PLEASE HELP: Aid to the Church in Need respond to the typhoon disaster in Philippines

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PHILIPPINES: ACN giving 100,000 euros in aid for typhoon disaster in Philippines

By John Pontifex
12 November 2013
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Victims of the super typhoon in the Philippines are to benefit from an emergency aid package of €100,000 (£84,600) agreed today (Tuesday, 12 Nov) by Aid to the Church in Need.
The aid – which will provide food, clean water, shelter and basic medicine – will be channelled through the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines for use in areas of greatest need.
The emergency support, approved by Aid to the Church in Need (International) Executive President Joannes von Heereman, comes as the UN estimated that more than 11 million people were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan which struck on Friday (8 November) with gusts of up to 250kmh (151mph).
The mega storm is now reported to have left more than 673,000 people displaced and caused up to 95 percent devastation in worst affected areas such as the city of Tacloban.
At least 10,000 people are feared dead as a result of what is being described as one of the most powerful storms on record.
In an interview today (Tuesday) with Aid to the Church in Need, Father Edione Gariguez, who is coordinating aid relief on behalf of the Philippines Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said the devastation was worse than reported – with many more provinces and small islands affected than recorded in the media.
He said: “So many people are crying for help but the magnitude of the calamity is so huge that the government finds it difficult to reach those affected.”
Thanking Aid to the Church in Need for the emergency aid, he said: “We are used to typhoons… but this is really a super typhoon that is very devastating.
“People are so desperate. Many are looking for their relatives and so many have lost their lives.”
Stressing that the greatest needs are food and clean water, Fr Gariguez said: “There are reports of looting in the province of Leyte because people are so desperate.”
He described being told by a Sister in Cebu, another badly-affected area, that 80 percent of communities were flattened to the ground including schools, churches and sports halls. Most of the buildings have collapsed.
Staff from Aid to the Church in Need stressed that the disaster was so serious the charity was duty-bound to help but that it was an exceptional grant.
Aid to the Church in Need’s projects director Regina Lynch said: “The aid we are providing today is for humanitarian, emergency help but our main focus will continue to be about building up pastoral structures.
“The big job for us will come after the main emergency has begun to die down. Then we will help with reconstructing priests’ houses, churches etc.
“It will be huge and only today we had a report to say that a seminary had been badly damaged in the typhoon.”
She said that already the bishops had made progress in developing an emergency relief programme and that the charity would work alongside Church leaders on the ground who were aware of those in greatest need.
After hitting Leyte and Samar coastal provinces with 5.5 metre (18ft) high storm surges, Typhoon Haiyan struck six central Philippine islands and affected 40 cities, notably Tacloban, which is 95 percent destroyed.
Tacloban was reported to be inaccessible but, once communications are established, clergy said that 15 parish chapels all over the city will act as distribution points.
St Nino’s Shrine, in Tacloban’s Real Street, has been assigned as the drop-off point for relief goods.
According to Church sources in the Archdiocese of Jaro, in Iloilo, 95 percent of homes in one of the towns were badly damaged.
Sr Mapath Bulawan in Bogo, Cebu, said that people from Bogo, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island were left homeless.
Parish priests in Busuanga and Coron Palawan, reported that 600 families from the Tagbanua tribe had lost their houses and were appealing for food.
In his interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Fr Gariguez said: “Please communicate our sincere gratitude to [benefactors] for their solidarity, for being with us during these days of difficulties.”
You can donate to Aid to the Church in Need’s work in the Philippines here.

Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014

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Family life will be the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014. Around 150 Synod fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” It is expected to last two weeks.
The Bishops’ Conference has prepared resources where one may read a full introduction, download the synod’s preparatory document – or Lineamenta – and most importantly,  respond to an online questionnaire in preparation for the 2014 Synod. Click here to prepare your questionnaire response. (They’ve also provided a link to the last Synod of Bishops meeting on the family held in 1980 that resulted in the document Familiaris Consortio.)

