Lockdown in UK parishes: CAFOD's support
Through their network of volunteers, young CAFOD leaders and staff are keen to support, in whatever way possible, the opening up of churches.
They are offering various online resources to help parishioners and schools to pray and to engage:
- Online children’s liturgy,
- Programme of online talks, prayer and Masses
- Summer of Hope ideas for families and parishioners to transform lockdown and cancelled summer events or things they've been missing into some fun fundraising and easy ways to brighten up lockdown
- CAFOD have also allowed their staff the opportunity to use their CAFOD working hours to help in their local parishes as stewards.
Not Quite Groundhog Day
Another day scarcely discernable
From yesterday - and probably from tomorrow-
Neighbours’ curtains, still drawn,
Reflect Life-style changes.
Yet in the sunlit garden,
Another life still flourishes.
A flock of twittering sparrows
Cavort joyously among the patio pots.
What is it that attracts
These chirpy, carefree creations?
On slender, wind-blown ferns,
Acrobatic feats and manoeuvres
Attract the attention
Of not only their flirting female companions,
But also one who watches, entranced.
A quick sortie for the phone.
Snaps or a video?
Try not to capture
The elderly reflection in the window!
Focus. Ready for action!
As if by touch of magician's wand,
An eruption of sparrows
Vacate their playground.
Perhaps, another David Bailey attempt later?
Not, alas, with photographic genius,
Just handfuls of mixed bird seed,
Presages a not-so-mundane afternoon!
Eileen Murray © 9 July 2020
CTMH NEWSLETTER 29.6.20
It has been nearly two months since the last letter. As people have been shut down within their homes, much of the focus has been on meeting immediate needs in our own lives and those around us, but some have been looking at their homes and thinking about building projects.
As the Church, we have been responding to immediate needs, and many have been at the front line caring for those around us. But we have also had space to reflect and look forward as we emerge from lock down. One of my architectural enquiries led me to a short book written in in 1995 by Walfred J. Fahrer entitled “Building on the Rock”. Walfred addresses the identity of Church, being Church and building Church Together from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective. In the discussion questions at the end of chapter two he asks:
“what would happen to your congregation if you could no longer meet together for public worship on Sunday Mornings?”
How do our church communities build from here? How is the Spirit guiding us? May we all be open and pray for our denomination leaders and local leadership as they consider the way forward.
DAY FOR LIFE.
Sunday 21st June is the Day for Life. The theme this 2020 is Choose Life, with a particular focus on protecting mothers and unborn children, and bringing hope and healing after abortion. For info go to www.dayforlife.org.
Do you need someone to talk to? If you are looking for confidential and free help, call the Pregnancy Matters helpline on 0808 802 5433 or text Pregnancy Matters on 07860 077 339.
The day for life website has a series of videos exploring various issues at http://www.dayforlife.org/home/audio-and-film/
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