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Title: Welcome to the Friends of the Holy Land


1
Catenian AssociationWharfedale Circle
  • Welcome to the Friends of the Holy Land
  • ..... an introduction

2
The Next Few Minutes
  • Background to the Holy Land
  • The challenges for the Christians in the Holy
    Land
  • The FHL background and objectives
  • FHL projects humanitarian aid
  • How you can help
  • Questions

3
The Holy Land
4
Jerusalem (Old City)
5
Jerusalem
6
Bethlehem the Church of the Nativity
7
Bethlehem 2011
8
Christian Population
  • 340,000 Christians in the region
  • Less than 2
  • Bethlehem - reduced from 80 to 20
  • Jerusalem - 400,000 Jews
  • - 400,000 Muslims
  • - 10,000 Christians
  • The Christian population is declining

9
What are the challenges for the Christians in the
Holy Land?
  • Restricted ability to travel
  • 28 unemployment
  • Financial plight below the poverty line
  • Those remaining find it difficult to make a
    living
  • Many are moving away
  • Lack of awareness of their difficulties

10
What needs to be done?
  • Strengthen their position to keep Christianity in
    the Holy Land
  • Create an environment where our Christian
    brothers sisters can be self sufficient
  • Give them a reason to stay in the Holy Land

11
What do they need?
  • Support
  • Prayers
  • Visits (pilgrimages)
  • Financial support (Humanitarian aid, supporting
    projects, facilitating the export of goods)
  • Self Respect
  • Outlets for what they produce
  • To be self sufficient/able to work
  • Greater Awareness
  • Of their problems

12
Hence ........ The Friends of the Holy Land
  • A Charity established in England Wales
  • based on Parish Groups of Friends working
  • together to support the Christian
  • Community in the Holy Land

13
How did we get here?
  • Concept started with pilgrimages to the Holy Land
    from 2000 onwards
  • Consultation with, and involvement of, the
    Bishops Conference of England Wales
  • Registered as a Charity in 2009
  • Patrons
  • The Most Rev. Vincent Nichols
  • The Most Rev. Patrick Kelly
  • The Most Rev. Bernard Longley

14
Objectives of the FHL
  • For the Christian Community in the Holy Land
  • To raise awareness of the difficulties they are
    facing
  • To encourage and to provide for prayers to be
    offered for their intentions
  • To give financial support to aid their well-being

15
How do we achieve our objectives?
  • Through FHL Parish Groups
  • Based on the SVP model
  • Through a National Structure
  • Catholic Bishops Conference of England Wales
  • National FHL Office and National Committee
  • Supporting FHL Parish Groups
  • Parish Clergy
  • Friends

16
What FHL Parish Groups do
  • Support objectives of awareness, prayer and
    providing financial support.
  • Meet monthly with guideline agenda
  • Run fund raising events
  • Spread the word through pulpit presentations
  • Sell olive wood and other items made in the Holy
    Land, providing income employment
  • Support Projects the Widows Mite Fund
  • Encourage pilgrimage to the Holy Land

17
Range of FHL Projects
  • House repair, providing local employment
  • Distribution of blankets, heaters, medicines,
    food parcels
  • School projects
  • Establishment support of a Day Care Centre
    St. Marthas House
  • Care Repair programme for families

18
More FHL Projects
  • Provision of transport for the elderly and infirm
  • Sponsor students through their education at
    School or University
  • Fund Parish/community activities
  • ie. summer schools/youth clubs
  • Fund small self-help projects

19
Projects/Humanitarian Aid
20
Projects/Humanitarian Aid
21
Projects/Humanitarian Aid
  • I have never got a present on Christmas day and
    now I did. Thanks God after seventy years I have
    someone who cares for me
  • I hope that God will increase the Christians all
    over the world and keep the Christians of the
    Holy Land in their Land forever
  • Now that I feel there is a loving God in the
    sky
  • My illness is gone in this moment, thank you so
    much
  • May God help them as they helped us

22
On the Ground Support and Contacts
  • Centrally through the Latin Patriarchate
  • Direct through Parish Priests
  • Through the coordination of three Parishes
  • Through personal contacts on the ground

23
How can you help ?
  • Support an FHL Group in your Parish
  • Request a pulpit presentation. Arrange a meeting
  • Read our brochure/newsletter. Visit our website
    www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk
  • Complete a friends registration form to keep
    you informed of progress, locally and nationally
  • Become an ambassador for the FHL
  • Make your friends family aware of the FHL
  • Consider joining the next Catenian Pilgrimage to
    the Holy Land 19 - 29 March 2012.
  • Pray and donate as much as you are able

24
Opportunities to donate to the FHL
  • Complete a donation form
  • Consider planned giving through a regular
    standing order
  • Gift aid if you are a UK tax payer
  • Collect small change in your own olive wood crib
    box
  • Request donations to the FHL in lieu of presents
    at your next celebration!
  • Provide a legacy to the FHL in your Will

25
Your FHL Contacts
  • National Chairman Dr. Michael Whelan
  • National Vice Chairman Peter Rand
  • Honorary Secretary Peter Horgan
  • FHL General Manager Sean Higgins
  • 2 Station Road, Kenilworth, Warks. CV8 1FP
  • Telephone 01926 512980
  • Email friendsoftheholyland_at_btconnect.com
  • Website www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk

26
Thank you Any questions?
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