World Day of the Poor on the 17th November was celebrated at St John the Baptist parish in Burnley with Bishop John Arnold. A signed Mass with a signing choir ensured no one was left out and everyone was included in a rich liturgy full of symbolism and energy. The World Day of the Poor was initiated by Pope Francis to support his special mission to address poverty – not just material poverty but the spiritual poverty that prevents dialogue and reaching out to people in need. The Mass and celebration gave the opportunity for Mark Wiggin, Director of Caritas, to thank volunteers Paula Campbell, Maria Buckley and Eileen Hosie for their service to the Deaf community over the years. All three are recent graduates of the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies course. In addition to their role as catechists as part of the Pastoral team they are all engaged in the social outreach action to support the Deaf community. It is hoped that the event will be repeated in Burnley next year as the Caritas Deaf Service will celebrate 40 years of continuous service in Burnley and the Fellowship will celebrate its 60th birthday. A pie and pea lunch and a raffle rounded off what was a very meaningful day.
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