A huge thank you from the Parish SVP conference goes out to every parishioner who contributed to our Harvest Festival food collection on Sunday October 20th.
As you can see a great amount of food was donated and, by the time you read this posting, it will already have been distributed to families in need in South Liverpool.
If you were not able to donate last Sunday, our food collections continue. You can donate items of food at the Monastery Monday to Friday from 10.00 - 6.00 in the box marked SVP.
Thank you for your continued support.
"AND IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY......."
Some reflections on half of "The Way", The Camino to Santiago de Compostela
by Dave Hart
As the sound of the train receded, the stillness was disturbed only by the sheep bells from the flock that was corralled at the station yard in Fromista. The town was deserted, people enjoying a siesta or sheltering from the bitter northerly wind that was to accompany me for several days. The train had brought me north from Valladolid where I had enjoyed the hospitality of the English seminary, having initially travelled from Madrid where I had left my wife with some friends. It was fitting that I should be "waved off" from the College by Archbishop Patrick. He is patron of Friends of the Holy Land, my pilgrimage intention. On the previous evening we had attended a concert conducted by Liverpool's own Vasily Petrenko.
At Fromista I was able to sample the delightful cheese, a local speciality, and visit the churches of St Pedro (Gothic) and St Martin (Romanesque circa 1066), a national monument. Like many of the villages and towns on the pilgrimage way to Santiago de Compostela ("the camino"), Fromista also has its place in history. It had derived its name from the Roman frumentum (cereal), the whole region of Palencia supplying wheat for the Roman Empire. Further evidence of its links with Rome and Jerusalem is found in the name of one of the three medieval pilgrim "hospitals" of the town, Hosteria Palmeros, referring to the palm leaf symbol of pilgrims going to the Holy Land, as distinct from the scallop shell of the camino to Santiago. It was in the 12th century that the pilgrimage to Compostela developed because access to the Holy Land was not possible.
Between Burgos and Leon the land is relatively flat and, day after day, the path of the camino snakes an ochre-coloured trail across the green agricultural landscape, irrigated for the heat of summer, bitterly cold in winter. The path from Fromista follows the river Ucieza. Its banks teemed with bird life, wagtails, larks, warblers, cuckoos and low flying kites, hour on hour beneath a big blue sky. From here it is 18km to the village of Villalcazar de Sirga, a 12th-century commandery of the Knights Templar where there is a magnificent Templar church of Santa Maria la Virgen Blanca, yet another national monument which houses the tombs of Spanish nobility and royalty.
As 2012 draws to a close the One World Group would like to thank all those who have supported our fundraising activities throughout what has been a very busy year for everyone. This year we have had fewer events, unfortunately some planned events had to be cancelled due to slow ticket sales, but those we did hold were very well attended and great fun.
This year although we have had a smaller Committee, we have been lucky to be able to draw on help from non-committee members. We are extremely grateful to you and take this opportunity to thank you for all your assistance. Also, we would like to say a big thank you to our partners and families for their continued help and support. We are also delighted that Sarah Eccleston has joined the One World Group.
We would like to highlight the events and the money raised through your generous support be it through your attendance or kind donations
- On 29th April, we held our Sunday Afternoon Cream Tea with beautiful homemade sandwiches and delicious cakes. Supporting us on this occasion was Pat from Booker Florists who demonstrated and talked through some wonderful flower arrangements that were kindly donated for raffle prizes. We raised £750.00
- Unfortunately, the planned "Midsummer Evening" at Childwall Golf Club had to be cancelled.
- In July, tickets were sold to attend the Philharmonic to attend an afternoon of Crosby Orchestra. This raised £210.00
- On 14th October we hosted a "Sunday Lunch" at 60 Hope Street. This is the second year we have held this event and again we enjoyed marvellous support in this great venue, good food and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We raised £575.00.
- Fri 19th October. Coffee morning in Fisher-More Hall. This fundraiser was in aid of Kanvilli, a Christian Brothers School in Tamale, Northern Region of Ghana. The money raised for this event went towards educational resources at the school. Clare O'Brien who studied at St Edwards College spent six weeks as a Volunteer Teaching Assistant at Kanvilli from 1st November. The proceeds from this fundraiser plus £1,000 donated by OWG will go a long way at Kanvilli, a school that strives under great financial pressure to give the best education it can.
- On 25th November, we held an Edwardian Cream Tea where we were serenaded for the first part with our very own One World Brass Ensemble, made up of family members, who played a lovely selection of Christmas Music. We were extremely pleased to welcome back Margaret O'Brien who gave an Edwardian Theme talk taking us back to Christmas 1913 in our very own "Eton Hall". Margaret dressed in period costume and brought with various authentic Edwardian goods which the National Trust had kindly donated as prizes. £802.00 was raised in the process.
To add to these planned fundraisers, we also received very generous donations of £632.00. Thank you so much.
We have been delighted to be able to make the following awards this past year:
- £500 to Sister Helena from the Notre Dame Sisters
- £1,200 to The Chigwell Sisters (the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary) who run a programme called "Households in Distress" based in Zambia. They provide centres to give help, advice and assistance to families affected by HIV/AIDS. The sisters educate families in how to provide care for their dying relatives at home. Essential equipment for example a mattress, basic medicines and clean water are provided. Our connection with the order came through a parishioner whose own sister was a Chigwell Sister working in Zambia.
- £1,000 to Mrs Pat Cameron, Hope One World, who organised a trip to India to support educational needs.
- £1,000 to the Edmund Rice Trust through Claire O'Brien who visited Kanville School in Ghana in November/December 2012
Whilst giving our update we would also like to reiterate that the One World Group are a small group of parishioners who raise funds to support a few projects in the developing world to help, mainly on an educational level and to try and improve their health care standards. The group was started in 1983, because of the direct links through parishioners with the groups supported at that time. The groups heavily relied on the financial assistance the One World Group provided so that they could plan for tomorrow. We have no administrative costs. Every penny raised goes to improve the lives of those in the developing world and the letters, photos and project updates we receive are a great source of inspiration and encouragement to the then and present group.
Once again on behalf of the One World Group, thank you all so much for supporting our fundraising activities. As you know, all funds raised do go to our projects mainly in Africa and other developing countries.
If you would be interested in becoming part of The One World Group as a committee member or indeed a non-committee helper, please contact Cath McVey on 722 3680
Teresa Jackson, Chairperson
Teresa Jackson (Chairperson)
Cath McVey (Secretary)
Colette Nawrocki (Treasurer)
One World Group are holding an Edwardian theme Afternoon Cream Tea together with some light Christmas theme brass music on Sunday 25 November at 2.00pm in the Fisher-More Hall. There will be an assortment of freshly made sandwiches, home made cakes, tea/coffee and mulled wine. Tickets £7.50 available from Cath 722 3680 or Teresa 737 2173.
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