This Week's Newsletter
Publishedon Wednesday 24th March 2021
A Few Words from Fr Joe……….
I saw a graph in this morning’s paper illustrating the dramatic fall in the numbers of people in hospital and in ICU with Covid 19, it was a very uplifting image. We had hoped that the effect of the vaccines would be swift and the evidence shows that to be the case. Please God we will never see another spike in numbers again.
During the past 16 months, I lost two friends to Covid, both from the Philippines and working in the health sector. One left a wife and three children and the other a husband and an infant child. Their experience of Covid won’t be transformed by the vaccine as they carry this loss every day and it is cruelly painful.
Just after Christmas I asked for prayers for another friend, a teacher in his early 50’s who had tested positive, gone home to bed, was discovered unconscious the next morning and rushed to hospital and straight into ICU. As the days turned into weeks, he lay in an induced coma, with very little improvement in his blood oxygen levels.
His family and friends started a prayer circle, lighting candles and praying for him each evening. In our WhatsApp group images were shared of the candles burning in a whole variety of homes. As we approached the 40th day, and hope was fading the first good news came, a slight improvement. All in all, he was 78 days in hospital. The afternoon he arrived home the whole estate came out and clapped, cheered and whistled, he knew how much his recovery meant to so many.
On Sunday evening, I met him for dinner, outdoors at a friend’s house and couldn’t believe how well he was. At first, he didn’t talk about his experience at all, but then late into the evening the whole story spilled out. It was full of gratitude for the medical, nursing and general staff at the hospital who had taken over his life, provided for his every need and brought him back to life. He was deeply moved by the prayers and good wishes of family and friends. He, and all of us, had a deep insight into how precious life is, how much we matter to others and the supports that are there in our darkest hour.
It is a wonderful feeling when prayers are answered, thank God all is well now for him, and thanks too for your prayers for all the sick.
SUPPORT TO HELP INDIA FIGHT THE SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19
The devastating deadly surge of COVID-19 is hitting India with a frightening and rapidly increasing numbers of deaths and new cases. (7-day average of over 4100 daily deaths and 260000 new cases) The death toll has surpassed 311,000, while the total number of infections has risen above 27 million. COVID-19 patients are battling for their lives gasping for oxygen, desperate for essential drugs and emergency treatments. And with the lockdown in the country, the poor daily waged labourers/ families/ children are struggling and starving. They are in urgent need for food and ration supplies.
In the last few weeks more than 350 Priests and Nuns And thousands of Catholics have sacrificed their lives having infected with Corona, as the Priests were conducting funeral services and Nuns and Catholics working in the hospitals or volunteering in the care and welfare of the communities.
Syro Malabar Catholic Church Mission Dioceses (Adilabad, Faridabad, Hosur, Shamshabad) in India with all available resources, are serving the most under privileged/vulnerable sections of the society all over the country.
Now, these mission charities are facing serious challenge to meet the expenses to provide these lifesaving emergency care and basic facilities. Syro Malabar Catholic Church here in Dublin has started helping in the past weeks and planning to continue the same with the support of any and every possible resource.
We Request your genuine support and generous cooperation for this dire need by donating as little as Euros 10 or more, which would be utilized for different requirements of the Covid 19 affected states of India.
Every donation makes a difference, regardless of its extent.
- €50 will help purchase of an oxygen concentrator, they cost €500 per unit.
- €25 can provide essential kits (Med+Ration) to two families.
- €10 can provide one sanitizer kit. Syro Malabar Catholic Church Dublin is planning to deliver 20 Oxygen Concentrators, 1000 essential kits and 1000 sanitizer kit in the coming weeks.
Please donate by choosing one of the following options:
- Click here to donate:
- Visit website -www.syromalabar.ie. or Facebook page – Syro Malabar Church Dublin
- By Envelope Collection
Celebrations of Sacraments
Since the relaxation of Covid 19 restrictions on May 10th we have been delighted to return to daily Mass and to have 50 mourners present at funeral Masses. As you know celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation are not permitted during May and June and are likely to begin at the end of August, starting with the Confirmations of the Classes from 2020 who are still waiting patiently. Baptisms may well begin first, however the Archbishop is very alert to the fact that the health guidelines are still very much against indoor gatherings and family celebrations and given that the parents and children involved are mostly unvaccinated it is important not to rush these celebrations.