Featured image above: Mariama with daughter Fati – a reflective moment
2nd SUNDAY OF LENT 2015
“FOOD FOR LIFE” Project Compassion
Week 2: Mariama’s Story in Niger, Africa Mariama is raising her daughter in a country that suffers widespread poverty and inequity. When her little girl becomes malnourished, she receives life-saving food and care at a Nutrition Centre supported by Caritas Australia.
“I am very happy. I would like to say a big thank you.” – Mariama
For most of us, it’s almost impossible to imagine what it would be like to live from day-to-day without enough food to eat. But for Mariama and her family, it’s a reality they confront daily. Mariama’s mother tries to support the family by selling vegetables on the side of the road. But her tiny, inconsistent income often means the family doesn’t have enough money to buy food. As a result, Mariama’s young daughter, Fati, is often sick and recently became malnourished.
Mariama gleans rice left over by others
Thankfully, Mariama found life-saving help at a Nutrition Centre run by Caritas Australia’s local partners in Niger CAFOD (UK Caritas) and CADEV (Caritas Niger). The Nutrition Centre cares for malnourished children like Fati, and provides them with medical care, nutritional supplements and essential food so they can recover from malnutrition.
Mariama receiving ‘plumpy nuts’ at the Nutrition Centre
“Those who come to the Centre are mostly the poorest of the poor,” says Sr Francesca, a staff member at the Nutrition Centre. The program of food and care that Fati is currently receiving at the Nutrition Centre has given the young girl a second chance at life. As Fati recovers physically, Mariama is strengthening her spirit and sense of hope with the help of counselling received through the Nutrition Centre.
Fati eating a healthy meal
Mariama has also taken a sewing course that means she will be able to earn an income and secure a better future for them both. Mariama is filled with hope and gratitude. “I am very happy,” she says. “I would like to say a big thank you to Australian people for all their support to the Nutrition Centre.”
Mariama preparing dinner at home
Mariama with her mother and daughter Fati
‘Whatever you did for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you did it for Me.’
Be transfigured into Christ by the charity and service you render others. Make a difference to those who struggle.
PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
The theme for Lent is “Rich in Mercy”. Collect your Project Compassion box, or envelopes, and be generous to the “Food for Life” campaign with your daily sacrifices on behalf of the poor.
Access the link to a YouTube presentation of Mariama’ story in Niger here.
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03 Mar. Tuesday 7.30pm Lent Prayer Group 1 – Meeting Room
05 Mar. Thursday 10.15am Lent Prayer Group 2 – Meeting Room
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06 Mar. Friday 6.30pm Stations of the Cross in church [All Fridays in Lent]
13-14 March: “Churches open 24 hours for the Lord” Celebrate Sacrament of Confession and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Lenten Prayer effort urged by Pope Francis “(an) encounter with the Lord. Be courageous, and go to confession.”
“Give an hour to the Lord” – a clip-board is on the table at the back of the church. Choose an hour (or more!) that you will spend in prayer with the Lord before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in Our Lady’s Chapel. Fri. 13th Mar. 9.30am – 5.30pm; Sat 14th Mar. 9.30am until 5.30pm. “Could you not watch with me one hour?” – Jesus to the Apostles in Gethsemane. Sign on for an hour and be sure to attend at that time.
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16th Mar. Monday: 7-9pm Cultural Event: Noel Stallard recites ‘Around the Boree Log’ poems as John O’Brien. At the Chocolate Factory, Corowa. Bookings a must – limited seating. Call Kathleen Winch 6033 1888, or Carmel Packer 6033 0996. $25 with supper. Drinks at the bar.
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Rosaries for Parish Renewal – To commence in May (Lent already very busy)
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Now available: Lenten Letter of Pope Francis – collect your copy from the church table / bulletin boxes.
Please let Nicole know if you are unavailable for Good Friday & Easter Masses. Thank you.
Remember in Prayer
Kevin Lovell, Imelda Gauci, Vince Fitzgerald, John Lyons, Joan Sandral, Pauline Kerr, Cliff Broderick, John Hickey,
Mark Fitzgibbon, Pat Kelly
St Mary’s Court
2 bedroom unit for rent
Inquiries phone 60331564 or Parish 60331927
1) Scripture Teachers in Primary Schools
2) New Altar Servers for Weekend Masses
3) New Readers for Mass – Training available. Contact Parish Office 6033 1927
MASS INTENTIONS 28th Feb. – 07th March
6.30pmMass (John Hickey, Pauline Kerr)
Sunday 1st March 2nd Sunday in Lent
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
10.45am Coreen Mass
9.00am Mass (John & Janina Palubiski family)
9am Mass (Bev O’Brien, Gillian Spencer)
9am Mass (Imelda Gauci, Pauline Kerr)
12noon Mass (Joan Sandral, Pat Kelly)
10.00am Mass at Karinya (Sick & disabled)
6.30pm Stations of the Cross
8.45 Rosary & Mass (Martin Dickins, Cliff Broderick)
6.30pm Vigil (Marj Regan, Monica Buggy)
Sunday 8th – 3rd Sunday in Lent
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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Sunday Mass Roster 7th – 8th March
6.30pm O’Halloran Family
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm R Packer A Norman
9.00am M Milthorpe
Special Ministers of the Eucharist:
6.30pm K O’Halloran J Lowden
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar: Mona Doyle
6.30pm Sandral Family
9.00am C Sutcliffe
6.30pm: S Lassey
Collection B O’Shea
Counting: A & M Campbell
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