Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Pontifical Foundation working throughout the world to support the suffering Church. Each year ACN Benefactors offer prayer and funding for roughly 5,000 projects in around 140 countries. Much of their work in recent years has centred on the Middle East, where some of the world’s oldest Christian communities have daily suffered the indignity of extreme religious persecution, institutionalised discrimination, injury and death as the result of armed conflict and burgeoning homelessness, poverty and lack of access to basic human necessities.
With their help, ACN Project Partners are working throughout the region to bring hope to the Faithful.
In IRAQ (the original desert home of the Patriach Abraham) Pope Francis is visiting 5th-8th March. ACN supports the Sisters and Priests who care for the Christians driven out of the Nineveh Plains by ISIS. Many have now returned to their homes and villages, where they are able once again to celebrate the Hope of Christ this Lent and Easter.
In SYRIA Sister Annie Demerjian Provides emergency relief in Aleppo, and emotional support and even winter coats to thousands of Syrian Christians who have been caught up in armed conflict and who have lost loved ones, homes and bright futures at the hands of religious extremists. Others like Sister Annie work throughout Syria to heal the physical, emotional and spiritual wounds of the Christian communities.
In LEBANON one in every four people is now a refugee from elsewhere in the Middle East. Native Lebanese Christians struggle to make ends meet in the face of a crippling financial crisis and the aftermath of the explosion last summer in Beirut. Thousands of Christian refugees, mainly from Syria, arrived in Lebanon with nothing, desperately searching for a safe place to shelter from war and religious persecution. The Church, supported by ACN benefactors, provides food, rent relief, pastoral support and medical aid every day to those most in need.
This Lent we join with Aid to the Church in Need to work together to help our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Please pray for all those suffering oppression or persecution, those who have been forced to flee their homes and those who find themselves without friends or support this Lent. Please remember especially the Christian communities in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
Together, through prayer and charitable giving, we can bring hope for a brighter future in the Light of Christ to those who truly need our help.
HOW TO GIVE TO OUR LENTEN CHARITY
The Retiring Second Collection each Sunday during Lent is for our Lenten Charity Project. Also the wall safe (above the free literature table, and beneath the small window on the back wall of the Church) is dedicated for this purpose during Lent.
Donations can also be made by bank tranfer to the Parish bank account or by credit of debit card. CLICK HERE to be taken to our donations page where you will find instructions on how to donate.
VIRTUAL LENT SUNDAY LUNCH
You are invited to join ACN Benefactors and Parishes all across the UK for a virtual Sunday Lunch, on 21st March 2021, 1pm, in aid of the St John the Merciful Table, a fantastic initiative that serves daily meals to over 1,500 struggling Christians in Lebanon.
All you need to attend this event is an internet connection and a device on which you can access YouTube. You’ll enjoy a full line-up of prayer, videos, music and more! See you there! For information visit: https://acnuk.org/event/acn-virtual-sunday-lunch/