Comment

In preparation for responding to this questionnaire, Catholic commentators have made reference to this initiative, and you might like to read their opinions, here:
Fr Ray Blake
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The Coalition for Marriage

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The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and oppose any plans to redefine it.
The Coalition is backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders. It reaches out to people of all faiths and none, who believe that marriage is the most successful partnership in history and should not be redefined.
The Coalition draws upon a substantial body of evidence showing that marriage – as it has been understood for thousands of years – is beneficial to society, and that changing its definition would undermine that benefit.
The Coalition’s petition demonstrates that there is broad public opposition to redefining marriage. The Coalition is committed to a reasoned and courteous debate on this issue, and will highlight any intimidation or intolerance shown to supporters of traditional marriage.
Petition

Find out more…

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C4M Resources

 

Download the briefing for the Lords’ Second Reading debate

The ‘Second Reading’ debate in the House of Lords on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, 3 and 4 June 2013. Our briefing gives clear reasons to support keeping marriage as the union of one man and one woman. You can download a copy of the briefing here.

Download the latest Campaign Update

Our Campaign Update newsletters will bring you up-to-date on the work so far. You can download the latest issue (April 2013) here. A printer-friendly black and white version is also available here.

Download the Petition

You can ask your friends, neighbours and work colleagues to sign a paper version of the petition and then send it to our office address given on the form. Download a printable PDF of the Petition here.

Download the briefing for the ‘Second Reading’ vote

The ‘Second Reading’ vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was held on 5 February. Our briefing gives clear reasons to support keeping marriage as the union of one man and one woman. You can download a copy of the briefing here.

DOWNLOAD ‘GAY MARRIAGE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS’

This booklet outlines the impact of redefining mariage on education. You can download a copy here.

Download 10 reasons why the government is wrong to redefine marriage

You can download a copy of the leaflet here. A printer-friendly version is also available here.

Download a summary of a legal opinion on the civil liberty implications

You can download a copy of the summary here.

Download C4M’s consultation response

Our response to the Government’s consultation on redefining marriage. To read our response, click here.

Download a consultation briefing

The Home Office consultation on redefining marriage closed on 14 June 2012. However, our briefing contains information and arguments about the issue which you may find useful. To read the briefing, click here.

DOWNLOAD A PAPER ON THE IMPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

This paper looks at the issue of redefining marriage as it relates to local councils. Download a copy here.

Support marriage in Scotland

A separate organisation is campaigning against the Scottish Government’s plans to redefine marriage. Residents of Scotland can also sign the Scottish Marriage Petition at the Scotland For Marriage website here.
– See more at: http://c4m.org.uk/resources/#sthash.fePcaMpe.dpuf

An appeal from 'LIFE'

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Baby clothes and equipment are urgently needed by our LIFE Caring Centres at London and Hounslow. If you have any items you no longer require we will gratefully receive them to distribute to mothers in need. LIFE is a pro-Life charity helping unsupported mothers who have chosen to keep their babies. Thank you.
A separate white box for these items is next to the Charity Fayre coloured boxes.
 

You, a Street Pastor?

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Everyone is very welcome at the next meeting of the Union of Catholic Mothers, on Tuesday 12 November, when David Rosemeyer & Isabelle McGrath will be talking about their work with Kingston Street Pastors. If you would like to find out more about the Street Pastors, and how you might help in this valuable ecumenical apostolate, please do speak to them afterwards.
The Union of Catholic Mothers meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 19.30 – unless otherwise advised.
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Society of St Vincent de Paul

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St Joseph’s Parish SVP

helping the homeless, hungry and needy in a variety of ways.

If you think you could join the St Vincent de Paul Society, or are interested to know more, please contact St Joseph’s SVP members via the Parish Office on: 020 8942 2602 or email at: secretary@stjoseph-newmalden.org.uk or: catholicnewmalden@icloud.com

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Our Parish is currently involved in four projects to help the homeless and hungry:

  1. Anonymous provision of 6 months rental for an otherwise homeless Parishioner.
  2. Our Annual Pre-Advent Charity Fayre.
  3. We’re about to get involved in a big way in the local Food Bank (next month).
  4. Preparations for our annual participationin the ecumenical Winter Night Shelter.

The 'One of Us' EU petition – time is running out. Have you signed yet?

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The human embryo is “One of Us”

You can help to protect and respect

its dignity and integrity

With 1 million signatures (including a minimum number from at least 7 EU member states), theEuropean Citizens Initiative allows One of Us to propose new European legislation at the European level that would recognise the dignity of the human embryo and block any future European funding for any activity that damages or destroys the human embryo.

It’s a beautifully simple step but could help save millions of lives.

ONE OF US HAS SURPASSED THE MILLION SIGNATURES!!!!

Join the chorus of voices speaking up for the human embryo

55,000 signatures are needed from the UK

(less than 0.1% of the UK population)

let’s play our part!

