News from Lay Associates

heartsIn the Summer, the Parish Pastoral Group of
St Augustine’s Church in Daventry decided to
organise a “home grown‟ Mission and much
work has gone on within the various groups
to bring this to fruition. The various “themes‟
for the four evenings were Discipleship, Community,
Prayer and Youth followed on the
Saturday by Mass with anointing of the sick.
The local SSCC group in Daventry took on
the theme of Discipleship and all members
of the group contributed in one way or another
in putting together a presentation
around scripture, music, prayers and guided
reflections attempting to offer our definition of
discipleship and question how it affects our
life as a follower of Christ. A prayer card for
the Mission was created by the group and a
bookmark highlighting Discipleship and suggested
text also created.
Pat and Sybil Herlihy (Daventry) inspired by
Teresa Forry’s (Acton) trip to India, expressed
a wish to help support a particular
SSCC mission project in Bhubaneswar,
Orissa, Eastern India. This project is known
as the Damien Social Development Institute
(DSDI) and is dedicated to providing vital services
to the poor and abandoned in India,
and in particular to those suffering from Hansen’s
Disease (leprosy) and those living with
AIDS/HIV. Inspired by the example of Father
Damien of Molokai and believing that human
life is a gift from God, DSDI seeks to promote
the values of commitment, compassion and
service to those entrusted to their care.
Daventry’s support of DSDI is through simple
fundraising: tea/coffee mornings; book-sales,
sales and donations.

The Irish  LayAssociates (18) continue to remember
us all in their daily prayer and weekly adoration.
Formation of new members is ongoing
with inputs from various SSCC sisters and
brothers. Ann Padden of the Sruleen group
has just taken her first three year commitment.
An annual Mass for the sick followed
by tea and coffee was hosted and celebrated
in the Sruleen parish. Five of the Irish members
joined the Lay Associates in England for
a weekend retreat in Buckden Towers, led by
Fr Michael Ruddy, It was a grace-filled
time. Fr Michael will also lead the Lay Associates
in Ireland in a half day of reflection for
Advent. The group in Ireland decided to
dedicate 2011 to supporting Inhaminga and
to that end money was collected money during
the year.