Some of the charities and organisations which the parish
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The APF (Red Mission Boxes)
emptied Nov-Dec Cenacolo - collection of food every month
Christian Aid -
special week every January
for the needy- monthly
St Catherine's Hospice
Most recent news and related items are listed below, but these are only
a sample as sums like these are raised every week in the year
December - Foodbanks - Thank you for all the
food and toiletries already received. plus your contributions to 'Share
It' baed at Ingol.
The response has been very good, thank you. Even if it comes after this weekend or next (Christmas) it will all help!
November The recent collection for Poor Parishes ("Missions") raised £271.13. Many thanks
October The recent Youth Services collection raised £262.90. PACT - Prison & Care Trust send their thanks for the £106.23 parish collection on recent Prisoners' Sunday. Many thanks for both these collections.
YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY to the recent
SPUC ‘White Flower Appeal’ which raised
Many thanks,.too, for the CRIB COLLECTION (‘Mission Together’) which came to £107.93, for children overseas to have the Faith.
The Cumbria and North Lancashire Flood Victims collection amounted to £112.65.
Our collection for the work of PACT – Prison Advice & Care Trust raised £54.96 and the thanks received included the message ‘ you are helping us to outreach to more people coming out of prison and help them on the first vital few months after release’. These collections have been really generous and excellent.
FLOODS IN CUMBRIA
from the Bishop: Donations can be made by cheque to Cumbria Community Foundation
Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 OPN
Or we can text 70070 with the message ' FLUD15 and the amount (e.g. FLUD£10)
HEARTBEAT & BABYBEAT - Coffee Morning raised £200. The Organisers thank the parish very much for their support, & enjoyed the soup !
Thanks to the increased support at the recent dance, and including donations we raised £210 for Derian House, Children’s Hospice.-
PARISH DANCE - Although reduced numbers on
this occasion we still managed to raise £138 for 'The
Preston Support Group for Osteoporosis'.
We hope to top that for our next dance on Sat. 28th March.
Thanks to all who supported the recentwhich raised £158 for 'The Space Centre', a Preston based specialised care centre for the mentally or physically disabled.
contributions to our food parcel service (in the first week of November)
were magnificent. Thank you to all who gave so generously and also thanks
for the plastic bags. We are now well stocked for some time. ‘ God bless,
£2025-35 was recently paid into the KALOMO Account . WELL DONE to OLSE Primary School who raised this wonderful amount!
A BIG THANK YOU FROM SR. MARY & the KALOMO Community. ‘Please thank the Parish so much for the wonderful gesture of raising £2776.00 in memory of Peter Williams. He would be so delighted to know that Sr. Mary has chosen to build a teacher's house as a lasting memorial of him in Kalomo’. Barbara Ryan
The recent collection for Home Missions amounted to £253.20.Thank you.
St Augustine’s Foodbank. ‘Please thank all who gave such useful items and donations’. God bless, Philomena SHCJ
‘We were most grateful for the many bags of food donations which came on Tuesday. Last week we had almost run out so it helped to fill the cupboard once more. Please thank all who support us so faithfully’. God bless, Philomena SHCJ
£520 has been paid into the Kalomo account, this being the recent bucket collection total to mid April. Many thanks to the Parishioners for their continuing generosity.
The monthly SVP collection for January raised £182.00. Thank you for your generosity.
8 December 2013
PARISH DANCE - The recent dance raised £244, including donations, which will go towards the project in memory of Deacon Peter Williams - to build a house in Kalomo. Thanks to all who supported and contributed to the success of the dance.
S.V.P. UPDATE - St Vincent de Paul wrote: ‘If you consider the poor in the light of faith, then you will see that they take the place of God the Son, who himself chose to be poor’.
Thank you for your gift of £1800 over the past year , thus helping us to carry out SVP work; by helping sustain livelihood in India through our 3 twinnage conferences, assisting Sr. Eileen here for those in need, funding a holiday centre, & Gift 92. ..................................................................................................................................................................
“ Thank you once more to the parish for the truly bounteous supply of food which was delivered yesterday for our food parcel service here at St Augustine's parish house. Yesterday alone we gave out 51 parcels! If you are thinking of donating these are the items that are most useful to our callers: tins of baked beans, rice pudding, soup, something meaty or hot dogs, vegetables, spaghetti. Dried goods such as tea bags and coffee, noodles, individual savoury rice packs and individual savoury pasta packs are also most acceptable. God bless you for your constant generosity”. Sister Philomena
|SVP - 200 hundred years anniversary of Blessed
Frederic Ozanam, Founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Frederic
was born 23 April 1813, the fifth of fourteen children. At the age of
just 20 he gathered some colleagues and began to respond in practical
ways to the poverty and hardship he saw in the lives of people around
him. They visited people in their homes and offered friendship and support.
Frederic Ozanam died on 8 Sept 1853 aged 40. He was beatified in Paris by Pope John Paul II in 1997
|This ‘home visitation’, remains
a core activity for St Vincent de Paul Society members and volunteers
today. The members met together regularly as a group for prayer and
mutual support, to share ideas about how they could best assist others.
. There are now 1.3m SVP members in some 148 countries . SVP 1833 is a branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society, for members in the 18-30+ age-group. Groups may be based in university chaplaincies where Catholic / Christian students meet, or in city centres. They meet as friends to pray and to reflect on the message of the Gospel to reach out to those in need. They get involved in projects in the local community , to offer a helping hand and provide a listening ear to people who are disadvantaged in some way. Typical activities include: providing support for the homeless in soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
If you wish to find out more about the work we do, please contact Mr Tony Rowland (774968) or any of our members.
October PARISH DANCE - Thanks to everyone who supported the recent dance and helped to raise £153 for Derian House, the Children's Hospice. The next dance will be a special one for the parish. The money will go towards the 'Kalomo Project' in memory of Peter Williams. Please note the date - Saturday 30th November.
March 2013 St
Augustine's Food Collection
"Thank you to everyone who contributed to the food supplies for our callers at St Augustine's parish house. It was wonderful to see the trolley piled high and in the bags some Easter treats. On behalf of all our support team, we wish you a blessed and joyful Easter.
St Vincent DePaul Society - thank you very much indeed for your donations of £234 last weekend. Every Christmas our group gives Sister Eileen a cheque to help buy essentials for needy families elsewhere in Preston, and buys food for Sr. Eileen to make up into hampers and distribute. This year, from the collections over the months, they bought food to the value of £712. THANK YOU!
Another good attendance plus seasonal music and mince pies made the recent dance a very enjoyable evening for everyone and raised £201 for 'Life Education'. We hope to see you all again at the next dance on the 16th February.
St Augustine's Food Bank - now with a regular collection
at our church
Cenacolo - When the Callagher family took to the SVP at St Augustine’s some of the food which was donated on Harvest Sunday on the 6th/7th October (plus what they collected at Damien’s school), they were about to go and buy food because their stock had run so low. They are so grateful to you, as are the young men at Cenacolo when they receive theirs. Fox Street, too, have sent their sincere thanks.
‘SVP give vital support’. There was a report in this month’s ‘Catholic Voice’ on what St Augustine’s SVP is doing with our help.
Parish Dance - A much increased attendance at the recent dance made it a very enjoyable evening for everyone and raised £210 for North West Air Ambulance. We hope to see you all again at the next dance on the 1st December. PS. Don't keep it to yourself - bring a friend!
People wanting to help the Rwanda Group Trust have attempted 5 peaks in 55 hours: 1 each in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire. It's in aid of feeding and educationg children in Rwanda and health care there. Sponsor on www.rwandagrouptrust.org.uk or at the shop in Syke St.
July - Parish Dance - Thanks to a very kind donation of £38 which completed our organ repair, the dance was able to donate £131 for Cenacolo.
2012 July OLSE raised £1043.28 for Christian Aid (It's the first year we've topped £1000) A big THANKYOU to all volunteers and donors.
The Elizabethan Singers would like to thank you for the support in helping to raise over £1000 with their Christmas concerts. The proceeds have gone to St Catherine's Hospice and to a leprosy orphanage.
ONLY TWO HOURS PER WEEK (Mornings,
afternoons or evenings)
We are STILL short of VOLUNTEER VISITORS on the Catholic Chaplaincy team in RPH.
'I was sick and you visited me' (Mt 25: 36)
You would have 2 or 3 wards to visit each week, the same wards so that you could get to know the staff. You would be meeting the spriritual needs of the patient, by a simple chat and/or giving Holy Communion. No previous experience needed - full training given.
Age - between 20 and 70. Please contact Fr Darren Carden, 719604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR LADY & ST EDWARD'S SVP CONFERENCE 1010-1011
Our SVP has 13 members. We undertake a wide range of activities. 3 of our members help voluntarily at Gift 92, a charity that provides furniture to people in need. We also visit the sick and housebound in the area and during 2011 we have made more than 140 house visits and more than 100 visits to people in residential/nursing homes in the area. If you know someone who would like to be visited please let one of our members know. From the monies collected at our meetings and from the monthly church collections we were able to make donations of £1,748 to needy causes. This included £300 to our twin SVP Conference in India and £272 sent to the Sudan Baby Appeal. Thank you for all your support throughout the year. SVP
CENACOLO - During
this past year, with the support of so many parishioners and friends, we
£83.52 from the collection box in church
£813 from 4 social events
£50 from a personal donation
Making a grand total of £946.52. This money has been forwarded to the Tustees for the benefit of the house and community. THANK YOU.
THANKS to all who supported the recent dance and helped to raise £173 for St Catherine's Hospice. This included additional donations from parishioners. Next dance - Saturday 3 December.
Zambia Thank you for your continued support. In the last financial year the Bucket Collection raised the magnificent sum of £4,600. The last container of waste paper on the car park produced £28. Every penny goes to Kalomo. Keep loading the skip. Sister Mary is well and will be visiting us again in October, and she will tell us how the money is being used.
Thanks to the increased numbers that attended we raised £147 for the North-West Air Ambulance Service. Next dance May 18th - please bring a friend!
THE KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA
is an order of Catholic laymen dedicated to the service of the church and wider community.
The members engage in charitable works and support the Church in its social teaching/
A leaflet telling you more can be found in the porch.
The membership officer is Philip Wilcock (01772 316962)
THANKS to all who supported a recent dance which raised £140 for the Little Sisters of the Poor.
THANKS TO ALL who supported a recent Parish Dance and helped to raise £125 for the Children's Bereavement Support Service at Vine House
Sunday 24 October World Mission
This year's theme was'Share your Faith - Give life! Our prayers and donations help to support mission projects and Catholic communities across the world to grow towards self-sufficiency. Through Missio the Holy Father invites every Catholic in the world to contribute to a special collection on this day; your help will bring hope and new life to people thirsting to hear of God's love for them. We share in the work of missionaries and the young churches as they too share their faith and give life, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances. It is our chance to be united with Catholics all over the world in prayer, friendship and support. Today’s collection is essential to the Church’s life and outreach across the world, sharing God’s love and changing lives. The work of the young Church depends on our spiritual and material support for its survival and growth.
The money collected today will go in its entirety to support mission projects worldwide. Please give what you can, every gift can make a difference and if possible please use the Gift Aid envelopes provided at the back of church.
The recent collection for the Volunteer Missionary Movement came to £375. This money has now been sent.
Thanks to those who brought boxes to church - £128.65 was collected. Your boxes can be picked up from the back of church. If you have any queries regarding boxes please get in touch with Jennifer Mein. (see the parish leaflet)
L'Arche is an international family of faith-based communities
in which people with learning disabilities and their assistants live and work
together. There are some 120 communities in 30 countries worldwide, including
10 in the UK. The Preston Community is based in a large house overlooking Moor
Park, comprising 6 people with learning disabilities, with 7 live-in assistants
and a local support network of paid and volunteer workers.
They held an open afternoon at 3 Moor Park Ave on September 11th, followed by a concert by young musicians in St John's Minster later.
Cenacolo is an Italian word meaning 'the room of the Last Supper, and was adopted by an Italian nun, Sr Elvira when she began her work with drug addicts some 25 years ago. She began in a derelict property in the town of Salutto in Northern Italy and now the movement has 50 communities spread throughout the world.
Four years ago a Cenacolo Community was established at the former presbytery, Dodding Green, Kendal, and in keeping with all Communities prayer is at the heart of the life of these recovering addicts. Christ is the healer and through the Eucharist, Gospel sharing and prayer the lads are able to turn their lives around. Currently Dodding Green is taking up to 16, but work is going ahead to rebuild an old barn which will provide much needed additional space. Cenacolo depends entirely upon people's generosity, there is no state funding. The lads live totally on providence, they depend on the food they are given.
Recent Events in Support of Cenacolo:
Thank you to all who supported the Quiz Night in May. It was a great success and an enjoyable evening. We raised £293. A wonderful amount for the Cenacolo Community .
2nd Sunday of the month Food Collection for Cenacolo
CENACOLO COMMUNITY thank you very much for your generous offerings which were beyond all expectations. Everything has been transported to Dodding Green. When Diego and Michael were here 2 weeks ago, they extended an invitation to visit the Community on Saturday 27th November when their play ‘NAZARETH’ will be performed. It is an outdoor drama about the Nativity and begins as dusk falls about 4pm. Many people attend from the lads' families and the diocese.
Following the testimonies we heard (on Saturday 6 November) from some of the lads from the Cenacolo Community we asked for help for them from our parish. Cenacolo depends entirely on your generosity, there is no state funding. The young men live totally on Providence, that is , they rely on the food they are given or are able to grow themselves. A collection of provisions will be made REGULARLY, on the SECOND WEEKEND OF THE MONTH, (13th/14th November) after every mass. (See the Calendar for reminders) There will be a collection point in the church porch. The foodstuff must be tinned or dried, eg. couscous, brown/white rice, pasta, dried fruit, sugar, tea, coffee, tinned food, long-life milk or any other suitable items. Fresh food is not acceptable as all perishable food needs to be transported immediately and this is not always possible. Your generosity is called upon to enable these lads to continue on their journey to recovery. Most of all remember the community in your prayers. THANK YOU.
Cenacolo Collection (Most recent 14-15th November.
Next collection - to be announced)
It would be good if we could look to support Cenacolo, maybe having the occasional collection of food and have people prepared to collect and deliver what comes in. The collection point of provisions for Cenacolo is in the church porch. The foodstuff must be tinned or dried, eg. couscous, brown/white rice, pasta, dried fruit, sugar, tea, coffee, tinned food, long-life milk or any other suitable items. Fresh food is not acceptable as all perishable food needs to be transported immediately and this is not always possible. Your generosity is called upon to enable these lads to continue on their journey to recovery. Most of all remember the community in your prayers.
|We need Cenacolo helpers. Are you interested?|
One of the wall boxes in the church porch is now given over to supporting Cenacolo
"Let us pray for those who suffer,
and for those in poverty.
Through the gifts we share and through our work and prayer for justice may they be raised up;
and may we be witnesses of God's covenant of love for all his people."
Every other day the SVP in Sudan feeds 11,000 babies/young children. Without this nutrition the children risk suffering from various health problems and ultimately starvation. It costs £40 for a whole year to feed a child. Achieving sustainable funding for all our baby-feeding centres has become a priority for the SVP International Relations Committee in England & Wales. We therefore asked for your support for our SVP 2010 Appeal. On 7th December the SVP collection was given entirely over to the SVP in Sudan, so that their work of feeding the poor can continue.
A rule of the society is that publicity should not be sought, but its work is generally well-known. Members regularly visit the elderly at home and in hospital, and collect and distribute unwanted furniture, give advice and assistance and sometimes financial help to the needy. They also hold regular days of recollection, with Mass at midday, in the lounge of the Parish Centre for senior citizens and the housebound. They arrange transport where needed and provide lunch.
Every other day the SVP in Sudan feeds 11,000 babies/young children. Without this nutrition the children risk suffering from various health problems and ultimately starvation. It costs £40 for a whole year to feed a child. Achieving sustainable funding for all our baby-feeding centres has become a priority for the SVP International Relations Committee in England & Wales. We are therefore asking for your support for our SVP 2010 Appeal. On 7th December the SVP collection will be given entirely over to the SVP in Sudan, so that their work of feeding the poor can continue. Please give generously.
