Fr Lawrence’s body will be received here at St Robert’s on Monday 4 May 2015 at 7pm, followed by Mass. Bishop Seamus will celebrate his Requiem Mass on Tuesday 5 May 2015 at 12 noon at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, followed by burial at St Robert’s.
With great sadness we announce that our greatly loved and respected Parish Priest, Fr Lawrence Jones (1962-2015), has died, aged 53. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
Fr Lawrence was ordained to the priesthood at Ushaw College on 21 June 1986 and he served the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in the following parishes: as curate at St Peter’s, Low Fell (August 1986 to September 1992) and St Aidan’s, Ashington (September 1992 to August 1994), and as parish priest at English Martyrs, Stockton (August 1994 to August 2004), St Cuthbert’s, Kenton (September 2005 to September 2009) and St Robert’s, Morpeth (September 2009 to April 2015).
Fr Lawrence was a kind and generous priest whose life gave glory to God; here he is talking about his vocation:
May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem. May choirs of angels welcome you and lead you to the bosom of Abraham; and where Lazarus is poor no longer may you find eternal rest.
Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded.
Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:
‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’
Think of how blessed we are that Jesus should have said “Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe”, because that includes us!
“At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden was a tomb, in which no-one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish Day of Preparation and since the tomb was near by, they laid Jesus there” (John 19:41-42)