"Late applying for a Reception place for your child this September? It’s not too late!
St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School still has places for our 2021 class.
We offer a calm, caring and happy school, where children thrive. Please contact the school office on 01454 866690 for further details."
With the situation in India ever-present in our prayers, please see the latest update from our beloved Haven Home school and orphanage who have sent us this information about how they are coping.
Please remember them all in your prayers and pray for an end to this pandemic.
"We firstly thank each and everyone for your fervent prayers for our country and all those associated with Haven Home. Past 2-3 weeks has been a devastating situation throughout India and also in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. Many funerals and even losing family and friends due to COVID. It’s is heart breaking but at the same time it’s so shameful that we don’t have a chance to see the grieving family as well. Your prayers for our country is highly needed.
The government passed orders to evacuate all boarding schools so we dropped all the children to their homes. Our state works on volunteer systems. In this system each volunteer is assigned 50 families in the village to take care of their medical and other needs. So during this COVID if any one is affected then the volunteer is responsible to make sure they are hospitalise and medical care is given. So in a scenario if the member of a volunteer is in other region and he is affected with COVID then he or she cannot be guaranteed medial care. So with this situation we were directed by the government to drop all the children to their home. Please pray for safety and protection over each child as they are in their homes.
Right now we only had grade 10 children with us who are preparing for their upcoming exam in the first week of June. They are not attending school but preparing and revising. Please pray for them.
All the staff and family are doing well. Getting vaccination is becoming difficult as they have put an age limit. From May 1st it will be available to 18 years and above. So we dread huge and massive queues for the vaccination which will be a super spreader again. Prayer needs for this as well.
The local hospital are in a devastated situation of not being able to admit all the patients. The beds, oxygen, ventilator are in shortage. Hospital are requesting families to procure their own oxygen cylinders in order for them to carry the medical care. So people are running from pillar to post for oxygen cylinders.
Please pray for the situations."
Photo - Haven Home back in 2016 when visited by our parish.
An update from CAFOD:
As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working with experienced local Church agency, Caritas India, to provide vital support to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: cafod.org.uk/give.
Please keep praying for the people of India and all those affected by the pandemic.
CAFOD is holding a special online Mass on Friday 7 May at 6.30pm to pray for the people of India. You can register here: bigmarker.com/cafod/India-Emergency
Novena to the Holy Spirit
Bishop Declan invites us all to participate in praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit beginning this week on Thursday 13 May (Feast of the Ascension). Each of the nine days will focus on a different fruit of the Spirit. You can access the prayer resource for the Novena on the diocesan website: https://cliftondiocese.com/novena
We hope as many people will join us in praying the Novena as we continue to ‘Dare to Dream’ and invite the Holy Spirit to bless our diocese as we move forward.
Thanks for your updates Bella!
"Living simply" means just being kind to everyone and everything. One thing you could do is to look at your food stores, all that we have bought 'just in case', and maybe take some to your local foodbank. Often we forget what we have, and don't use it, and there is such a need in food banks just now. Also we could think about the people who provided the food, and maybe we would think it worth paying a few pence more for Fair trade. There are also the Mayoral and other elections coming up and there are lots of Zoom hustings going on. You can see some information here:
I am proud of so much good stuff going on in Bristol.
Laudato Si Week
Beginning on 16th May a week of free online events is taking place world-wide leading up to Pentecost.
To learn more about the week's events go to https://laudatosiweek.org/
I would add my personal encouragement that these are world class talks by major figures in the church and will culminate in the promulgation of the Laudato Si Programme for the next seven years, a programme of Jubilee. This is a fantastic opportunity to be in touch with what the Church is thinking. The events are at lunchtime and evening every day for about an hour. Please sign up!
Fr Frank is going to pray an intercession for creation every day that week and make it the Sunday Mass Intention, thank you Fr Frank. And please pray for the success of all the international initiatives with the G7 and eventually COP26 in November to make real and lasting change to our suffering planet and our sisters and brothers.
With Laudato Si week approaching, let's look further afield for ideas and inspiration...
Check out this BBC documentary.
"In Bangladesh and Bhutan, Ade sees the damage that climate change is causing and finds out how we can fight it, and how a whole country can go carbon negative."