We support several charities, both at parish and individual levels. Details of how we are doing this are given below. Please see our CAFOD webpage for further information.
On Tuesday 21st April 2020 we received news we had been dreading from our friends in Tereli and elsewhere in Mali, subsequently confirmed by France 24 News and on the Mali Interest Group webpage. Téréli, and another nearby village, Armani, were attacked by as many as 300 well-armed bandits who arrived on motorbikes to loot the villages and take the cattle. For three hours a few young people tried to hold them off with hunting rifles, while others hid in their houses or fled to the caves in the cliff overlooking Tereli. In the end the assailants made off with around 500 cattle, even taking the oxen used to cultivate with plough. Initially the villagers thought there had been no casualties, but the day after, the bodies of 12 young men were found and a further 6 are still missing.
The mayor of a nearby town was quoted as saying the attackers had been Fulani. Militant attacks in Mali often have an ethnic dimension. The pastoralist Fulani people are accused of being close to jihadists, a perception which has led to tit-for-tit massacres between them and traditional Dogon hunters, the ethnic group from whom most of the people of Tereli originate. The Malian state has been little in evidence and the appeals of local people for support fall on deaf ears. One of the largest bases of the Malian army is located in Sévaréonly 100 km away, but the army has made no effort to intervene or defend the villages from attack, and the situation remains unstable, with the armed bandits are still not far from Tereli.
With regard to COVID 19, the number of positive cases in Mali is increasing, though as yet there are still none that anyone is aware of in Tereli – though there has been no testing either. There is a fear of community contamination. Even in the capital Bamako there is little access to testing. In Zakari’s hospital he tells us they have masks, gloves and alcohol-based gel, but none of the full PPE available in the NHS. Nevertheless essential surgical procedures continue.
With your help, the BTFT will do everything we can to help the people of Tereli.
A Prayer from Burley for Tereli, written by the Reverend Mirella Moxon, Chair of the BTFT Trustee Board.
Heavenly Father, Our hearts are beating out a message of anguish and distress to you this day. We pound out our cry on behalf of all those who are captive to the evils of a deadly virus. We pound out our message for all those who are struggling for their lives and livelihoods because of climate change. We pound out our prayers for those who are now living in daily fear of banditry and terrorism.
Loving Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, hear the drum-beat of our hearts as we pray for help and healing, for justice and peace, for a cure for Covid 19, for an end to all forms of violence, brutality and banditry. Hear us as our hearts beat out a prayer for a worldwide response to climate change.
Heavenly Father, We are your Easter people, full of resurrection hope. Hope for renewal and the restoration of faith and love. We declare that through the death and resurrection of Your Son nothing, not even death, can separate us from your love. Truly death has lost its sting.
By the power of Your Holy Spirit, be with our loved ones, be with our friends in Tereli and The Dogon Region of Mali, West Africa, terrorised as they are by ruthless bandits and the fear of Covid 19.
Give them resourcefulness as they struggle to survive in one of the harshest environments on earth now beset by climate change. Give them the strength and courage they need to deal with the evils they presently face from violent attack and a deadly virus.
Loving God, listen to the pounding drum-beat message of our hearts and in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.
In Jesus’ name we pray
We have received this message of hope from Bethany Barry, MM’s regional manager in Leeds:
“I hope you and your parishioners are keeping well. This is usually a time where we at Mary’s Meals would be reaching out to you to ask if we can share our story with your parishioners but, due to the coronavirus, we know that will not be possible. Until we can be together again, our founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, has recorded a special message for your parishioners. You can find his message, filmed outside the shed in Argyll where it all began for Mary’s Meals, here. Also you can see the moving films, Child 31 and Generation Hope. A children’s activity pack, based on the story of Mary’s Meals, is also available to download here.
“Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we look forward to meeting you again soon. If you would like to register interest in hosting a talk from one of our volunteers when it is safe to do so, please get in touch 😊 May the Lord bless and keep you,
- – Maternity services and facilities
- – Wells providing clean drinking water – essential for health
- – Building and equipping a secondary school
- – Emergency famine relief in times of drought
- – Building and equipping a new Dispensary
- – Environmental projects: measures to prevent soil erosion, planting trees, planting grasses to hold back encroaching desert
- – Supporting a fully qualified medical doctor now working in the capital Bamako
On 14th July 2019 Team BTFT took part in the Ilkley Half Marathon to raise money for much needed palliative care for cancer – in Bamako, Mali, West Africa. An amazing £7,900 was raised.
Catholic Care’s care and concern for the disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised in society springs from the social teachings of the Catholic Church. It delivers a wide range of services within the Diocese of Leeds, see Catholic Care for further details. Its mission says ‘In everything we do, we strive to show how the teachings of Christian love, charity and justice can shape the way we live together. We aim to achieve this by taking the caring church into the community and offering practical services and support for anyone who is disadvantaged, vulnerable or marginalised, regardless of their faith.’
Bishop Marcus’ March 2017 pastoral letter summarises Catholic Care’s work, see Pastoral letter -Catholic Care
All Catholic Care’s films can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRQVews00CP390BVmPGhyUQ
The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/catholiccareleeds
Mary’s Meals vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.
In September 2017 the parish, family and friends sponsored Keith running for Mary’s Meals in the Great North Run. We raised £205 in our cake sale and over £1,000 from parish and online donations. Many thanks!
Once again fantastic support from the parish, families and friends for Brendan, Chris and Keith, raising over £2,600. We ran for Mary’s Meals in the May 2018 Leeds half marathon.
In summer 2017 we collected teaspoons and hand towels that were included in over 115 backpacks for children in Malawi. See the letter of thanks from Mary’s Meals and photos of the backpacks being collected and being transported for delivery. backpackthanksfromMM
At Easter 2018 the total number of backpacks sent to Malawi and also to Liberia was over 300.
Krzysia and June loading the backpacks.
ANNE JUDGE – REFLECTIONS 20th February 1928 – 19th March 2020 Anne was born on the 20th February 1928 in Granard, County Longford in the Republic of Ireland and after a lifetime of loving service, this smiling and gracious servant of God, returned peacefully to the Lord on 19th March 2020. She was the last […]
Parish Family Events
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Sacrament of Reconciliation 2019
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Christmas vigil mass for children
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Special mass for altar servers
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Parish family walk 2019
A very happy and chatty bunch gathered after the ‘Back to School’ 11am Mass for a picnic in the Parish Hall. Next a short walk led by Martin, was enjoyed by all from 2 years old to where “80 years young” has been celebrated!! As the walkers ran back across the car park the heavens opened! […]