On Sunday 29th August, I delivered a homily linking the Gospel story of feeding the five thousand, and a modern day charity called Mary’s Meals. We all know the story of when Jesus took a small amount of food, and with Gods blessing fed a multitude of people who where hungry and thirsty. Mary’s Meals aims to educate and feed disadvantaged children, for a full year for an average cost of just 13.90, perhaps a modern day equivalent of feeding the 5000.

Sadly in our modern day world, particularly in parts of the developing world there are millions of children living in poverty, who  regularly go hungry and are starved of education. Mary’s Meals was set up to address this problem and now attracts over a million children to school each day, with the promise of a free meal. The cost of providing that meal to a child for a year is just £13.90.


It seems this story touched many of our parishioners who wanted to know more and actively help, and I count myself amongst them. So I have decided to do something to raise money to feed and educate these children.

In just over a fortnights time, me and Barbara, along with both our daughters will be In Ireland when the Pope visits Knock, where my family hails from. On the Thursday of that week myself and my daughter Catherine, have decided to do a sponsored climb of Croagh Patrick, one of Ireland’s roughest and highest mountains. Some of you may have visited yourselves, perhaps even climbed it, however it’s a first for me and Catherine. Previous attempts were abandoned through admittedly tame reasons such as poor weather or lack of time. All money we raise will go to Mary’s meals, and I’m hoping to be able to feed and educate as many children as we can for each £13.90 we raise.

There is are sponsor forms at the back of church, and we have also set up a just giving page which can be accessed using the link at the top of the page.

Anything you can spare would be gratefully received, not least for those children for whom we could be giving more than just food and an education,  you would be giving them hope of a sustainable and respectful existence.

Thank you for sparing an extra few minutes and please help if you are able to.

Deacon Jim Byrne

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