TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Don't forget you can still Zoom in on all the Masses that are celebrated by Canon Tom at Corpus Christi. Please also have a read of this week’s newsletter, with Canon Tom’s ‘Thought for the Week’.
 
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SUNDAY OFFERINGS
Just a reminder that, if you are in a position to continue supporting the church through this time, there are many ways to donate. You can give via PayPal (with or without an account) via our Giving Page (click here) and there are links to any of the three parishes in Weston, or you can set up a Standing Order. Many thanks!
PRAYER - ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Today 600 people will be diagnosed with leprosy, more than 50 of these will be children.
Devastating impact
Over 7 million people are currently affected by leprosy across the world. 
Evidence shows over 3 million people are living with undiagnosed leprosy
Over 4 million people are living with a life-changing disability caused by leprosy
Although curable, many people are unable to access treatment, even though the cure is free. Lepra works to find, treat and rehabilitate these hidden people and promote their rights in India, Bangladesh, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Discrimination
Due to misunderstanding, lack of information and incorrect beliefs, 
people affected by leprosy can experience severe discrimination
and prejudice when they show symptoms, or when a diagnosis is
confirmed. The consequences can be devastating; people are often
shunned by their community or even their own family, they may lose
their livelihoods and they can even experience thoughts of suicide.
They are left to endure a lifetime of abuse, isolation and shame.
During the difficult times of the Covid-19 crisis, so many of us in the
UK can resonate with such feelings of isolation with social distancing
measures we are experiencing; though this is hopefully a relatively short term restriction compared to that of a leprosy sufferer for whom isolation may last a lifetime.
Lives changed
The lives of many people have been changed thanks to the generosity of supporters like you.
In the 96 years since our founding we have helped millions of people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases such as leprosy. There is now a cure for leprosy, however, there is
more work to be done as prejudice, discrimination and lack of healthcare and resources
mean not everyone can receive this in time to prevent disabilities. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has seen us purchase a vital PCR machine with help from our supporters for our
Blue Peter Public Health and Research Centre in Hyderabad, which allows for the study of and testing for Covid-19 and also leprosy. The lockdown in India has challenged our teams immensely across many key areas, including gaining access to people affected by leprosy and supplying appropriate medications such a MDT (multi drug therapy) and steroids and providing food supplies to those in dire need.
You can make a difference
Our mission is to beat leprosy – so that all cases are easily diagnosed and treated and leave no disability or discrimination. We are working towards a day when leprosy no longer destroys lives; with your support we can achieve this sooner.
Please help us beat leprosy – even the smallest contribution can help treat and rehabilitate people trapped by this disease. https://donate.lepra.org.uk/LepraDonate


 
In many of the countries where we serve our life-changing meals, school playgrounds are beginning to fill with happy children once more.
 
Children in Zambia, Liberia and Haiti are already returning to the classroom, and schools in Malawi, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe are expected to open again soon.

Sadly, schools in India and Kenya look set to stay closed for the rest of this year.

Whether they are learning at school or at home, we are continuing to safely reach the 1.6 million little ones who rely on Mary’s Meals with a nutritious daily meal – and, thanks to you, this number is growing.
 
Augustine, six, receives food to eat at home in rural Kenya. His mother says: "Parents have struggled for their children to get something to eat while at home. Mary's Meals has helped children, even during this time of uncertainty."
 
Although the situation is still desperate for many families, our work won’t stop. With your support and generosity, we will continue to keep our promise to hungry children.

Further details including how to donate can be found on www.marysmeals.org.uk
DON'T FORGET CAFOD!     
CAFOD is trying hard to assist underdeveloped countries fight coronavirus.
At the same time it has lost a lot of it's funding from parishes. Please Help! 
 
With our prayers,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
Father Wieslaw Garbacz
Deacon Stephen Munday 
Deacon Michael Roberts
Deacon Tom Moffatt






 
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