Faith is both a way of thinking and a way of doing; it is prayer and service; when our heart opens in faith to Jesus, our hands open in aid to the poorest of the poor. Openness to faith is a call in our whole lives. Jesus is never a finished product for us. He has always something new to offer in love and something new to offer in wisdom. Like the blind man listening to his instructions to wash in the pool, we are the richer by listening to his word, and allowing his word and the faith of the community guide us in life.
In February, in a pastoral letter, the Catholic Bishops of S. Sudan have called on the international community “for immediate…… concrete intervention & action before …… it is too late.”
In Somalia, the UN estimates that … over 400,000 children now in need of urgent life-saving support.
In northern Kenya, the government declared drought a national disaster in February, affecting more than 2 million people in northern region of the country.
In Ethiopia, failed autumn rains in 2016 have led to a new drought affecting 5.6 million people in the southern and south eastern regions of the country.
The second collection at all Masses next weekend will be in aid of the CAFOD appeal for help.
Our parish is made up of lots of small groups engaged in different activities, many of them involved in charity work. This is all a vital part of what we are about. Here are just a few: