Most of you will be aware of the recent distressing floods in Kerala, southern India. Our St Vincent de Paul Conference is twinned with and helps St. George’s Conference in Punnacaud, Kerala, but we have not had news from them recently. However, we do have a number of parishioners from Kerala in St. Catherine’s; in fact two families were on holiday there when the floods reached a dangerous level. One family caught their flight back just 6 hours before the airport was closed but the other had to wait weeks until flights resumed. So we learned at first hand about the devastation and the impact on local people.
The Twinnage Committee of the SVP recognises that people in Kerala will need support for some time to come. With this in mind, we will be holding a special collection after all Masses on Sunday, 30 September and hope that you will give generously. Any money collected will be sent direct to the SVP in India, with no expenses/admin costs being deducted.
Mary Coen, St. Catherine’s SVP Conference.