Day of the Poor 2017


Pope Francis has hosted the first World Day of the Poor this Sunday 19 November 2017. We give thanks for all who support many outreaches in our parish.
We think of the students from St Pat’s who travel to Calcutta, Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers who work locally, the Order of Malta, the many St Vincent de Paul conferences in our area, Sr Catherine and friends in Tabor House and many others who serve the poor in our parish community by raising funds and awareness.
“We are all poor in some way and everybody’s got something to give, something to offer and this day can serve to open our minds and hearts, our attitudes towards the poverty that exists every day of the year.”

Message of Pope Francis for the first
World Day of Prayer for the Poor

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
19 November 2017

1. “Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn 3:18).  These words of the Apostle John voice an imperative that no Christian may disregard.  The seriousness with which the “beloved disciple” hands down Jesus’ command to our own day is made even clearer by the contrast between the empty words so frequently on our lips and the concrete deedsagainst which we are called to measure ourselves.  Love has no alibi.  Whenever we set out to love as Jesus loved, we have to take the Lord as our example; especially when it comes to loving the poor.  The Son of God’s way of loving is well-known, and John spells it out clearly.  It stands on two pillars: God loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:10.19), and he loved us by giving completely of himself, even to laying down his life (cf. 1 Jn 3:16). [read full text here]


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A message has been prepared by Bishop John McAreavey welcoming the  First World Day of the Poor. The text is available via []