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Dec 2016



Show Mercy

Pope Francis is always calling us to care for the poor and the marginalised in our society. In one of his audiences he said, “Those who have experienced in their own lives the Father’s mercy cannot remain indifferent before the needs of their brothers and sisters… You cannot stonewall a person who is hungry: he must be fed. Jesus tells us this!” He knows that when we serve the poor we are serving Jesus, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Drops Of Mercy

There are many needy people in our towns and cities today. Helping them all may seem a daunting task but St Teresa of Calcutta assures us, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Her approach was that if we do what we can, with love and kindness, then we can make a difference to someone’s life. Earlier in the year, to celebrate the start of the Year of Mercy, we successfully organised a collection for a local refugee centre and the response to this was very generous. A van full of clothes, shoes, toiletries and other useful items was delivered to the Centre to be passed on to hundreds of grateful refugee families.

Another Appeal

To celebrate the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, an appeal was launched at the Second Saturday Catholic Convention in the West Midlands in September. This ‘FEED THE HUNGRY’ campaign asked for donations of dried and tinned food. These would be included in food parcels that are given out by a group of religious sisters to the poor and needy in Birmingham. There was a great response to the appeal with five large boxes of food being collected in October and a further 50 large boxes in November. And £500 was also raised for the same cause. All the donations were greatly appreciated by those who received the food parcels and our thanks go to everyone who supported this appeal.

In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. - Pope Francis