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being churchOver the Summer the Migrant Crises in Africa flowing over into Europe has been one of the big stories. Tens of thousands of people, fleeing terror, war and destitution, seeking at great risk a life for themselves and theirfamilies, have been washing up on the shores of Europe. Thousands have died in the attempt. We can take some pride in the work of the men and women of our Naval Service in rescuing those in danger of drowning. We can also take pride in the wise, authoritative voice of our Parishioner, Mr. Peter Sutherland.
Migration and Refugees are a part of the story of human kind on this earth. Refugees and migrants are seeking a place where they can live a human life in peace and dignity. Parish is about people and place. Migrants and Refugees are seeking a place and a people among whom they can live a human life.
Parish abides in time and place, committed to geographical presence and coverage. It is a long term institution. Like home, at a personal level, parish, at a community level, offers stability, so essential for human flourishing. There are communities to which we choose to belong, full of people like us There are communities we can exchange. Parish can change us.
Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium describes Church as people “Participating in God’s great plan of Fatherly love” for all human kind. He describes parish as “The presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration.” Cherish our parish!