JOIN THE INITIATIVE AND ADD YOUR NAME BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF NOVEMBER THE 1ST:

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European Citizens’ initiative ONE OF US

What is a European citizens’ initiative (ECI)?

A European citizens’ initiative is a new instrument of participative democracy. It is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. A citizens’ initiative has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 27 member states. A citizens’ initiative is possible in any field where the Commission has the power to propose legislation.

The ECI “One of Us”  – 1 Million signatures – a historical step forward in the protection of life in Europe

“One of Us” is one of the first registered ECIs in the European Union. It’s goal is to greatly advance the protection of human life from conception in Europe – within the possibilities of the competency of the EU. Based on the definition of the human embryo as the beginning of the development of the human being, which was given in a recent ECJ judgment (Brüstle vs. Greenpeace), “One of Us” asks the EU to end the financing of activities which presuppose the destruction of human embryos, in particular in the areas of research, development aid and public health.
This will be done through a change of the financial regulation of the EU that determines the spending of the EU budget. A ban of such funding will greatly contribute to the consistency within the EU.

Potential Impact

The ECI „One of Us“ has a greater political potential than any other initative that has been undertaken so far to protect the dignity of the person and life from conception at a European scale. If a consensus will be achieved among 1 Million citizens or more, a concrete ethical standard could be established across Europe with regards to the respect of the dignity of each member of the human family, no matter how young it is. The desired outcome of the initiative is a concrete ban of life-destroying policies in the EU budget, as well as a political change and greater awareness of the need to respect the wish of so many European citizens. Furthermore, jurisdiction at the European Court of Human Rights, where many bioethical cases are pending, could be positively influenced.

Organisation

“One of Us” is build on wide support: churches, politicians, MEPs and civil society leaders are committed to support the initative in various ways. Besides the responsible committee, composed of seven citizens from different countries, a central coordination office is steering the initative campaign.
The ECI “One of Us“ will be launched……. During this year, at least 1 Million. signitures of support (paper and online) need to be collected.
Your support of the initiative will be of crucial importance!

Grief to Grace

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At all Sunday Masses on 22nd September, Fr Dominic Allain will make an appeal on behalf of Grief to Graceof which he is the International Pastoral Director.
Grief to Grace is a psychological and spiritual programme for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, sexual, emotional or spiritual abuse.  It is appropriate for those who have endured sexual abuse, rape, incest or other forms of traumatic violation in childhood, adolescence or as an adult, including those who have suffered abuse by a member of the clergy. Grief to Grace invites the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through prayer and sacraments, and by providing skilled behavioural health services for victims of abuse, with professional excellence, Christian integrity and compassion. Our five-day residential programmes provide a process for helping victims of abuse to discover spiritual healing and transformation. Grief to Grace was created to end the isolation and secrets of abuse within a healing process that is fully centered on the person and presence of Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician.  For more details see:  www.grieftograce.org Today’s appeal raises awareness and seeks Grief to Grace “Co-operators” to support and enable this apostolate in various small but significant ways.

Some Testimonies:

Once I arrived, with much fear and trepidation, and began to enter into the process I cried tears from depths I didn’t know I possessed. Hearing the stories from others helped me to access deep emotions I was burying or trying to deny. The exercise of drawing a picture of ourselves as God created us, then depicting the damage from the abuse onto our image was very powerful. I didn’t realize how that distorted image of who I was had sent my life on a trajectory and formed patterns that were not God’s plan for me. Only by realizing that, could I begin to change my expectations and allow Him to rebuild my self image… Click to Read this Entire Testimony

In my deacon year, 2003, word of the Boston priest scandal spread across the country and the world. The seminary I attended, talked about this, taught about this, gave conferences and seminars about this ad nauseam. I had never revealed my own abuse at the hands of a priest that started with the grooming process in 1980 and culminated with the first physical, sexual contact in August 1982…Click to Read this Entire Testimony

Through this journey has always been a deep struggle within me regarding a feeling of shame and unworthiness. It was never the kind of thing that was overt but rather always an undercurrent running through my life. It created in me a deep sense of loneliness and isolation. I found it extremely difficult to develop deep and meaningful relationships with others, to share feelings, or be myself around others…Click to Read this Entire Testimony

I want to share with you the graces that I received and the depth of healing that occurred in my life in those three days of retreat. I grew up in a home that looked quite “normal” on the outside, but due to my father’s anger, rages, and abuse, my family suffered much on the inside. Throughout my childhood and most of my adult years, I lived in denial about what had happened in my family of origin. I was unable and unwilling to confront the abuse that my mother, my siblings, and I had endured. I wore ‘rose colored glasses’, so to speak… Click to Read this Entire Testimony

“Totally awesome! So Christ – centered and spiritual! It has been an incredible gift to go on this healing journey. There was so much love and acceptance radiated to each hurting man and woman.”

“I can’t believe how much better I feel. It seems like the Lord changes you more when you do really not want to be taught. I appreciated all the sharing. It was great to hear others responses. This experience was wonderful. Thank you.”

“Inspiring! It gave each of us a chance for new life. I loved the Living Scriptures!”

“Because of this retreat, I don’t hate God anymore.”

“Each and every one of the Living Scriptures was so anointed. I loved each of the activities/exercises that followed. A “hands-on” experience that penetrated to the soul – the water, the rocks, the pictures of our wounded selves we affixed to the cross– all so powerful. The journey through the Sorrowful mysteries and joining in the suffering of Jesus was very healing for me.”

“Incredible! Each session went deeper and pulled my emotions up and out of the darkness. I have never been on a retreat like this. Your insight and knowledge is amazing. You seemed to cover most areas in the lives of abused women. Only the spirit working in you could have created something such as this. Thank you!”

“This retreat was specific to my personal needs in woundedness – which nothing has ever touched so completely – even though I have worked for 18 years on inner healing issues through therapy, Al-anon, Life in the Spirit Seminars, contemplative prayer and journaling.”

“To be completely honest, I did not want to come to this retreat. I was hardened as I walked in. But this retreat really opened me up. The Holy Spirit spoke to me so clearly and beautifully. It really started the healing process and a new confidence in me. The only thing I wish was different is that the retreat was one day longer. This has truly changed my life.”

“It was more than I could imagine. The exercises made it so real.”

“The Living Scriptures were so moving and facilitated the work. I appreciated the liberating of my inner child and a chance to respond to the Holy Spirit. The Living Scriptures were incredible, especially the one where Jesus gave me Mary. The transformation! Wow!”

“It was very powerful in every respect. The multi dimensional aspects of this retreat provided so many ways in which God could touch our lives and speak his truth to us. As difficult as it was to hear some of the stories of participants, it was necessary and important part of the process.”

“From Grief to Grace is an amazingly spiritual experience. A journey involving safety, bonds, connection, merging of hearts, grieving together towards transformation. A wonderful instrument for healing of those with sexual abuse wounds! This is an extraordinary opportunity to live through Christ’s redemptive work.”

 

Ecumenical Winter Night Shelter

St Joseph’s is again hosting the Ecumenical Winter Night Shelter for the Homeless on Monday nights from January 20th to February 24th 2014.
If you could help please contact Rosemary Matters on 020 8949 3556 or by email:  rosemarymatters@hotmail.co.uk.   Rosemary will soon be contacting our regular volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way in previous years.

40 Days for Life – Twickenham

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Get involved – HELP SAVE LIFE!!

Starts this Wednesday (25th September) and continues until Sunday 3rd November. For 40 days we will pray, fast and hold a peaceful, prayerful, pro-life vigil outside the BPAS abortion facility in Twickenham – praying for the babies and their mothers and also for staff of the clinic.  Get involved – HELP SAVE LIFE!!  Sign up to participate in our local vigil by clicking here: Vigil Schedule.
This will be the largest and longest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.  40 Days for Life vigils have saved 7,536 unborn babies and their mothers from abortion, 83 abortion workers had a conversion of heart, and 39 abortion facilities closed down.  During this year’s Lenten campaign in London 36 unborn babies were saved from abortion, and the BPAS abortion centre in Bedford Square stopped performing abortions this year in June.
For more information contact Justina on:  020 7723 1740 or 0754 028 6688
and visit the website at:  www.40daysforlife.com/twickenham

Get the latest updates

Be sure to sign-up for updates and prayer requests via the 40 Days for Life website to find out how YOU can help make a lifesaving impact as part of the local 40 Days for Life campaign.
For information about the campaign in Polish, please see 40 Dni dla Zycia – Informacja po polsku.
For information about other 40 Days for Life campaigns in the UK, please see the 40 Days for Life blog.

Support this local effort

Want to help financially assist your local 40 Days for Life effort? Get in touch with Justina on:  020 7723 1740 or 0754 028 6688 to find out how you can help to make a difference right here in our community.
Learn more about the national 40 Days for Life campaign.