Sacred Hearts Province (SS.CC.)
Donates €10,000 to Philippines Flood Relief
With almost 400,000 people still living in flooded villages a month after the last of three cyclones blew across the Philippines leaving about 1,000 dead last month, the Ireland-England Province of the Sacred Hearts has donated a sum of €10,000 from its mission appeal fund.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 382,000 people in 871 villages remain surrounded by floodwaters. Typhoons Mirinae and Parma and Tropical Storm Ketsana blew across Luzon during a five-week period starting on Sept 26. They accounted for most of this year’s 1,126 deaths caused by more than 11 tropical cyclones that pummelled the country. Parma made landfall three times, bringing more flooding to areas already soaked.
Commenting on the announcement, Provincial Fr. Mike Ruddy, ss.cc., said, “We got the alert from our congregation partners in the parish of Bagong Silang that they were in desperate need of support so we were happy to do what we could to support the community in some small but tangible way.”
In Bagong Silang, an (SS.CC.) parish staffed by both priests and sisters of the congregation, a small creek became a torrent flooding the huts and houses on its border. About 250 families had to leave their homes; one baby was swept away and 75 houses were crushed to bits by the floods. About 500 people were evacuated into the nearby Kalayaan Elementary School.
New Appointment at Sacred Hearts
Shane Halpin has been appointed to the role of Vocations and Mission Promoter for the Ireland-England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in Dublin. Shane, who is the first lay-person to undertake this role within the Province, is a former public relations consultant and a Masters graduate in pastoral ministry from All Hallows College in Dublin. He brings with him a unique blend of experience which the Congregation hopes will help put them on the map with regard to their activities in Ireland and the UK.
Shane who started his career in London’s PR business spent over 10 years in South Africa working with various projects for the homeless and marginalised. Since his return to Ireland in 2006, he has been very active in promoting and encouraging lay involvement and ministry within the Church.
Commenting on the appointment, the Provincial Fr Michael Ruddy, ss.cc. said, “Never has it been more important to stand up and be counted than it is in our Church today. Our charism is about reaching out in love and compassion to the world. We are very excited about the prospects of trying new ideas and engaging creatively with the wider community.”
Shane is based at the Provincial House, 27 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 and his direct line is 01 6604899. He welcomes any enquiries formal or informal about the SSCC way of life and opportunities to join the community either in Ireland or in the UK.