Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory. [Romans 8:14-17]
In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.
‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’
And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.
Mark 16: 20
The link below will direct you to the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle website where you may see photographs from and listen to the Opening of Fr Lawrence’s Requiem Mass. You may also listen to the Homily from the Requiem Mass given by Fr Michael McCoy.
Yesterday, Tuesday 5 May, Bishop Seamus Cunningham celebrated a Requiem Mass for Fr Lawrence at St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle. Many priests from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and beyond, ministers from other Christian denominations and several-hundred lay people attended the service to pay their respects. During Mass, the preacher, Fr Michael McCoy, drew attention to Fr Lawrence’s devotion to Our Lady, which was clearly expressed by the hymns he had chosen before he died; the Mass began with ‘Immaculate Mary’ and concluded with two Marian antiphons from the Church’s ancient tradition, ‘Regina Cæli’ and ‘Salve Regina’. It was fitting, therefore, that Fr Lawrence was returned to St Robert’s after his Requiem Mass to be buried in the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes which, as parish priest, he had restored. Please continue to remember Fr Lawrence, his family and his former parishioners in your prayers. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
These photographs show the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes when it was opened in 1982 and the statue after it was restored in 2014.
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
Jesus said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it. It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.” John 15:8