Ten suggestions from an enclosed
Carmelite order on how to get through these days in confinement and not perish in the attempt!
'God of life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and wear us down, when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, we beseech thee, Lord, turn our eyes to where the heavens are full of promise.'
~ St. Augustine
Homelessness - How can we help?
Meeting a homeless person on the streets, especially if they have nowhere to go
that night, can be quite shocking and worrying. To think that an individual will
be cold, wet and vulnerable can invoke a host of emotions. Decision-making
around how we act for that person, however, needs to remain clear, needs to keep
the homeless person at the heart of any decision, but also needs to keep you
safe from harm. People experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable
to COVID-19. Any support needs to minimise the risk of infection. Caritas
Plymouth in partnership with St Petrocs, Cornwall, has produced an updated
'Advice On Engaging with People who are Homeless' for supporting people
who are homeless, - 'Love one another as I have loved
you' (John 13:34-35) - available on the Diocesan website link above.
Canon John Deeny (St Cuthbert Mayne, Launceston)
shares his thoughts about Black Lives Matter - the bedrock of Catholic Social Teaching
tells us that human life is sacred - watch here
Mary's Meals latest video "Love Reaches
Meals provide daily school meals to more than 1.6 million children, in 19 countries across the globe.
£15.90 is all it costs to feed a child for a whole school year. Giving talks for churches plays a huge part in raising awareness and raising vital funds.
While volunteers are currently unable to do so, their founder, Magnus, sends a
for church groups. Click links to watch
their short films
31 and Generation
Hope. Their mission is simply to provide one daily meal in a place of learning to attract chronically poor children into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in future, be
a ladder out of poverty. video
2nd June - how Mary’s Meals is feeding hungry children through this pandemic and personal reflections on how faith is bringing hope and comfort.
The Eucharistic Heart - Damian Stayne & Cor et Lumen Christi Community
- In this short talk Damian shares something of his revelation about and encounter with Jesus in the Holy
- watch here
Help to understand the
importance of Mass and why you are missing it (Fr. Philip in newsletter
ask for support, (via 'Transformation Cornwall'), scroll down the latest news
pdf to 'Churches Together in Penzance Area
(CTIPA) Foodbank' and to 'Hayle Foodbank'. Collecting points in local
shops and supermarkets and money donations welcomed. (Transformation
Cornwall is an ecumenical charity that strengthens faith based social action in Cornwall.)
Catholic Childrens' Society
Plymouth - 'Stretch Out Your Hands' appeal ... 'In every country and community across the world, the coronavirus pandemic is turning children’s lives upside down.
We urgently need your help to continue to support vulnerable children and their families throughout the Diocese. The number of grant applications
received has increased as a result of Covid-19 with more families needing help to meet basic needs.
alternative fundraising, we set up a crowdfunding page. Please help
to reach the target of £6000
by donating here
or via the website here.'
A user's guide to wearing a face mask (to the shops) BBC
Trevelloe House Bluebells
a lovely video reminder of bluebell walks for charity, supported by