LOCKDOWN – OUR CHURCH’S RESPONSE

Please see below the copy of a letter from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the government, concerning the closure of places of worship.

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PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – JULY 2021

Fr Colin Mason, Vocations Director for Clifton Diocese, will be one of the Spiritual Directors on next year’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This is designed specifically for young UK Catholic adults 18-35ish. In addition to celebrating Mass at some of the Holiest places on Earth, exploring places mentioned in the Bible there is also a lot of fun! Swimming in the Dead Sea, rafting the Jordan River, and camping out in the Judean Desert!  Check out   YouCAN Instagram handle youngcatholicadultnetworkuk. You can also see pics of last year’s trip at https://youngcatholicadultnetwork.uk/

There is a £150 reservation fee, returnable should we decide, for whatever reason, not to go. About a third of the places have already been booked.  Contact rina@youngcatholicadultnetwork.uk for Itinerary, pricing and booking form. 

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THE GIVING MACHINE SCHEME

If you shop on line your chosen charities can benefit

How TheGivingMachine Works

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Click on the links above to learn about this scheme, promoted by the Diocese.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. No fees, no hassle. All you need to do is click via TheGivingMachine every time you shop online. It’s as simple as that!

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RECITING THE ROSARY AT ST JOSEPH’S

Many have been faithfully saying a daily rosary at home during the COVID crisis of course but there is much comfort in being together as we ask Our Lady to intercede for us with God at this difficult time for everyone

Hopefully we will shortly return to saying the Rosary before Mass each Wednesday morning, starting at 9.30am.  Whilst previously we had come together for this wonderful prayer on Friday mornings, it is important to use the church only every three days to ensure we protect against COVID 19 as best we can.

Whenever you find the rosary being recited in our church, please join in as soon as you arrive.

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SAMARA’S AID AND LATEST UPDATE

 

Dear Parishioner

Thank you all so much for your unbelievable generosity over the last number of years in response to our appeals for aid, made on behalf of Samara Levi.

The charity founded five years ago this month has, over time, dispatched in excess of 100 shipping containers full of medical equipment, countless dignity bags for ladies and girls, essential items for children and babies, bedding etc, and even a number of ambulances!

Alongside this, Samara has funded the re-establishment of badly damaged hospitals and had the brilliant idea of having a number of the empty containers coverted into frontline trauma centres.

We were expecting another appeal during last January however, following feedback from sources in Syria that the border was closing to foreign aid, the shipment was cancelled.

As a result, our refugee support group (TRSG) decided to divert the aid we had accumultated to a well known charity that were, due to having a greater historic connection with the Middle East, able to access the areas in most neeed.

We have sinc suspended large scale appeals, but have continued to receive small quantities of clothing, knitted items etc that have been delivered to a charity in Malvern that has continued to sort and supply these to where they are most needed.

As a matter of interest, Samara continues to work tirelessly in support for the needs of the millions of Syrians still desperately short of health care provision and so much more.

If you are interested in finding out more about the charity please go the website  www.samarasaidappeal.org

She has, in fact, just had published a book telling her own story on how she was so moved to start this work – You can find it on Amazon entitiled “Rebuilding the Ruins”

Smara’s focus now is to raise funds to build a new hospital, which is currently in the early stages of being designed.  However, this is a fairly long term project and will need funding.

In terms of future aid supplies, there is a suggestion that later this year there will be an appeal for children’s school items where we will be asked to provide school bags filled with all the small but necessary things for their education.

Finally, our situation isn’t ideal for us to commit  full time to this rewarding work.  If there is anyone feeling  able to help we would be so very grateful.

Best wishes

Richard and Bridget Sear

 
 
 

 

 

 

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