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                                                    Pope Paul VI

 

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Justice & Peace NEWS

 

(10/12/17)

The anniversary of our signing the Declaration of Human Rights falls on December 10th, which is International Human Rights Day. We pray that the current Brexit negotiations will not eventually lead to our losing sight of Blessed Pope Paul Vl’s message on the World Day of Peace in 1969 :

 “Where human rights are not respected, defended and promoted, where violence or fraud is done to man’s inalienable freedoms, where his personality is ignored or degraded, where discrimination, slavery or intolerance prevail, there TRUE PEACE cannot be.”

 Updates for the parish this week are:

 1.) The final total collected from the sale of Mary’s Meals cards has co\me to £2898.54, which included £174 in gift aid. Thanks to the parish for their overwhelming generosity.

2.) Donations of double-knit wool which people may no longer need would be gratefully accepted by East Lothian Aid for Refugees. Their volunteers are knitting hats, scarves and gloves for refugees having to live in the camps during this cold winter. Fiona Cesari’s number is 07977 443073. If anyone is also interested in knitting these items Fiona would be glad to hear from them.

(03/12/17)

This week, in giving thought to the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery [December 2nd] we are reminded of our obligations not only under the Human Rights Act, but also, to the Seventh Commandment and what our own catechism at paragraph 2414 draws to our attention:

                       “The 7th Commandment forbids acts or enterprises that for any reason – selfish or ideological, commercial or totalitarian – lead to the enslavement of human beings, to their being bought, sold and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their personal dignity. It is a sin against the dignity of persons and their fundamental rights to reduce them by violence to their productive source or to a source of profit.”

We have received a request form East Lothian Aid to Refugees [ELAR] for any garden tools which are no longer in use, which could help refugee families who have come to East Lothian, to grow their own produce.  Fiona Cesari at ELAR is happy to arrange to collect these, and indeed any other items which you may have which could be of use to them. Her contact number is 07977 443073.

Parishioners will be pleased to see that this week’s East Lothian Courier has on page 16 given a glowing account of the activities in St Gabriel’s parish and at the school, in collecting for the Shoebox Appeal and Mary’s Meals. It is good that the public will see that we, too, are involved in the wider community’s efforts to alleviate the distress among the underprivileged.

The next meeting of the Justice & Peace Group, to which all are very welcome to attend, will be on Wednesday December 6th after Mass at 7.30 pm.

(26/11/17)

World AIDS Day :This week we are being asked to remember World AIDS day on December 1st. In 1989, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in response to the crisis, wrote:  “ Our response to persons with AIDS must be such that we discover Christ in them, and they in turn are able to encounter Christ in us. Although this response  undoubtedly arises in the context of religious faith, even those without faith can and must look beyond suffering to see the human dignity and goodness of those who suffer” 

YOU & MARY’S MEALS: Thanks to your warm-hearted, generous donations ..the good news is ....that the money raised for Mary's Meals was  a stunning £1352.27. Because this figure is doubled (by Mary’s Meals funders) the total therefore becomes £2704.54. After adding Gift Aid we have calculated that at £13.90 to feed a child for a whole year, 207 children will be fed, for a year, by your overwhelming support and caring.  This amounts to a meal, an education and a way out of poverty .An approximate comparison would be just like feeding all of our children at St Gabriel's School. Now that does make you think! You're simply the best!     THANK YOU!


 (19/11/17)

Shoebox Appeal : Many thanks to EVERYBODY who contributed in any way to our recent Shoebox Appeal. At least one family in the parish encouraged other relatives and work colleagues to participate too! It was a great success, not only resulting in 110 boxes of generous gifts being donated but it forged a further link between our church and primary school - hopefully we can mutually enjoy other events during the coming year. 

Mary's Meals Alternative Giving:This is the final weekend for the Mary's Meals alternative giving Christmas cards. If you have a relation or friend who would appreciate you donating money to Mary's Meals rather than buying them a present of socks or hankies, then this is a wonderful way of celebrating the true meaning of Christmas: helping to feed a child for a whole year as he/she receives an education. Donations can be for any amount and if you are a taxpayer you can boost your donation by 25%,at no extra cost to yourself, by signing a Gift Aid form at the back of the church. Complimentary Mary's Meals Gift cards are available to give to your family or friends, explaining the life- changing effect this gift will have for a child.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women is observed on November 25th.  In Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis reminds us that  Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love... She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain. As mother of all, she is a sign of hope for peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice”  [Paragraph 286].

Prisoners Sunday 19th November is the start of Prisoners’ Week when we are asked by the Church to remember in our prayers all those who are imprisoned, their families, the victims of their crimes and their communities. There will be leaflets handed out after Mass with information about how we as a community might participate in this week.

 

(12/11/17)

Because Remembrance Sunday should not just be a time for calling to mind all those who gave their lives in the last two world wars we would do well to remember that armed conflict continues worldwide to sacrifice the lives of those wanting peace. We are mindful this weekend of the words of Saint Pope Paul John 2nd twenty years ago when he said that peace:

  “rests above all on the adoption of a style of human coexistence marked by mutual acceptance and a capacity to forgive from the heart. We all need to be forgiven by others, so we must all be ready to forgive...”

 Our activity this week continues with:

 * SHOEBOX APPEAL.  Thank you so much to all of you who filled and returned Christmas shoeboxes. The Primary School children will be bringing their boxes to Mass on Sunday. A big thank you to them, their families and to the staff who promoted the appeal. On Monday the boxes will be delivered to the main collection point in Edinburgh to be forwarded overseas. We will be able to let you know later on exactly how many shoeboxes were donated altogether. (See pictures on the Our People Our Community page)

 * Mary's Meals Alternative Giving.

 On Saturday/Sunday 11th & 12th November & 18th & 19th November, the Justice and Peace Group will be running our annual Mary's Meal donation appeal.  Last year this raised £951 for Mary's Meals.  If you have a relation(s) or friend(s) who would appreciate you donating money to Mary's Meals, rather than buying them a present of yet more socks or hankies, then this is a wonderful way of celebrating the true meaning of Christmas: helping to feed a child for a whole year as he/she receives an education. Donations can be for any amount and if you are a taxpayer you can boost your donation by 25% (at no added cost to yourself) by signing a gift-aid form available at the back of the church on the above dates.  Complementary Mary's Meals Christmas cards, in four designs, are available to give to your relation(s) and/or friend(s) to explain the life - changing effect this gift will have for a child.

 * Finally, the next Justice & Peace group meeting will be on Tuesday the 14th November at 4pm in the Meeting Room. All are welcome to listen, share your thoughts and take part as you would wish. ‘If you want peace then work for justice ' Come along and see what we can do together.

 (05/11/17)

Dorothy Day, who devoted her life to fighting for the rights of the poor in New York, had this to say about how she saw our mission:

  “What we would like to do is change the world – make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the right of the workers, the poor, of the destitute...we can, to a certain change the world."

  In the spirit of her message, we are proposing the following for our parish: 

 - 1 Mary's Meals Alternative Giving

On Saturday/Sunday 11/12 November and 18/19 November the Justice and Peace Group will be running our annual Mary's Meal donation appeal.  Last year this raised £951 for Mary's Meals. 

If you have a relation(s) or friend(s) who would appreciate you donating money to Mary's Meals, rather than buying them a present of yet more socks or hankies, then this is a wonderful way of celebrating the true meaning of Christmas: helping to feed a child for a whole year as he/she receives an education.

  Donations can be for any amount and if you are a taxpayer you can boost your donation by 25% (at no added cost to yourself) by signing a gift-aid form available at the back of the church on the above dates. 

 Complementary Mary's Meals Christmas cards, in four designs, are available to give to your relation(s) and/or friend(s) to explain the life - changing effect this gift will have for a child. 

- 2 Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

 By covering a shoe box with bright paper and filling it with small gifts, we will be helping to make this season more special for so many in Eastern European countries.  Please take a leaflet from the back of the church which will guide you in choosing appropriate gifts for the various age groups. It also gives easy to follow instructions. The completed centre panel of the leaflet needs to be stuck on the lid of the box to allow for easier sorting at centres before being finally dispatched. The boxes can be brought to church at any time, the last date being SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12TH.

