading

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A weekend in a parish assistant’s work – Ye-Haw!

Have you ever wondered what exactly the Parish Assistants do? Hannah writes about a busy weekend… Besides making the perfect cuppa tea after worship and serving during mass, our duties vary each week. Every week we prepare and serve at … Continue reading

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You and Holy Week

Who are you this Holy Week? In today’s Gospel, the Gospel for the Monday in Holy Week,(John 12.1-11) we come into a homely scene. Jesus has dinner with friends – Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary, at Bethany. At … Continue reading

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Tangrams and a Holy Well

Encouraging, reassuring, experiencing God’s presence …..   A group of our young adults from St. Chrysostom’s travelled to Holywell, Wales for a retreat in Lent. We stayed at St. Winefride’s Guest House run by the Bridgettine Sisters. Their hospitality and kindness … Continue reading

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Venerating the Cross

Why do we venerate the Cross on Good Friday? During the simple yet moving Liturgy on Good Friday we carry into church a large crucifix – a depiction of our crucified Lord.  The procession stops three times, and the priest … Continue reading

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