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Catenian Association Wharfedale Circle. Welcome to the Friends of the Holy Land ..... an introduction. 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

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Catenian association wharfedale circle
Catenian AssociationWharfedale Circle

Welcome to the Friends of the Holy Land

..... an introduction


The next few minutes
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







Christian population
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


What are the challenges for the christians in the holy land
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


What needs to be done
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


What do they need
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


Hence the friends of the holy land
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


How did we get here
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


Objectives of the fhl
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


How do we achieve our objectives
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”


What fhl parish groups do
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


Range of fhl projects
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. Martha’s House

  • “Care & Repair” programme for families


More fhl projects
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




Projects humanitarian aid2
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”


On the ground support and contacts
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


How can you help
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


Opportunities to donate to the fhl
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


Your fhl contacts
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 [email protected]

  • Website www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk


Thank you any questions
Thank you Any questions?


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