ENVELOPES FOR THE NOVEMBER DEAD LIST are now available from the back of the church. This year, for many it will be a case of composing your own list and dropping your envelope through the letterbox at St Joseph’s presbytery with the writer’s name written on the envelope and marked “Holy Souls”. If you come to Mass, you can use the collection plate. In the coming year, a Mass will be offered up for each compiled list under the name of the person compiling the list. So please do not forget to write your name on the envelope.
The activities of our local SVP Conference in Aylesbury.
Marie Woods writes:
Awareness month 2020 for society of St. Vincent de Paul
While we have had to stop our befriending visits, our SVP members have been writing to or phoning many housebound parishioners, who live alone and are not able to visit family and friends. In the fine weather, we enjoyed a chat with one or two in their gardens and left them a newsletter. Fortunately, most have wonderful neighbours to do their shopping.
We have also phoned care homes and sent cards to those residents we used to see every week.
A family of travellers asked us for help while they waited to move on to a permanent site. We showed them where the launderette was, bought them gas bottles and gave them a Tesco voucher so that clothes could be bought for the children.
We continue to sponsor 2 SVP Conferences in India: St. Thomas Conference in Madhapuram and Thuckalay Central Conference. Sister Manju and Brother Iyathurai are very thankful for our support. It enables them to give food and medicine to the old, the sick and widows as well as helping a few students to continue their higher education.
The SVP, particularly during the pandemic, is also focused on raising money for the SVP’s Covid Recovery fund to help pay for the crucial work now and in the future. The website www.svp.org.uk/rise suggests all sorts of imaginative ways to raise much needed money for those in need. If anyone wishes to donate directly to the SVP society, you can do so through the above website, or you can send a cheque to our SVP group at St. Joseph’s, payable to “The St Joseph SVP Conference” and send to St Joseph SVP, St. Joseph’s church, 56 High Street, Aylesbury HP20 1SE.
Thank you very much for all your prayers and generosity