Posted on: 22/09/2020
As we saw yesterday, Cafod’s Harvest Fast Day is coming up and I know they are depending on support from parishes especially in these times of the pandemic which has hit countries across the world far more so than ours.
As ever, it is the poor who suffer most and so it’s important to know just where our financial help is going. These are the numbers of people who will be helped by the support of Catholics in England and Wales:
6,686 people and 19,998 families with emergency supplies
28,255 people and 568 families with PPE, sanitizing equipment and Covid-19 tests
The livelihoods of 584 people
1,126 healthcare workers
82,321 people with Covid-19 awareness raising and hygiene training
45,222 people with better equipped and accessible health centres and services
10,500 people and
500 families with cash and voucher transfers
38,638 people and
340 families with additional assistance
I’m sorry I don’t know how to undo the formatting but the figures are very clear - large numbers of people who will benefit directly from our help.
There is also a great link to Cafod’s web page which explains the Church’s response to the crisis
It also explains how to donate on line or by text.
‘God, you call us out of darkness.
May we hear your voice
in the cry of our brothers and sisters in crisis.
As you walk alongside us always.
may we walk beside one another
listening and responding in love.
Shine the light of your compassion through us,
dispelling chaos, fear and despair.
Breathe hope and courage into our hearts
aswe work together to rebuild once more.
Strengthen us, Lord, and keep us steadfast.
Bring healing and comfort to all
and lead us renewed into your marvellous light.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
St Joseph, strength of the weak, pray for us
Posted: 22 October 2020
An early start for me this morning - the chimney sweep was here at 7.30am Do you fancy a little more Baden Powell - he seemed to go down well yesterday
Posted: 21 October 2020
I was looking through my book shelves for a book of Chesterton’s poems; I couldn’t find it but I did come across my ancient yellowing copy of Scouting for Boys by Baden Powell which my parents bought me in 1964.
Posted: 20 October 2020
Buckle up for the next lockdown - and when we do let’s remember those who don’t have a buckle - those struggling for work, missing family, friends and companionship, their support networks drying up. And count our blessings.