Mgr Gerard’s Reflection – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Trouble and heartache come to everyone in this world, we could be suffering from that today due to lockdown. Sadly in our world, there are issues of injustice, where people do not receive their share; issues of violence, issues of human relationships where dishonesty and trust can drive families apart, issues of bereavement, where people suddenly lose their loved ones. Certainly today, many families are affected by COVID 19 and sadly are having to deal with their loved one’s death, and we send our deepest sympathies to them.

The words of Jesus, spoken first to his disciples at the Last Supper, are repeated to us today: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” The Lord himself is the reason why we are not to lose hope.

On a different note, many have asked what they are to do regarding the collection and the envelopes. My advice is to hang onto your envelopes or money and when we are back open, then that can be brought to the Church, but not to worry at the moment

We also must be aware of the bigger picture, we need to consider the local foodbanks, many people in our area are going hungry, there is a reliance on the community’s support to ensure that food is still donated. You can check this site that can give updated information on foodbanks, giving items urgently needed, and you can also give a cash donation:

https://middlesbrough.foodbank.org.uk/location/

Give help by donating money, big or small, every gift helps transform lives.

I am also aware that CAFOD have launched an emergency appeal and again you can check out their website for info:

Cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal