Thank you so very much for your generous donations to the Justice & Peace Parish Christmas Card project this year. The wonderful sum of £1058 was raised for the Diocesan Refugees & Destitute Asylum Seekers Project.
Two copies of the Parish Christmas card with multiple pages of signatures were displayed on the notice board at the back of church.
We also send a special thank you to St. Mary’s Children’s Liturgy for their coloured-in drawings of many of the items every refugee and asylum seeker needs. These filled the ‘suitcase display’ at the front of church.
The West Northumberland Food Bank collects items to help the poorest families in our area, including some people with Coeliac disease.
Demand is usually high, so the Food Bank would always appreciate donations of many types of food and other items, in particular the following:
If you are able to help the Food Bank by donating any of the items listed above, or indeed any other items which you think may help, please leave your donated items in the collection box situated within the Narthex at St. Mary's.
Remember, there is a need for you to help our poorest bretheren throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Think about this ...
This is likely to be very challenging, even confronting. However, once you have begun to read it, it is very important that you continue to the end and then read it line by line from the bottom up.
They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or I
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us all
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not OK to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there.
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way.
Now read that again, line by line from bottom to top. Which is really upside down?
With acknowledgement to Brian Bilston and Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project. St. Macartan’s Social Justice Group