Monthly Archives: January 2013

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 27th January 2013

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Here are some initial pictures of the mini-pilgrimage in honour of St Robert of Newminster on Saturday 26th January. It is estimated that about 250 pilgrims attended the Mass at 10.00am and about 80 took part in the walk to the abbey grounds. More to come later in the week. If you were present on the pilgrimage and want to write a few lines about it or if you have some good photo’s please send it to Fr Lawrence at Email:

Walking towards the remains of the abbey for a short prayer service:

Walking back:

The soup and bun fight in the school hall:

Here is the new Icon of St Robert that is now traveling through the diocese in honour of our local saints for the rehallowing of this land. Perhaps, after that it may come back to the parish where it surely belongs:

The Year of Faith – Nick Vujicic

Following on from the video clips of the stories of faith that we began in November last year we intend to continue posting regular video testimonies of faith from around the world. Here is a remarkable video of Nick Vujicic.

“Nick Vujicic is an evangelist who has shared his message of hope to over 5 million people in 44 countries. He shares how his faith, which is rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ, changed his life forever! He is the Founder, President and CEO of Life Without Limbs, a non-profit organization whose mission is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through Nick’s own life.”

And again:

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 20th January 2013.

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If the bad weather prevented you from attending Mass today – here is today’s Gospel:
Again, if you were unable to attend Mass, here is an act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You.


Seeing people with the eyes of Christ changes your view of them.


“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

  “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  (Luke 6:31-38)

The Feast of the Epiphany

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We are delighted to announce that the wise men (or kings) arrived this morning at the beginning of 9.00am Mass accompanied by a procession of children dressed as kings and queens.

The Shepherd’s are still hanging around as well:

The time has come to take down the crib and all the Christmas decorations but here are a few last images of Christmas at St Robert’s:

A very amateurish video by Fr Lawrence:

A Blessed New Year to all

Fr Jim Doherty and Fr Lawrence Jones invoke the blessing of almighty God on all parishioners and upon all who read this message. In the words of today’s First Reading:

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his countenance toward you
and give you peace. (Numbers 6:23-27)

This is the blessing that Moses instructed Aaron, the priest to invoke over the people of Israel. Here it is set to music by John Rutter: