The tragedy of India continues. Whilst things open up here and people begin to make social contact again and the number of infections and deaths have gone down to almost insignificant numbers, in the world infections and deaths are higher from the coronavirus are higher than ever. A large percentage of this number is due to the pandemic in India. There is an injustice here. It is hitting the poor who have nowhere to go and no one to turn to in a country that has advanced medical science, rich resources and has provided much of the world, including here, with our vaccines. Many of you have family and friends in India. We will pray for the people there and support them in any way we can.
I realise there has been some concern about overseas aid not reaching the people or at least there have been questions about where it is going. One charity I totally trust is CAFOD. We support them as a parish and can be assured that they can account for all the aid given.
You will no doubt have seen on the news that in India the second wave of coronavirus is having a devastating impact.
There are more than 18 million confirmed cases, and many hundreds of thousands have died. India’s health system is struggling to cope.
Sadly, India will not be the last country to be pushed to the brink by the pandemic. We are committed to supporting our sisters and our brothers around the world to survive the pandemic, but we urgently need your help to do this.
Please support our global response.
We have already pledged £200,000 to our long-term partner, Caritas India who are responding in some of the worst affected areas and we continue to monitor the situation. Their response includes:
Providing PPE to frontline health workers
Distributing medical kits to people with mild symptoms
Setting up safely run isolation and quarantine centres
Promoting lifesaving Covid and vaccine information
It's time to pull together for those suffering the effects of a devastating pandemic.
You can donate to CAFOD’s appeal by clicking on the "Emergency Corona Virus Appeal" image above, or by "Clicking Here"
PARISH ROSARY FOR INDIA
This Sunday, 9th May at 4.00 p.m., we will have our Maytime Parish Rosary with intentions for the people of India and Benediction. Bring your family and let’s pray that through the prayers of Our Lady of Vailankanni, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to the people of India from her throne in greater abundance. Vailankanni, means ‘good health’ in Tamil and there are several well-churches and shrines dedicated to Our Lady of Vailankanni throughout India.
LET’S GET OUR HALL OPEN AGAIN! £3,000 is still needed. We cannot safely reopen until our electrics are made safe.
The work on the hall is nearly completed and I think it will look superb, but you probably will not be surprised to hear that as the work has proceeded, more problems have been found which need rectifying in order to reopen. This particularly concerns the electrics. In order to reopen in June, the parish needs an additional £3,000 which will cover the repairs to the electrics, some additional flooring replacement and a professional floor to ceiling clean on completion.
Please make your donation with cheque payable to St Thomas More Church, Bostall Park and place in an envelope marked ‘Hall Repairs’.
Alternatively, and better, pay into the parish account directly:
NATWEST ACC NO. 21361606 SORT CODE 517014 for the credit of: RCAS ST THOMAS MORE - BOSTALL PARK Ref: HALL REPAIRS
Or you can make your donation through ‘justgiving’ on line at:
Just as Jesus died and rose again, so through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep; and as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be brought to life, alleluia. (The entrance antiphon of Requiem masses in Eastertide)
Please pray for the souls of: Catherine Teresa Hanly who died on Sunday 21st March 2021 aged 102. Her funeral was on Monday 12th April.
Frank Mercieca who died on Thursday 25th March 2021 aged 76. His funeral was on Thursday 22nd April.
Alice Sullivan who died on Sunday 28th March 2021 aged 86. Her funeral was on Friday 23rd April.
Baby Finlay David Legutko-Seal who died on Monday 19th April aged 12 days. His funeral was on Thursday 6th May .
Maria Pereira who died on Tuesday 27th April. Her funeral is on Thursday 20th May at 11.00 a.m. followed by committal at Hillview.
May the divine assistance remain with them always, and may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.