You can wish a Merry Christmas to everyone at Saint Mary’s by signing this year’s Justice & Peace Parish / Heavenfield Partnership Christmas Card, and you can make a donation of any amount in support of the Diocesan Refugee Project. The card will be available to sign after all weekend Masses from 1st to 16th December.
We are delighted that the young people from the Children’s Liturgy group at Saint Mary’s are helping us by offering their coloured-in drawings of many of the items which every refugee and asylum seeker needs. For every £5 received, one of the children’s drawings will be placed in a suitcase near the altar.
All donations received from this year’s Christmas card will be given to the Diocesan Refugee Project.
The Diocesan Refugee Project, staffed by trained volunteers, welcomes refugees and asylum seekers to a safe and friendly environment where they sign for and receive a bag of groceries once each week. In a typical week, over 200 bags of food are distributed, and over a hundred items of clothing are provided. English language classes are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by qualified ESOL teachers. Destitute asylum seekers also receive £25 per month.
This year’s Christmas card is by local artist C. Dawson and is based on the statue of Our Lady in Saint. Elizabeth’s Church at Minsteracres.
A Merry Christmas to you all and many, many thanks for your support during the year!
~ from the Justice & Peace Group, Saint Mary’s, Hexham
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