September 2010 SVP
where the work of the various conferences, such as ours, was publicised in a way that is appropriate. The need in our parish is as great as ever, both in our community and society, both needing your ongoing financial support as well as recruitment of new members. The theme for the whole of this year is
"Holding their hope in your hands"
and the posters displayed each week reflect the diversity of the people helped by SVP members. When visiting the display at the back of church please reflect on the poster and ask yourself, "what does awareness mean to me?”
Thank you for your support for the SVP Group
"The first meeting of our conference was held on 27th March 1981, and our first collection on 21st June realised £83.29. We are grateful for that early support which has continued and grown over the years. (By 2001) your generosity amounted to a total of £25,000. This was used to good effect both locally and abroad for specific purposes notified in advance.
Appeal from BISHOP MICHAEL
"We have all been very concerned about the recent flood damage in Cumbria due to the most exceptional weather conditions. Our heartfelt sympathy, solidarity and prayers go out to those so grievously affected. As a gesture of practical support for those in need I ask that a retiring collection be taken up on the second Sunday of Advent 2009 in all our parishes to assist those who are suffering so much at present and are striving to rebuild their lives. It is intended that the initial beneficiaries will be the parishes of Cockermouth and Keswick and their local communities with any other Cumbrian parish being able to seek support from the diocese on their own behalf or on behalf of members of their local community that have have suffered as a direct result of the floods."
CUMBRIA FLOOD APPEAL
Some of you contributed through your offertory envelope marked 'SPARE'. The tax recovery on these donations has been calculated at £114.00. This amount has now been sent. In total we have donated £1010.64 - thanks for your marvellous generosity.
Hospital and/or Home Visits
Please let Fr Kevin or Peter know if you or a relative are going into hospital and would like a visit from a chaplain while there or if you or someone you know is unable to get to Mass and would appreciate Holy Communion or a visit at home.
St John Vianney Blackpooll
Every Thursday 10am until 12:30pm tea and coffee will be served in the Parish Centre. Entrance 50p. Raffle each week. All moneys raised to support the homeless in Blackpool and help sponsor a child to Lourdes. If you are in Blackpool on Thursday please pop in for a drink and a chat.
Tokens of the work of the parish were taken to the altar by representatives of the various groups and the following report was read out in church:- In our diocesan New Start prayer we ask for the help we need to show Christ's love for others - to those in our local community and to the world-wide community. In a number of ways the people of this parish have continued to show their concern for others during this year, so, once again, along with the bread and wine for the Mass we presented tokens of our parish offerings throughout the year and especially during Lent.
The St Vincent de Paul Society have continued
their work of visiting people in hospital and in their homes and providing
financial help at home and abroad. This year more than £1500 was raised
in their monthly collections. The children of Our Lady & St Edward's school
raised the magnificent total of more than £1200 with a number of fund-raising
activities during Lent 2001. This money was divided between the Good Shepherd
Fund for Catholic Caring Services and CAFOD. In total £1326 was raised
for CAFOD from two Fast Days and the church wall box during Lent. In addition
an extra collection for the Indian Earthquake Appeal raised £846 which
was divided between CAFOD and Christian Aid.
The collection in the parish raised over £500 for the work of Christian Aid. In addition an extra collection for the Indian Earthquake Appeal raised £846 which was divided between CAFOD and Christian Aid.
The APF red missionary boxes which many people have in their homes brought in £1243 during the year. The Lent Austerity Lunches raised about £125, and was given to the Avencare Project. The Ladies' Group chose St Catherine's Hospice as their charity and sent them £112.
The buckets at the back of church for Kalomo Parish in Zambia brought in £2567, our Primary School raised £295 and the Brownies £202 for the same cause, making a total of £3064. Catholic Caring Services received over £600 from the annual Collection and the Crib Collection.
THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY continued their work of visiting people in hospital and in their homes and providing financial help at home and abroad. £1680 was raised in their monthly collections and an extra £930 was sent to CAFOD from their collection for Mozambique. In addition £500 was raised for CAFOD through the Lent Fast Day.
