This Lent, we will be supporting the parish of SS Peter and Paul, Oyede, in the Delta State, Nigeria, to purchase a new boat.
Oyede is a rural community of around ten thousand inhabitants, made up of eight farm stations. SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church is in the centre of the town.
The majority of parishioners are farmers who must travel several kilometres each day, often crossing rivers, to reach their farms. Sadly, flooding during the rainy season has become more common. Many houses and farms became submerged last September and October, and affected parishioners came to the church for shelter until they were able to return to their homes.
Father Emeka Akabueze, Parish Priest of SS Peter and Paul, has asked for our support to purchase a boat for the parish, which he and his team will use to reach the parish farm stations:
At the moment, we rely on boat transporters to reach the farm stations. Sometimes, they are not available and we cannot go to administer the sacraments to the farm stations. If we purchase a water boat, which will belong to the catholic community, it will be a big help to us and will enable us reach our sisters and brothers in the farm stations.
Please give generously to our Lenten appeal, so that we may support Father Emeka and the community of Oyede.
St Catherine of Siena — Apostle of Mercy
Today, Friday, 29 April, is the feast day of one of the Church’s best loved saints, and Doctors, St Catherine of Siena.
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The evening is in aid of two Christian organisations working for religious freedom around the world:
Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, calls us to a special care for the poor.
As a hall-mark of this pontificate, the Poor are already a planned feature of our
Year of Renewal, and our Parish has a dozen current projects for the poor and needy:
6 months rental for a homeless Parishioner; Clothes for babies saved from abortion:
Pre-Advent (& pre-Lent) Charity Fayres; Concert & Collection for Filipino typhoon victim;
Part-funding abuse victim parishioners for the Grief to Grace programme; SVP outreach
Christmas gifts for needy children; Ecumenical Winter Homeless Night Shelter;
the local Food Bank; Street Pastors; our on-going ACN and other overseas projects, etc.
|Christian Solidarity Worldwide ask us that we pray for Syria, especially for the safety of two kidnapped ArchbishopsCivil war has engulfed Syria for over two years, leaving more than 100,000 dead, over four million internally displaced, and causing a mass exodus of two million to other countries.Christians can be found on both sides of the civil war, but regardless of their allegiances, they have found themselves being targeted increasingly by Sunni jihadi groups, both from within Syria and abroad.
In April, Archbishop Boulos (Paul) Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church were abducted by gunmen, who murdered their driver, who was also a priest. Recently, it was claimed by the Syrian Grand Mufti that the Archbishops were alive in Turkey. However, the Turkish Government has denied this; consequently their whereabouts remain unknown.In July, a Catholic priest was executed by Islamist forces and in August, rebel gunmen killed 11 Christians in a drive-by shooting as they celebrated a feast day.More recently, reports are emerging of 30 dead bodies being found in mass graves in the Christian city of Sadaad after forces from jihadist group al-Nusra invaded the town in October. The victims included the elderly, disabled, women and children who could not escape as these forces arrived. Many were tortured. In addition, the remains of six members of the same family, including a 90-year-old grandmother, were reportedly found in a well. The Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, Boutros Alnemeh, has described this incident as the “most serious and biggest massacre of Christians” since the conflict began in March 2011.
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