We were fortunate to be able to welcome Father Terkura Igbe, visiting the Parish for the weekend of 29th & 30th September. Father Terkura belongs to the 'Spiritans', previously known as the Holy Ghost Fathers. This is a brief summary of Fr. Terkura's warm, engaging and compelling homily, and his brief biography and appeal for support, at the 9.30am Mass at St. Pius.
[If anyone happens to have a photograph it would be good to put it here - please email StPiusInPrint.co.uk @gmail.com. Thank you!]
Thanks to Frances Allen for bringing Pope Francis' campaign to our attention. It is good to see that St. Peter's School will be using their annual school walk on Friday 29th June - the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul - to support the campaign.
Around 40 people gathered in the hall on Saturday 11th November for another ‘Refugee Supper’ in support of Bishop Richard’s Diocesan Migrant Fund. The event was co-ordinated by Catherine and Alan Hughes and supported by a team of helpers. Catherine and Alan decided on a Mexican theme for the meal. The guest speaker was Aidan Cantwell, the Diocesan Justice & Peace / Social Action Adviser, and Steve Rowden was Master of Ceremonies.
Mike Hornsby-Smith contacted our M.P. by email to express concern about the plight of refugees. He was moved by the BBC documentary about the first anniversary of the destruction of the 'Calais Jungle' and was influenced by the concerns of campaigning groups such as Safe Passage which 'exists to help unaccompanied child refugees and vulnerable adults to find safe, legal routes to sanctuary'. When one of their campaigners visited Calais last month he was appalled by what he saw and reported that 'child refugees are having their bedding stolen, trench foot is rife and police violence against them happens nearly every night. Many of these kids have a right to be here in the UK - they shouldn't have to risk their lives to get here.'
These thoughts from the recent Prayer Vigil begin with images and end with details of the CAFOD/DEC appeal.
Our thanks to Frances Allen for bringing this message to our attention.
“Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”
Dear brothers and sisters!
“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34).