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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, June 05, 2006

The New Testament letter of St James says “Are there any who are sick amongst you. Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil, and the prayer will save the sick person, and forgive any sins they may have committed”. The Church has authoritatively interpreted this scripture as outlining the Sacrament of the Sick, whereby Christ fully links himself with those who are suffering. Catholic priests who work in and visit hospitals offer (amongst other support) offer this gift of Christ.

In the light of the data protection Act 1998 those entering hospital are encouraged to indicate that their details may be passed to the Roman Catholic chaplain. Also state that you would like the RC chaplain to visit you.

Small blue cards are available that can be kept in the your wallet/purse etc which indicate the above. It is important that you write “Roman Catholic” above and the telephone number of your parish (ours is below) on the reverse side.


Peers who have led the fight against euthanasia in the House of Lords have written to express their gratitude to all those who wrote during the recent letter-writing campaign opposing the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill introduced by Lord Joffe. Some peers reported receiving hundreds of letter. The campaign was very successful and played a significant part in achieving a victory of 148 votes to 100 against the Bill— the first victory in the pro-life campaign for over thirty years. However, we cannot rest now as the euthanasia lobby has made it quite clear that they intend to continue! In fact, Lord Joffe has also said that he will re-introduce his Bill in the House of Lords this coming autumn. Perhaps you might write and thank those Peers to whom you wrote and who voted against the Bill (list at the back right as usual).

It is also vital that we write to our MPs (at the House of Commons, Westminster, London, SWIA OAA), or telephone (020 7219 3000), expressing concern about legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide. One draw their attention to the fact that — without exception — every disability rights group in the country has made clear their opposition to any such legislation on the grounds that it would totally undermine the basic rights of people with disability.

The Peers have also expressed their gratitude to those who signed the Petition opposing the Bill and for which over 103,000 names were collected making it a powerful document.For More info.: Telephone Right to Life 020 8992 7657

posted by Sinead Reekie at 2:38 pm