The Church of St Robert of Newminster, Morpeth:
A very old paining of St Robert’s. The church was built in 1850 and you can still see what used to be Admiral Collingwood’s “Poop Deck” or summer house (bottom left). Can anyone tell us any more about this painting?
On the evening of Our Lady’s Birthday (8th September) 2010 the rosary was prayed at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. The original grotto of Our Lady in Lourdes itself has been renovated this January 2011. Here is the official video from Lourdes:
Pilgrims assemble for a photograph before going to celebrate Mass in Glasgow with Pope Benedict XVI on 16th September 2010:and waiting for the coach:The young people from the parish who travelled to London to join in the celebrations with Pope Benedict at Westminster Cathedral and Hyde Park on 18th September 2010:Fr Lawrence took a few photo’s from the Mass with Pope Benedict XVI in Westminster Cathedral on 18th September 2010. Here are the priests vesting in Westminster Cathedral Hall just before Mass begun:Fr Lawrence with one of the Benedictine priests from Douai Abbey (whose name he forgets) who remembers the last Benedictine priests to serve St Robert’s. Fr Lawrence is almost sure that the priest remembered Fr Kershaw who served in Morpeth from 1905 until 1946. Fr Kershaw was 91 when he retired from Morpeth. He went back to Douai and died a year later. Fr Lawrence remembers this incredible piece of music, by the Catholic Scottish composer James McMillan, as Pope Benedict entered Westminster Cathedral. It was written especially for the occasion. Tu es Petrus – “thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Fr Lawrence said ” it sent a shiver down the spine. It was like an earthquake, the whole Cathedral could of collapsed but you knew that the last thing standing would be the successor of Peter, the Rock. It sounded like the authoritative, thunderous voice of Christ saying ‘here is Peter, the Rock, don’t worry about the Church, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.'”
A photo by Fr Lawrence at the end of Mass:
The Morpeth Herald reports on the restoration of St Robert’s church bell. TICK HERE