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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Friday, July 04, 2008
In 1995 Pope John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae (‘The Gospel of Life’)

“… I propose that a Day for Life be celebrated each year in every country, as already established by some Episcopal Conferences. The celebration of this Day should be planned and carried out with the active participation of all sectors of the local Church. Its primary purpose should be to foster in individual consciences, in families, in the Church and in civil society a recognition of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. Particular attention should be drawn to the seriousness of abortion and euthanasia, without neglecting other aspects of life which from time to time deserve to be given careful consideration, as occasion and circumstances demand.” (n. 85)

This year we pray and reflect upon those suffering from mental health problems. We pray that their human dignity continue to be acknowledged, particularly by our society returning to acknowledging the dignity of our weak brothers and sisters at the beginning and end of their lives. See Green leaflets at back.

Through our Lenten family fast day our parish recently helped send over £1,000 to this centre largely destroyed by a recent earthquake. From a letter from Sr Therese to Helen Leith of the St Boniface Secular Institute at the German Centre, who is making another visit there in August.

“The boys … are always thrilled to see you on the photo, as I have told them that it is thanks to you that the house is being rebuilt. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been able to buy 12 beds, 4 large tables, 4 benches, 11 bed-covers, 12 uniforms, and 5 ground-sheets which I have given to my neighbours who are still living out in the open. The situation for those who have lost their houses is getting worse. They have no means to rebuild, The State will re-build the infrastructures such as Hospitals, and Schools which were demolished. Please greet everyone from me, especially the parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene. Therese”

posted by Sinead Reekie at 1:25 pm