Monthly Archives: April 2012

Day Time Alpha Course – Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at St Robert’s

The Alpha Course – an opportunity to explore the meaning of life

Fr Lawrence would like to invite you to the Alpha Course, which starts on Wednesday 3rd October in the presbytery (Collingwood House) on Oldgate and finishes at 10.30am. The course will continue at the same time every Wednesday until the beginning of December  (excluding half term holiday).  Alpha is for everyone but especially those wanting to investigate Christianity as well as for those who are already committed but want to brush up on the basics. Alpha is a non-pressurised, fun and informative course. It is a place to share your thoughts and explore the meaning of life. Alpha courses are currently being run in churches, homes, workplaces, prisons, universities and a wide variety of other locations. The course is being run around the world by all major Christian denominations. Each session begins with refreshments (tea/coffee, cakes and scones) followed by a short talk and then an opportunity to discuss what you have heard.

CLICK HERE for more information or Email Fr Lawrence at ljonesys@yahoo.co.uk or ring him at 01670 513410

The Alpha Course is not just for those who do not go to church. It is for practicing Catholics as well. We all need to get back to the basics of our faith and rediscover the fundamentals of our faith. This video illustrates that the course is thoroughly promoted by the Catholic Church.   Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, who speaks on the video, for over 25 years, has been the official preacher to the Pope.

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 22nd April 2012

CLICK HERE for St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 22nd April 2012

“Catholicism” the launch of the DVD series by Fr Robert Barron.

As stated in the Newsletter, parishioners are invited to attend the talk by Fr Robert Barron concerning the launch of the “Catholicism” DVD series. The “Journey in Faith” (RCIA) group are already using this resource on a Tuesday evening. Fr Lawrence would like as many parishioners as possible to attend this event because we will use this material for the whole parish in the autumn as we enter into the “Year of Faith” called for by Pope Benedict. The talk will be given at St Robert of Newminster Secondary School, Washington, Thursday 26th April from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. Fr Lawrence suggests that everyone interested should meet at the presbytery at 3.00pm and lifts can be arranged from there. So, please bring a car if you have one.

CLICK HERE for more information from the Diocesan website and then click on further relevant links. Below is a promotional video:

A Celebration of Faith

Fr Lawrence wishes to invite parishioners to attend the “Celebration of Faith” event at St Joseph’s, Gateshead, on Sunday 28th April at 400pm.

CLICK HERE for more information from the Diocesan website. Please let him know if you are going.

The Easter Season

Let’s not forget that we are in the Easter Season. We continue our celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Here are some wonderful words of  St Paul set to glorious music by Handel.

“ O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:54 – 57)


Lynne Dawson, soprano
Hillary Summers, alto
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Alastair Miles, bass

The Brandemburg Consort and
The Choir of King’s College Cambridge
conducted by Stephen Cleobury

He is not here…He is Risen! Easter Sunday in Jerusalem

In this Easter Season my mind and heart is transported back to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and to the very place where Jesus rose from the dead. Those of you who have accompanied me on pilgrimages to the Holy Land will remember the words of Amir, our guide “Go back home and tell everyone – the tomb is empty – Jesus is Risen!” Usually people visit tombs to reverence the remains of famous people who have died. But in Jerusalem we visit the only place where an empty tomb is venerated – because Jesus rose from the dead “in his flesh” at this very spot. The tomb is definitely empty. Jesus is Risen! I have it also from the testimony of those who met the Risen Christ after his resurrection as recorded  in the Gospels – Peter, John, Mary Magdalen, Thomas and the other Apostles who have “eaten and drank with him after His resurrection” (Acts:10:41) These people were prepared to lay down their lives for the truth of the Resurrection. Millions have died for the same truth over the centuries and many are doing the same today. In my own humble way I too can testify that Jesus is alive. I speak to him everyday and I eat his body and drink his blood everyday. How privileged we are as Catholics to be able to say like St Peter said, we have “eaten and drank with him after His resurrection” (Acts:10:41)

Here is a video from the Franciscans in the Holy Land. Again, Amir, our guide often said to us that  “this is YOUR home – we are looking after these holy places for you”. Let us not forget the beleaguered Christian community in the Holy Land at this difficult time. May all our help and prayers enable them to stay and flourish once more  in what is truly their home as well as ours.

Fr Lawrence Jones

 

Easter Joy

Here are the words:

“I Will Rise”

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
[x2]

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

This great piece of music by Handel sums up the whole joy of Easter:

Alleluia,  Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Alleluia,  Alleluia [3x]

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth
Alleluia  Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia [2x]

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth [3x]
Alleluia
The kingdom of this world
is become
the kingdom of our God
and of his Christ
and he shall reign

for ever and ever
King of Kings
for ever and ever
and Lord of Lords

for ever and ever

Alleluia,  Alleluia, Alleluia

 

The Baptism of Jade Carmichael and some video clips from the recent Young Adults Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

This is the video of the Baptism of Jade Carmichael, from Mitford, by Bishop Seamus Cunningham and assisted by Fr Mark Lydon Smith on the 28th February 2012 at the very same place where Christ was baptised in the river Jordan. Jade received the Sacrament of Confirmation here at St Robert’s at the Easter Vigil. Again, this is the Young Adults Pilgrimage. This is about 5 .30am watching the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee. A great moment to remember the Resurrection of Jesus:

This is a clip of our journey on the boat on the Sea of Galilee:

This is a very embarrassing clip of Fr Lawrence sitting on a massage chair at our hotel by the Sea of Galilee: