Last week the children’s liturgy group designed their own cards with messages for refugees; these are displayed by the cross and will be sent to refugees via CAFOD.
Thanks to the 10 out of our 300+ congregation for writing their messages of hope & support on the Lampedusa cards so far. Hopefully the children’s contribution will encourage others to do the same. There are cards by the cross where you can write your message of hope & support.
Millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees but ‘they are all our bothers and sisters’ (Pope Francis). Cards in the box will be shared with refugees in the UK and across the world. If words fail you read the children’s cards or see video at: http://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Refugee-action/Send-a-message-of-hope for inspiration
From November to March each year, 15 churches, including our own, participate in providing shelter to homeless people in Worthing. As we mark Homelessness Sunday, it is sobering to reflect that there has been a 173% increase in referrals to night shelters in the town since 2014. The guests attending the centres are offered a chance to understand the causes of their homelessness and attempt to overcome them.
We are all very happy to see, week after week, the large number of girls and boys who kindly serve at Sunday (and other) Masses; they are so generous with their time and energies (they do a lot more for the parish than most of us see!). The time has come to replace their rather tired and worn-out robes. Fr Terry would like to purchase new cassocks and cottas, in all appropriate sizes, for our Altar Servers. It is estimated that this will cost about £2000. If you would like to help, or can give a little, kindly place it in an envelope marked ‘Altar Servers’ and pass it to Fr Terry.
It will take a little while to build up enough cash, but the final effect will be worth the wait!
Thank you for your generosity. In the meantime, please pray for our Altar Servers; who knows, we may have a few priests or Religious among them?
YEMEN CRISIS CAFOD is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) – a coalition of aid agencies which has launched an appeal to respond to the appalling humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The civil war is now into its second year. The UN estimates that the conflict has killed more than 10,000 people; the resulting humanitarian crisis is desperate. More than 7 million in Yemen do not know where their next meal will come from. CAFOD’s partner in Yemen is providing humanitarian assistance in the form of food, water, medical care and shelter, but there is an urgent need for donations to help CAFOD respond to this crisis. If you can help please donate online at http://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/yemen-crisis-appeal, or send in donations to CAFOD, which will be used towards responding to this crisis. Advent is a time of prayer and reflection and as part of that we remember in our prayers all our brothers & sisters suffering in the world and unable to experience the joy of Christmas. Please give if you can.
The Winter Night Shelter has now started again in the Parish Centre and continues every Monday night/Tuesday morning until next March. We have a brilliant team of volunteers in place. If any new faces want to join us, you are very welcome to call in from 7.30pm onwards. We would be grateful if you would keep this project in your prayers.
Fr Terry and a number of parishioners attended a meeting to learn about this excellent recently-launched local charity.
Please watch this space for news of fund-raising events and information evenings.
Are you a landlord? Do you have ‘spare’ property or rooms to rent? Could you consider housing, for a short time, a Syrian refugee family?
Please speak to Fr Terry or Rod Thick if you can assist with this.
Be bold! You can do it!
More information at worthing4refugees.org.uk
Daily on our TV screens we see the plight of destitute refugees who have left everything, desperate to escape the war in Syria. Again we have been asked to help with this never-ending tragedy. Our Justice & Peace Group has teamed up with English Martyrs to collect items that will go directly to refugees in Syria & Iraq. Working in partnership with the charity Samara’s Aid (www.samarasaidappeal.org), boxes of aid are sent direct to our brothers and sisters in the camps.
So what’s needed? Adult & child’s winter shoes, boots, wellies, trainers; winter clothing, sleeping bags, bedding, Moses baskets, baby bedding, travel cots; nappies, incontinence/sanitary products, soap, washing powder. New only underwear. Everything must be either new or, if used, in good condition.
Please bring items to any Mass on Sun 25th September. On Tuesday 27th an army of volunteers will be needed after 10.00am Mass to sort the clothes in the Parish Centre. Pope Francis has said that “refugees are not numbers; they are people who have faces, names, stories & need to be treated
as such.” Please do help.
Maurice has very kindly offered to raffle this painting, executed by his own hand, to raise funds for the parish. We are most grateful. Raffle tickets will be available from next Sunday (when the painting will be on view) and the draw will take place on Sunday 9th October.
Please be generous in purchasing raffle tickets for this high-quality art work.
Sadly our boiler has broken down and we need to raise £11,800 to replace it.
Total contributions received so far amount to £10,480 – which is fabulous and thank-you for your extraordinary generosity.
Please do help us to complete this important work and give what you can, either through donations in the church or even online using the free BTMyDonate service. Remember, please consider gift-aiding any cash contribution by using one of your special envelopes or a yellow envelope which you will find at the entrance of the church. A donation amounting to £20 will then become £25 as we claim the tax back from HMRC. Cheques to be made payable to St Mary of the Angels, thank-you.
This week a member of the Parish Finance Committee (who do great work on our behalf!) will be speaking at all Masses. We will be asked to reconsider our financial giving to the parish and there will also be a very brief presentation on Planned Giving alongside an appeal for special donations for a renewed church heating system and boiler. You will be asked to take home, complete, and return, a Promise Card.
Please do think carefully about how best you can support the parish financially. Remember you can also make a donation to the parish using our online giving tool “BTMyDonate”. This is a free charity donation service, which also allows you to Gift Aid your donation.Go here (https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/stmaryoftheangelscatholicchurchworthing) to access our BTMyDonate page.