Sunday 31st August 2014
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY - Year A
This week’s Gospel [Matthew 16:21-27] is a continuation of the one proclaimed last Sunday, where Jesus asks the disciples that important question: ‘Who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up for the group, when he proclaimed Jesus as ‘the Christ, the Son of the Living God.’ Peter is presented here as the disciple who seems to understand who the Lord is and what his mission entails.
A helping hand for Sri Lankan boys
The parish has received a request to help the boys of Don Bosco Centre, Mannar, Sri Lanka. This is a centre operated by Salesians, which coincidentally is the order of which Fr. Bob was a member before coming to us as a Diocesan priest.
The centre is situated in the North of Sri Lanka. It is an area where the mainly Tamil population lives. Sri Lanka has been the scene of a bloody civil war. A war that is now ended but with the challenge of healing and rebuilding to be done. The victims of the war, as with most wars are the poor and the innocent and especially in this case, children.
At the school most of the children are such victims of this decades long war. They come from some of the displaced families and quite a few are orphans. They have seen the horrors of the war first hand. Each has a sad story to tell. The school is both a haven to heal and recover and a place where their education and training holds out some hope for a better life.
We are asking parishioners to put together a gift pack for each of the 152 boys at the school. It should consist of the following items : Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, Hand towel, Comb and if possible a Cap. They do not have to be of a particular type. You may even have some of these items, as yet unused, at home. We are asking you actually purchase the items and bring them to the Church before September 21st. Of course if parishioners wanted to contribute more than one set, they would be very welcome. There are 152 boys and we do not want any to miss out.
These items have been identified by Fr Paul and others on the ground at the school as ones that would make a real difference to the children. Will you help?
That list again: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, Hand towel, Comb and if possible a Cap. The list appears on the notice Board in the Narthex where we ask you to bring your gift pack by September 21st.
OLQP Parish Peace Justice and Environment Group
Thoughtful reading from Eureka Street