Newsletter 10th May 2020

Dear Parishioners, 

We continue to pray for an end to this Pandemic, for all the dead and sick and for all who are ill. Our doctors Nurses and care workers are doing a tremendous job and deserve our prayers and support. I hear many good things that are going on in our community, acts of silent Christian Charity  & families coming closer together particularly with vulnerable children.  Perhaps as we move towards Pentecost we can pray for the gifts of wisdom for our Politicians and Scientists as they discern the best way forward for our country. Please God I hope there may be some easing the opening of Churches which form an essential part of our lives.

The Holy father has called us to pray on Thursday 14th May at the Regina Coeli address last Sunday.

During his words following the recitation of the Regina Coeli, the Pope again expressed his closeness those who are suffering from Covid-19, and to those caring for people stricken by the virus at this time.

Pope Francis also expressed his support for an international collaboration that is taking place with various initiatives to respond adequately and effectively to this serious crisis. It is important, he said, “to bring together scientific capacities, in a transparent and impartial way, to find vaccines and treatments and to guarantee universal access to essential technologies that will enable every infected person, in every part of the world, to receive the necessary health care.”

Underlining the importance of prayer at this difficult time, the Pope said he had accepted a proposal of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity that on this coming 14 May, “believers of all religions should unite spiritually for a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic.” Vatican News

VE Day

It was a great joy to see so many families, young and old, in their front garden celebrating VE day. Happy Anniversary! What thanksgiving we have in our hearts for the end of that terrible war in Europe. A mercy of God and of course in August we will celebrate the end of the war in the Far East. It was an end to the fighting in Europe but the Cold War continued till 1989-1990. In fact we could say  we are celebrating 30 years since the many countries of the Eastern Bloc finally regained their freedom. Happy Anniversary to you all!

We should continue to pray for peace & a just world. Apropos of that on Wednesday 13th May we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima who had warned in 1917 about a great War if mankind did not change their ways. She also warned about Russia spreading her errors throughout the world. That warning is still valid as materialism and its offshoot consumerism is still spreading. We need as a Society and a world to rethink our whole way of life. More about that perhaps another day. But it is worthwhile to keep an eye on what the Holy Father and other Bishops are saying at this time.  May our Lady pray for us!

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