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Convent of the Holy Name

Registered Charity No. 250256

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JUSTICE AND PEACE JOTTINGS from CHN Manchester

September – December 2014

Over the past 3 - 4 months we have been involved in the following –

We both went to the opening service (in St Anne’s church, Manchester city centre)  for the Labour Party Conference  -  which happened to be happening in Manchester so we were ‘in situ’.  The  speaker was Ruth Valerio from A Rocha.   At the end of  the service we had possibly  3 minutes in the presence of an up-beat (at that point)  Ed Milliband and we then got caught up in the Global People’s Climate March and were photographed holding Anti-Fracking banners.   Jean attended a fringe event at the local Quakers’ meeting house the following day which focussed on the question – Does Politics need the support of faith groups (Muslims, Hindus, Christians)?  Not sure what conclusion they reached.

We are both members of the St Chrysostom’s Justice and Peace Group, which meets monthly.  Recent discussions have included

Jean Mary continues her involvement with Amnesty International.  She is the is local co-ordinator for the Burma Campaign and is involved in other group actions, including the Stop Torture Campaign (Amnesty’s  main campaign for 2014), work for Afghan Women’s Rights and Write for Rights (letter writing campaign which has superseded the former Christmas Greetings campaign).

Diana (and Barbara) attended a meeting convened by Bishop Alastair in Derby Church House during which he expressed concerns about Human Trafficking and people who are ending up on the streets of Derby as a result.  Bp A cited  the work of RC communities in this area,  particularly in London and was planting seeds for the implementation of some project/ support group in the Derby diocese.   There is to be a follow-up meeting at the Convent in December.

The Medaille Trust has a hostel for people who have been trafficked  - near  St Chrysostom’s church here in Manchester.  Occasionally residents appear in church and Diana has spent time at their house with a group of  3 very diverse women (from Latvia, Sierra Leone and Ghana) at an art group - and we have plans to visit with Mary, Joseph and Puzzle the donkey in Advent.

We both took part in a Holocaust Study Day at the Menorah Synagogue in Altrincham,  arranged by the council of Christians and Jews – lots of input and a good contribution to inter-faith relations.

Diana attended  a day conference Faith in Health, organised by Faith in Action and concerned with issues of health and community.   There was an opening address by Daniel Singleton, CEO of Faith Action (which is a partner of the Dept of Health) who focussed on the role of churches/religious groups  in social action – food banks, counselling etc. – as most faith groups have a duty to the poor, the widow and orphan.  Workshops included

We both took part Manchester Cathedral’s one day event ‘Energy to Invest?’ – which was to celebrate a ‘greener cathedral’ after the installation of under-floor heating (and very efficient it is too) – and to renew the call for care for all in creation. 

Are we hospice workers to a dying planet.................

OR.....................

Midwives to birth a new creation???

We have both signed various on-line petitions and lobbied our MP, who happens to be Gerald Kauffman and is usually in line with our thinking! 

We also try to take note of ecological concerns which are aired in the press and other media, the latest being

We regularly buy the Big Issue and engage with the vendor(s) whenever possible.

 

You are Invited

To coffee on 1st January 2015 from 10 am to 11.30 am at the Convent of the Holy Name, Morley Road, Oakwood, Derby.

2015 is a special year for us as it marks the 150th Anniversary of the founding of our Community and this is the beginning of our celebrations.

There will be a Sung Eucharist at 12 noon to which you are welcome.

Care Assistant Vacancies

Do you know people who might like to join our Care Team?

We are keen to rescruit experienced carers for regular weekend hours or for occasional shifts. Additional training can be provided if necessary, but no qualifications are required.

Shifts will be paid at £7.14 an hour.

Applicants must be women and willing to have a Disclosrue Barring Service Check.

For further information contact Michael Futers on 01332 671716 option 1 during office hours

07500 802768

convent_mf@outlook.com

Going, going, gone!

After re-cycling as much of the furnishings and contents of our house on Tredegar Drive this week, (see last week’s news), there still remained those items which were beyond recycling: broken bits and pieces and obsolete light fittings etc, kept for years in the rafters of the garage, in case they came in – of course they never did!!

A skip arrived, was filled (in the rain, naturally!) and departed quickly.

The skip being taken

Now we are ready to welcome the retired couple who will be renting the property. Sisters have enjoyed use of the house for holidays and retreats, alongsiders have welcomed the chance to live with the Community and have a bolt-hole here and the house has also been used for guests.

Accommodation is still available at the Convent Guest Cottage – ideal for individuals or small groups (see leaflet on home page for details of facilities).

 

It's a Gift

CHN has recently taken the decision to let out the house behind the Guest Cottage and so this has been a month of packing up and disposing of its contents. Our rule states that Community houses should be simply furnished and in the spirit of our vow of poverty we try not to accumulate possessions. Therefore, having taken what will be used in the convent, we have had the opportunity to give things away.

Local charity shops have received smaller items and the majority of the furniture ie. that which meets current fire safety standards has been given to Salcare, a project in Heanor which supplies help for those in need in that area, including a furniture warehouse selling items at low cost, advice sessions and other services.

www.salcare.co.uk

 Stored in the garage were four bikes and these have gone to Bikeback – a project in prison where the inmates strip down and rebuild the bikes and sell them cheaply at places like universities, thus reducing landfill and encouraging more people to cycle. This also enables the men to gain a City and Guilds in Bicycle Maintenance.

www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/derby

 

Golden Days

Sisters Lisbeth and Vivienne Joy

It was a great joy to celebrate with Sisters Lisbeth and Vivienne Joy last Thursday on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of making their Profession under vows in CHN.

Sister Vivienne Joy had been able to spend a few days with her brother at the Convent the previous week and sister Lisbeth’s sister and brother-in-law came from Sweden for a short holiday encompassing the anniversary day itself.

The two golden girls received a special blessing at the end of the Thursday midday Eucharist and we sang the hymn ‘O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder’, which has a tune sung in Sweden.

How great thou art, how great thou art!!

 

No to Fracking

Sisters Jean Mary and Diana

Sisters Jean Mary and Diana from the Community's Longsight house last Sunday attended the Service of Prayer for the Beginning of the Labour Party Conference held at St Ann's Church in Manchester City Centre.

As they approached Piccadilly Square after the service they came across a peaceful, but busy protest and were asked whether they agreed with fracking. On replying in the negative they were asked to carry this banner and were soon the focus of the camera's attention.

 

Fellowship Day September 2014

This annual gathering of those members of the Fellowship who were fit enough to travel was held on 6th September at the Convent.

This year our speaker spoke of her experience as a prison chaplain, and of working with those on the margins of society in a variety of circumstances. Her passionate message that we are all one in Christ - all with our part to play in building up the body of Christ, was challenging and led to further discussion over the lunch which followed.

The Fellowship Meeting after lunch enabled up-to-date news of the Community to be shared, as well as a report of the current activities of the Fellowship and a chance to share news of members who had not been able to attend this year.

A short period of quiet reflection preceded the celebration of the Eucharist, during which Sisters and FHN members were able to re-dedicate themslves to the service of God, in the power of the spirit, to the glory of the Holy Name of Jesus.

 

2014 Magazine

This year's magazine is still available to download.