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PRESS RELEASE  from Bishop Declan Lang 7th April 2015

Bishop Declan Lang: Delight at the Cremisan Valley Final Judgement  

I am delighted that the High Court of Justice in Israel ruled on Maundy Thursday that the extension of the separation wall through the Cremisan valley “violated the rights” of the people of Beit Jala.

The proposed wall through the Cremisan valley threatened to separate the nineteenth century Salesian monasteries and a convent school.  The Court has instructed the Israeli government to plan a new route, although it has set no time frame for the new plans. 

I am against all walls that separate communities from each other, let alone from their lands and their properties. 

This judgment rightly puts paid to any attempts to weaken the status of Christians in this southern part of Palestine.  Separating walls create difficulties in movement, access to worship and to education.

I share the joy of HB Fouad Twal, Latin-rite Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, in welcoming this decision.

Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton 
Chair of the International Affairs Department of Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales

Freddie Freckles’ Teddies: Such has been the demand for the pattern that it is now on the website and 50 copies have been run off for each parish. Keep knitting! Click here for the pattern

Offertory Envelopes 2015/16—some still to be collected.

Offertory Envelopes 2015/16. Please consider “Gift Aiding” your offertory contributions. If you are a taxpayer the parish can claim back an extra 25% of your offering at no additional personal expense. For those already in the scheme—boxes for 2015/16 are available today after all Masses in the Hughes Room. Special Collection envelopes are also available, on request, for those who pay by standing order. 

Work on the church continues this week. Different areas of the church will be cordoned as necessary.  PLEASE NOTE: No Wednesday Exposition on 25 March.

Reconciliation Service. The Pastoral Area Reconciliation Service will be this Thursday 19 March at 6.30pm here in Bishop Eton. On this occasion absolution will be offered individually at the end of the service. There should be more than enough priests available.

The family of Austin Edward Coyle RIP would like to thank everybody in the parish for the many expressions of sympathy, cards and flowers. Your love and prayers have been much appreciated.

Mr Lewis, from Our Lady's Bishop Eton School, will be running the London Marathon tomoney for the charity VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action.) Any donations are welcome via the school office.

Body Shop Pamper Party in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on Saturday 14 March at 2.00pm in the Fisher-More Hall. Please see poster in the porch.

Proclaim' 15—please see the letter on the noticeboard from Cardinal Vincent Nichols giving full details of this initiative. The next parish group session is on Monday 2 March from 12.40pm—2.00pm.


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