(29/10/17)

Last year the Holy Father said this in one of his audiences:

                “We cannot remain spectators before the suffering of so many people who are worn out by hunger, violence and injustice. If I do not draw near to that man, to that woman, to that child, to that old man or that old woman who is suffering, I do not draw near to God”

Moved by his words we are making the following appeal during the period running up to Christmas:

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL

Help bring a smile to the faces of children and their families in Eastern European countries who may have very little this Christmas. By covering a shoe box with bright paper and filling it with small gifts, we will be helping to make this season more special for so many. You can be certain these gifts will be much appreciated! PLEASE TAKE A LEAFLET FROM BACK OF CHURCH which will guide you in choosing appropriate gifts for various age groups and also gives other easy to follow instructions. The completed centre panel of the leaflet needs to be stuck on the lid of the box to allow for easier sorting at centres before being finally dispatched.    The boxes can be brought to church at any time, the last date being SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER.

(15/10/17)

 “When I fed the poor, they called me a Saint.  When I asked why the poor had no food, they called me a communist” ARCHBISHOP HELDER CAMARA

 We are delighted to announce that an anonymous parishioner has been so concerned about the poverty experienced by Syrian refugees, that they have made a donation to the Justice & Peace group of £500. This sum has been donated, at their request, to East Lothian’s Aid to Refugees, as a contribution towards their costs of sending a container to Lebanon, with essential items for families trapped by circumstances over which they have no control.

 

(08/10/17)

 Huge gratitude has been expressed by EAST LOTHIAN AID FOR REFUGEES [ELAR] to those of you who so generously donated toys recently for the refugee children who have arrived in East Lothian. All their families who have been accommodated in East Lothian have now been taken to the warehouse to select toys for their children.  An update from ELAR is that a container was sent last week to Lebanon via Belgium, with clothes, utensils, and other useful items collected for refugees.  The warehouse in Wallyford would welcome interested volunteers to give their time to the sorting and boxing up of donations. Fiona’s mobile phone number is 07977 443073.

 

(23 & 24/09/17)

Fair Trade A big THANK YOU!  To all of you at the Vigil Mass and the Sunday morning mass who sampled the Fair Trade biscuits, chocolate ,coffee and tea and who gave us good feedback.  We are also delighted that you liked them so much that you decided to buy them from our Fair Trade Stall. The mighty £238.25 from Fair Trade products you bought will ensure that producers of all of these goods will receive a minimum fair wage to feed and look after their families, a wage equal to their work. That producers will have a say in how premiums are spent and that big businesses do not have all the power which can lead to profit margins being more important than producers and their families. We are sure you will have enjoyed the foodstuffs and crafts you bought but long after the wonderful tastes of ,for example , chocolate have gone ,the good that you will have done for those hardworking producers ,will remain. Again ,on their behalf, we THANK YOU , the parishioners of St Gabriel's for working together for the good of others.

 

Release of Mohammed Faisal Abu Sakha - Ref 2.pdf

A BIG THANK YOU to all who signed letters asking for the release from Administrative Detention of Palestinian Mohammed Faisal Abu Sakha or for him to be charged and receive a fair trial. We have just received news that he has been released. The fact that you took an interest in his plight and supported him by asking for justice shows that your voice and those from around the U.K. and the world can make a difference. Please see the display at the back of the church for more information, quotes and pictures. Well done!!

JUSTICE AND PEACE GROUP APPEAL - : Support for Local Refugees

(‘But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of Heaven’. Matthew, 19:14)

We were astounded by the huge, generous response to our appeal to the parish for toys for the refugee children who have arrived recently in East Lothian. Very grateful thanks must be given to all of you who made the donations, all of which were in such good condition, and many of which appeared brand new. In particular, thanks must be given to all those children who parted with games and toys which must have been dear to them. You will be pleased to know that four new refugee families will be taken to the East Lothian Aid to Refugees [ELAR] in Wallyford to choose from the great pile of donated gifts, and that whatever toys remain will be sent in the next consignment of clothing and necessities to the refugee camps abroad. If anyone is interested in forming a parish group to help in the work to make life easier for those fleeing countries in fear of their lives, or still living in camps abroad, please contact the Justice & Peace Group. ELAR would like to thank the parish of St Gabriel’s for their generosity, and to ask that anyone interested in volunteering in the warehouse sorting the goods destined for abroad to contact Fiona Tel: 07977 443073

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 The Justice & Peace group meets monthly, normally on a Wednesday at 7:30PM after the evening Mass in the Meeting Room, adjacent to the side chapel. The meetings are informal, lively and we aim to have a different focus event/activity for each month of the year. Come and join us. All Welcome!!

For further information on the J&P Group please keep coming back to this webpage, look at the church notice board or contact J&P Group





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