Monthly Archives: March 2013

Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

On Thursday evening, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Last Supper at the Casal del Marmo Juvenile Detention Center, outside Rome. He also washed the feet of 12 jailed teens. According to the Vatican, not all of them are Catholic and two were girls. Some of the teens were of other religions.

Once again, here at St Robert’s we never had our full quota of 12 men for the washing of feet. Hearing just before Mass that the Pope had just washed the feet of two girls Fr Lawrence offered the washing to women as well. Two ladies offered their feet. From now on it will be the same every year. Well done Pope Francis.

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 17th March 2013

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A very happy St Patrick’s Day to all.

A Communal Service of Reconciliation with an opportunity for private individual confession will be celebrated at St Robert’s  on Friday 22nd March at 7.00pm.

“Don’t forget this, the Lord never gets tired of forgiving, it is we that get tired of asking forgiveness,” (Pope Francis, 17th March 2013)

The Eater Vigil is at 7.00pm on Saturday 30th March. The clocks go forward one hour that night.

The Servant of the Servants of God

In 2008, on the Holy Thursday, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio(Pope Francis) washed the feet of 12 recovering drug addicts at a rehabilitation center in Buenos Aires, Argentina
As Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, he showed compassion for the victims of HIV-AIDS and in 2001, visited a hospice to kiss and wash the feet of 12 AIDS patients:

After appearing on the balcony of St Peter’s Pope Francis refused to travel in the chauffeured limousine for the short journey back to the Vatican hotel. He choose instead to travel on the shuttle bus with the cardinals:

Pope Francis on his first morning goes to St Mary Major to entrust his ministry to our Blessed Lady:

On his return to the Vatican he called in at the Casa Del Clero (House of the Clergy), a hotel for clergy and residence for clergy working in Rome. Fr Lawrence and Fr Jim have stayed here often. Pope Francis was staying here just before the conclave. He went to pay his bill and collect his belongings:

Cardinal Bergollio (Pope Francis) is know for his simplicity of life – lives in a simple apartment, cooks his own food and travels by public transport:

St. Francis of Assisi, whose name the new pope has taken, heard the Crucified Savior say to him, “Go, Francis and rebuild my Church.”

Habemus Papam – we have a Pope

All of Christ’s faithful at St Robert of Newminster, Morpeth, joyfully welcome the election of Pope Francis.  With filial devotion and affection we assure him of our support and prayers. Viva il Papa! Long Live the Pope.

O God, who in your providential design

willed that your Church be built

upon blessed Peter, whom you set over the other Apostles,

look with favor, we pray, on our Pope Frances

and grant that he, whom you have made Peter’s successor,

may be for your people a visible source and foundation

of unity in faith and of communion.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the

Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

And now we pray and wait..

“May the Lord, who guides our hearts in the love and patience of Christ, be with you all.”

“Venerable Brothers, after having celebrated the divine mystery, we now enter into Conclave to elect the Roman Pontiff. The entire Church, joined with us in prayer, constantly calls upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, to elect from among us a worthy Pastor of all of Christ’s flock. May the Lord direct our steps along the path of truth, so that, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints, we may always do that which is pleasing to him.”

With these words, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re invited all those Cardinals elegible to vote, to proceed to the Sistine Chapel, where the Conclave has begun.

The Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel to begin the Conclave and take the oath of secrecy on the book of the gospels before the doors are locked:

Come Holy Spirit, renew your wonders in this our day, as by a New Pentecost

As the Cardinal electors enter the conclave today they will invoke the Holy Spirit by singing the great hymn – Veni Creator Spiritus. The conclave very much evokes in our minds the image of the Cenacle – the apostles in the upper room waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. All of Christ’s faithful throughout the world are invited to spiritually join the cardinals in the upper room and once more pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Come, Creator Spirit,
visit the minds of those who are yours;
fill with heavely grace
the hearts that you have made.

You who are named the Paraclete,
gift of God most high,
living fountain, fire, love
and anointing for the soul.

You are sevenfold in your gifts,
you are the finger of God’s right hand,
you, the Father’s solemn promise
putting words upon our lips.

Kindle a light in our senses,
pour love into our hearts,
infirmities of this body of ours
overcoming with strength secure.

The enemy drive from us away,
peace then give without delay;
with you as guide to lead the way
we avoid all cause of harm.

Grant we may know the Father through you,
and come to know the Son as well,
and may we always cling in faith
to you, the Spirit of them both.

Here is the great hymn sung in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, sung at Mass for the Consecration of bishop’s:

CLICK HERE for a BBC presentation on how the conclave works.

And here is the Room of Tears: