Homes with dignity – A pastoral initiative at St Jude’s Church, Malad East

#HomesWithDignity

This is Manju’s house its all of seventy square feel with  a small loft. She lives here with her husband who is ill and three children one one of whom supports the family. Manju is a member of our congregation and one of the loveliest people you can meet.

Manju embraced the faith several years ago with her oldest son and youngest daughter and lives harmoniously with her Hindu husband and son who continue to practice their faith as devout Hindus.

This year in the constant floods that have damaged several homes in our community, we at St Jude’s, Malad East decided to reach out. Our first act of love was to our Hindu and Muslim brothers and sisters who lost their loved ones and lives in the landslide in Malad East. Those following me on Facebook would have seen the tremendous outreach to this community that was performed by members of our parish and Christians from all over the Archdiocese of Bombay.

We now turn our attention to our Christian brothers and sisters who patiently allowed us to reach out to others first. As part of project #HomesWithDignity we have begun the renovation of Manju’s house. In days to come we will update you on the progress of her home. But one is not fun, and so we have set aside a parish budget to repair and renovate 12 such homes before April 2020.

In January 2020 we begin the celebrations towards our golden jubilee in 2021 and as part of the preparations we wanted people live with a sense of dignity; to know they are loved and cared for. Poverty can never be a virtue though personally some of us may choose to live a life of poverty. Poverty is an evil and we must each make a difference to eradicate it.

This is NOT an appeal for financial help. This is just an attempt to warm the cockles of your heart to reach out to anyone today and make a difference .

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Fr Warner ÐSouza

 

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