The children of OUR LADY & ST EDWARD'S SCHOOL raised the magnificent total of £1476 with a number of sponsored activities during Lent. This money was divided between the Good Shepherd Fund for Catholic Caring Services and CAFOD. The CHRISTIAN AID collection in the parish in the previous year raised over £500.
The APF (Association for the Propagation of the Faith) which many people have in their homes, brought in over £1000 during the previous year. The LENT AUSTERITY LUNCHES raised about £160 this year, and this was divided between Derian House and CAFOD. The Ladies Group chose the Downs Syndrome Association as their charity and sent them £130.
The buckets at the back of church for KALOMO parish in Zambia brought in £2600, and the Zambia Fair the previous autumn raised enough to build three houses. The S.V.P. devoted their collection one Sunday in March to the Mozambique appeal. The total raised reached £930 by March 26th 2000. See under Cafod
Friday 13 August 2010 Medecine & Chernobyl, Preston Branch thanks the parish for its continued support. This year we sponsored a day out in the Lake District, giving £194.50. More news on this charity next week.
|MEDICINE & CHERNOBYL PRESTON BRANCH|
|For the past 15 years our parish has
provided a day out in the Lake District for children affected by the Chernobyl
This year we took 14 children to the Brockhole Visitor Centre, where they enjoyed playing in the adventure playground and a walk around the gardens taking in the views of Lake Windermere. The afternoon was spent on a boat trip around the lake.
The Charity brings children over from Belarus for one month’s respite break staying with local families. During the stay they are given lessons on various topics including local history, drama and handy crafts. They are taken swimming on Fridays and twice a week they are taken on days out to Blackpool, the Lakes, Chester Zoo etc.
Medicine & Chernobyl (UK) is a charity organised by volunteer groups to help the people of Belarus after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station disaster. Following the accident in Chernobyl in April 1986, the Republic of Belarus, a former Soviet Republic, received 70% of the radioactive fallout caused by the explosion which created
| contamination 90 times greater than at Hiroshima. More
than 2 million people, including hundreds of thousands of children are
still living in contaminated areas.
Economic depression and a shortage of food and medical supplies in Belarus make the situation even worse. The people of Belarus eat what they produce and most of the agricultural land is contaminated, so practically all the population of Belarus is exposed to radiation.
Since the disaster childhood cancer of the thyroid has increased dramatically; children also suffer from stomach disorders; many children have been born with genetic disorders as a consequence of the radiation suffered by their parents. In spite of the length of time since the disaster, the country is still contaminated by radioactivity and will be so for hundreds of years. Whilst leukaemia has not yet been a major problem, the experience of the atomic bombs in Japan is that some cancers have a long incubation period and it is feared leukaemia and other disorders may begin to increase.
The Preston branch of the charity Medicine and Chernobyl was formed in 1993. Its main objective is to give respite breaks to children affected by the nuclear disaster. One month's break in England eating uncontaminated food and breathing clean air helps the child's immune system to recover and can add up to 2 years to life expectancy. The children, aged between 8 and 16, stay with local families. During the day they have lessons or are taken on days out to local attractions.
Our parish first became involved when an appeal for families appeared on our Sunday notice sheet. Three families answered the call and hosted children that year. Since that time many more have joined the scheme. The parish has also helped with the leaving parties for the children and have taken them on the annual trip to the Lake District - where it nearly always rains!
The Preston branch of the charity also takes over much needed aid to Belarus, the country most affected by the radioactive fall-out. Our parish raised over £2,500 for an incubator for premature babies. Many other items have been delivered to the numerous orphanages, hospitals and other institutions.
Fr Bernard travelled to Belarus in 1999 to help out on the refurbishment of the toilets and shower blocks at an orphanage at Osipovichi. He saw at first hand the conditions the children have to live with and felt it right that we should try to continue with our help.Our Impact Group also recorded two songs written by one of our parishioners to help raise funds for the orphanage.
During 2001 the Preston Branch were hoping to carry out similar work at an orphanage at Barsuki near Mogilev.