Monthly Archives: June 2014

CLICK HERE for St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 22nd June 2014

The Season of Joy continues…

Friday 27 June 7.00pm – in the church : KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFER     (open to all) with Tim Stevens (National parenting speaker and ex-copper)

Fr Lawrence and Fr Jim would especially like to encourage parents and grandparents to make every effort possible to attend this event.

Saturday 28 June 9.30am – in the church hall : BLOKES BREAKFAST              (for blokes only) with Tim Stevens  on faith making a difference in today’s world.

Again, Fr Lawrence and Fr Jim want to encourage the men of the parish to take part.  

Tim Stevens

Tim Stevens brings a different testimony with elements that many will identify with. His account speaks of a workaholic who lost focus on what is important. Faced with the consequences, he bears witness to the power of God to change lives and to seriously protect our children in a challenging world. Tim was a senior detective leading murder and rape investigations, now he works for the faith charity CaFE helping to spread the Good News through mission, conference speaking, retreat giving and film production.



Tues 24 June, 7.00pm, in the church

A talk on the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Tuesday 24th June 7.00pm – Fr Lawrence Jones.

Sunday 29th June – St’s Peter and Paul Feast Day – 2.30pm to 4.30pm –  An afternoon of reflection on THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL – led by Kathryn Turner ((Head of the Department for Spirituality) and Sr Michael  and the Evangelisation Team.  This is a Diocesan event to celebrate the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis “The Joy of the Gospel”.

Thurs 3 July, 7:00pm, in the church: HEALING SERVICE                                       with Fr Dermott Donnelly – Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle. Open to all.

Everyone has their own problems, worries and sorrows as well as their joys and we all need God’s healing for our brokenness. This is a service to bring healing to the whole person.


You are warmly invited to take part in in a 24 hour period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this weekend – from 4.00pm on Saturday 21st June to 9.00am on Sunday 22nd June and then from 12 noon to 7.00pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the monstrance. Please come individually and as families, even if its just for a few minutes, to adore Our Blessed Lord.


This twenty four hour period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a wonderful opportunity for you to come and adore Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, who is really and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. – His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Saint John Paul II tells us that it is the living Jesus who is present in the Eucharist. He tells us “Jesus is not an idea, a sentiment, a memory! Jesus is a person, always alive and present with us! Love Jesus present in the Eucharist!”

A few quotes about Eucharistic Adoration:

 “I throw myself at the foot of the tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his Master.” St. John Vianney

“What Christ gives us is quite explicit if his own words are interpreted according to their Aramaic meaning. The expression ‘This is my Body’ means this is myself” Karl Rahner

“The Eucharist is the heart of the Church. Where Eucharistic life flourishes, there the life of the church will blossom.” Saint John Paul II

“Adoration is a means of allowing ourselves to become penetrated by the love of God” St Peter Julian Eymard

“Our Lord so loved us that he could not separate himself from us, even in his state of glory. The Eucharist is his incarnation continued, multiplied, perpetuated to the end of time… But how few there are for whom Jesus’ sacrament is the love of their life, their first love, their delight!” St Peter Julian Eymard

“God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.” St. Maximilian Kolbe

Last summer Pope Francis led 3 million young people in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Cococabana Beach in Rio De Janiero during a Vigil for World Youth Day. After a period of silent adoration Matt Maher led them in the song,  “Lord I need you.”

St Richard of Chichester

Today (June 16th) is the Feast of St Richard of Chichester. You may not know anything about the life of St Richard of Chichester but you will be familiar with at least part of the prayer he wrote.

Richard, Bishop of Chichester (1245-1253), who became Saint Richard, was a man of strong character, a scholar, but sensible and practical as well, energetic, kind, modest about his own powers, cheerful and courageous. He loved people and was greatly beloved by them.

Prayer of St Richard

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 15th June 2014

CLICK HERE for St Robert of Newminster Newsletter 15th June 2014

CLICK HERE  for the continuation of the Season of Joy

Catholic Church responds to alleged “Trojan Horse” plot.  In light of the alleged “Trojan Horse” plot in Birmingham the Catholic Education Service has produced the following statement:

“Many people are confusing extremism with religion. It should be clarified that the alleged problems in Birmingham concern a number of community schools not faith schools. Catholic schools and other faith schools should not be penalised in response to these allegations.“The Catholic Church welcomes the role of Ofsted in ensuring accountability and inclusive education for all, regardless of belief. Catholic schools are a place where pupils come together to lean about faith in an open and informative way to question and form their own understandings of their faith. Catholic schools exist to provide high academic standards and the formation of the whole person. They are not places of indoctrination or proselytisation. “Catholic schools are an integrated part of local communities with more pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds and deprived areas than national averages.”


Pope Francis kneels to recieve the prayers of 50,000 Catholics for the Gift of the Holy Spirit in the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Are we humble enough to do the same?
On this Occasion the Holy Father prayed:

Lord, look upon your people as we await the Holy Spirit. Watch over our young people, watch over our families, watch over our children, watch over our sick, watch over our priests, consecrated men and women, and us bishops… Watch over us all. And grant us that holy inebriation, the drunkenness of the Spirit, which enables us to speak all languages, the languages of charity, ever close to our brothers and sisters who need us. Teach us not to quarrel among ourselves to get a little more power; teach us to be humble, teach us to love the Church more than our own ‘team,’ than our internal squabbles; teach us to have a heart open to receive the Spirit. Lord, send forth your Spirit upon us! Amen.

Congratulations to Sister Cristina

Sister Cristina Scuccia, who became a global sensation after one appearance on Italian television in March, singing Alicia Keys’ ‘No One’, has won the 2014 edition of The Voice Italy.

 The 25 year-old Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family performed several songs during the finale, including one by her mentor J-Ax before being announced the winner.

On hearing the news, she told the audience, “I want Jesus to enter into here,” and led the crowds in praying an Our Father.

I wish to thank everyone, my sisters, all the people who have supported me at this moment.” She explained that her presence on the program was not about herself, but about “the one who is above. My ultimate gratitude is to the one on high.”

Sr Cristina who comes from Sicily, got on to the program initially through a blind audition. One by one the judges voted for her and were shocked to discover that she was a nun.

She said she was inspired to audition for ‘The Voice’ by the words of Pope Francis to get out onto the streets in his call for a Catholic Church that is closer to ordinary people and their everyday lives. She says she hopes her example “will give young people the will and strength to follow their own dreams.”

I don’t deny that I felt somewhat uneasy when reporters asked me what it feels like to be in the spotlight as a religious. I always answer that when I discovered my vocation, I found myself in the arms of Jesus, and by singing I seek to express God’s beauty.”

Regarding her future, Sister Cristina said she is leaving it in the hands of Providence. “If they send me overseas I will go. If they want me to keep singing I will do so with my kids at the oratory and I will do so with joy.”

You will remember this from March: