Break the Chain

OK, so I’m a bit late in finding these things. Blame it on the timing and clergy being kind of busy on the 14th of February. Not with an abundance of roses and kisses, at least not in my case. But with the old Lent thing beginning etc.

So that is why I didn’t come across this until now.

This is an invitation for the world to come together and dance on Feb. 14th St. Valentine’s Day, a day intended to celebrate love.

 The One Billion Rising Organisation here is calling for a billion women and men to stand up wherever they and dance together Feb. 14th in a global effort to shake the foundations of the world and stand united against abuse of women.

 The sober truth is that one out of every three women in the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. 

That is 1 billion women treated as objects, beaten and bruised, used and exploited sexually without their consent, humiliated and mutilated invisible victims of war. Some are as young as 3 years old.
 Many of them are targeted and attacked in their 70s. 

 Groups can send  videos of to One Billion Rising’s website when it’s over to become part of the archives of a world that has finally called violence against women what it is: immoral, illegal, unjust and inhuman.

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Knitted Last Supper

I came across this lately – a knitted Last Supper.  We, at St Mark’s, have a knitted Nativity (doesn’t everyone?) but I must admit that a knitted Last Supper would just be the icing on the cake.  What I can’t find is the pattern so if anyone out there has seen one…

Now to try and figure out how to fit it into Maundy Thursday’s liturgy…

Mary’s Meals in Haiti

From John and Jane Helliwell…

This is the latest from Mary’s Meals (from the web site) for information.

The long-suffering people of Haiti now face a new tragedy and they are going to need our help to recover from it.  A large earthquake has struck the capital Port Au Prince and surrounding area.  It has caused widespread damage and loss of life. The shanty town slum, Cite Soleil, is one of the worst affected places.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and the majority of the people live in terrible poverty.  Mary’s Meals has been working in Haiti since 2006 and we provide meals for over 12 000 children in schools in Cite Soleil, Gonaives and Hinche.

We have just heard that our friends and partners in Cite Soleil are safe and we are now busy working out how best we can start helping.  Our priority will be to re-establish school feeding as soon as we can.  We also want to respond to the many other needs caused by this emergency.  We need your help to do this.

Thank you.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Make a donation, arrange a fundraising event, tell friends and family about this appeal, pray for the suffering people, put a link on your Facebook page.

Click here for more information.