Monthly Archives: August 2011

Christians in the Holy Land

It’s 6 months now since our parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Those who took part and anyone who is interested in the Christian communities in the Holy Land may find the following information helpful. In July of this year the Archbishop of Canterbury (C of E) and the Archbishop of Westminster (RC) sponsored a joint conference:

N.B. The “Latin Patriarch” is another name for the Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem, His Beatitude, Fouad Twal

Here is a 10 minute video about the issues by Religion and Ethics News Weekly:

Click here for information from the Diocese of Westminster

Click here for an article by the Catholic journalist John Allen

Click here for an article by the Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh

Click here for Friends of the Holy Land

The next pilgrimage organised by Fr Lawrence to the Holy Land will be for Young Adults aged 18 to 30 from Monday 27th February to Monday 5th March 2012. Please encourage young parishioners to take part. It will be a bit more expensive this year but Fr Lawrence is confident that he will get funding to subsidise the cost. The next pilgrimage open to all parishioners will be in February 2013. Start saving now! Here is a recent video report from the Franciscans in the Holy Land. The video was made on the Feast of the Dedication of the Holy Sepulchre in July 2011. It reports that the number of pilgrims declined recently because of the “Arab Spring” but now thankfully numbers are picking up again. Please remember that you are perfectly safe in the Holy Land. You should never make fear of safety a reason not to go because it is simply not true – ask anyone who has been there!

“Encourage and persuade people to ‘come and see.’ There is no substitute for a real and tangible experience of encountering the people, to speak with them, to eat with them and to affirm their dignity, and make them feel that they are never forgotten. Visit the Christian institutions and see the Christian witness at its best.” Latin Patriarch, Fouad Twal,  London, 18th July 2011

The Olive Tree

The olive tree has become a symbol of Christianity in the Holy Land because it signifies endurance and resilience. An olive tree can live for thousands of years and still be fruitful. It is believed that the olive trees in the garden of Gethsemane may have witnessed Christ’s “agony in the garden”. You can try and destroy an olive tree by cutting it off from it’s trunk but in spring time it will sprout new branches. The olive seems practically indestructible. Again, like Christianity in the Holy Land, the olive tree symbolises faithfulness and steadfastness. Psalms 52:8 says, “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.”

The olive tree has always been a symbol of peace. In the story of Noah’s Ark, after the flood, a branch from an olive tree was brought back to the Ark by Noah’s dove symbolising peace. The olive tree seemingly survived the destruction of the flood.

Let it be our prayer that the destruction of violence and hatred in the Holy Land may cease and that a new era of peace, justice and reconciliation may prevail.

Here is a photo of the Olive tree that Fr Lawrence smuggled through his suitcase six months ago. It came from the foot of Mount Tabor in Galilee. It is a symbol of the desire of our pilgrimage for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Here is the olive tree at Tabgha – the place of the multiplication of loaves and fishes:

Here are the olive trees in the garden of Gethsemane:

Here are some photo’s of our parish pilgrimage 6 months ago, published for the first time:

Please pray for peace in the Holy Land.

Young People’s Mass and BBQ

A small group of young parishioners organised a special event for all young people in the parish aged 17 to 25. On Friday evening (19th August) we gathered for Mass at 6.00pm. Fr Ian Hoskins from Longhorsely, preached on the importance of Mary in our Christian lives. Afterwards, we processed to the outside grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes where we each left a candle as a symbol of our prayers. Then we moved straight into the BBQ….

Meanwhile in Madrid, one of our young parishioners, John David Laux, was taking part in World Youth Day with Pope Benedict…

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 14th August 2011

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 14th August 2011

MASS AND BBQ FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.   If your aged between 17 and 25 you are warmly invited to Mass and a BBQ on Friday 19th August. Mass of Our Lady at 6.00pm with a special guest preacher followed by a BBQ in the church grounds. £2 (subsidised cost). Please sign up at the back of church or Email Fr Lawrence at ljonesys@yahoo.co.uk.

THE NEW TRANSLATION OF THE MASS. It will be introduced on the first Sunday of September.

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 2011

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 7th August 2011

MASS AND BBQ FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.   If your aged between 17 and 25 you are warmly invited to Mass and a BBQ on Friday 19th August. Mass of Our Lady at 6.00pm with a special guest preacher followed by a BBQ in the church grounds. £2 (subsidised cost). Please sign up at the back of church or Email Fr Lawrence at ljonesys@yahoo.co.uk.

THE NEW TRANSLATION OF THE MASS. Here is a video concerning the new Mass translation that begins here in the UK on the first Sunday of September. It is targeted at the parents of teenagers in the United States but its appropriate for anyone. You may find it helpful. Just click below:

The new translation of the Mass