Mangaluru bishop urges Christians, parishes to help needy during 21-day lockdown


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Mar 25: Mangaluru bishop Dr Peter Paul Saldanha has issued directives to the Christians and parishes to extend assistance and comfort to the poor, lonely and suffering persons in their parishes after a 21-day lockdown was announced to contain coronavirus (COVID-19).

In his letter, the bishop said, “As Christians we are called to respond to the pandemic of the Coronavirus with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. We need to stay safe but at the same time keep spreading kindness through the spiritual and corporal acts of mercy.”


Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha

He further writes, “It is said that God can write straight on a crooked line. Every act of calamity and disaster becomes an opportunity to bring out the best in us, our humanity. Through this humanity, we express our spirituality. As a diocese, we need to extend our solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are severely affected by the pandemic of COVID-19 because of their poverty, old age, sickness, loneliness and various other factors.”

“Parishes are a part of the diocese, which is the local church. Through the parishes, we would be able to reach out to others more effectively and efficiently in planning and carrying out various initiatives to help the needy beyond all boundaries. I am pleased to note that some parishes have already taken up initiatives of service to the poor and the homebound. Members of parish pastoral councils and parish associations have been bringing groceries and essential commodities to the shut-ins, the poor and those who cannot travel to get them. It is my earnest prayers that we spread kindness and love in a productive viral way while combating against the destructive spread of COVID-19,” he wrote.

The bishop has directed every parish priest to plan and coordinate assistance programmes and initiatives in their parishes through the collaboration of parish councils, associations and people of good will. “Individuals and teams of like-minded people should reach out to see who are in need of what essential services and find out ways and means to satisfy those needs. If by taking into account the safety precautions, the volunteers, associations and the parish council members can supply to the basic needs of the poor and the needy, then there will not be a needy person in the community. We will show we are Christians by our love,” the bishop stressed in his letter.

He also directed parishes to start support groups through social media. “Look for the helpers in this worry filled time, they’re out there. Have a parish assistance team. Reach out to the neighbours. Communicate regularly with any needy and at-risk family, friends and neighbours to ensure they have groceries, medicines and essential chores done. Handling the vast majority of needs at the local level is obviously the most efficient response,” he advised.

 

  

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  • Ivan Saldanha, Mangalore.

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    It is indeed exemplary to note our religious leaders, wish people well and want to work out side the box..  Good they have also discontinued all rituals which are mostly religious and not really spiritual.  It is a point in time now, to initiate serious active support to govt and people at ground level, by using the vast resources at their command, which actually belong to the ordinary people. Let God's work through the holy hands now bring miracles to the deserving....Thank you.

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  • Ivan Saldanha, Mangalore.

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    It is indeed exemplary to note our religious leaders, wish people well and want to work out side the box..  Good they have also discontinued all rituals which are mostly religious and not really spiritual.  It is a point in time now, to initiate serious active support to govt and people at ground level, by using the vast resources at their command, which actually belong to the ordinary people. Let God's work through the holy hands now bring miracles to the deserving....Thank you.

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    Many countries have started giving help to the tune of even doubling the country's debt.
    We dont know what will the be fate of the present world with this virus, as the time goes.
    Finally may be, maybe, only a few might survive.
    It is better to distribute help if you can, specially if you have surplus at this moment of time.
    If not, moth will eat that., without any help to the needy.

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  • Praveen dsz, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    Atleast now its the tym to release from diocesean funds instead of asking from the already suffered ppl....wts the use of the diocesean funds whn its not released during difficult tyms of the ppl..

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  • M. DSouza, Mangalore/USA

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    Very good initiative by Rev, Dr. Saldanha. Please set up a fund to help everyone irrespective of religion.
    I am willing to contribute. Make a secure website so that people can contribute easily.
    People needs medicines/food . Mainly blood pressure and diabetes medications. Please do not hoard the medicines/groceries. Let everyone have little bit.
    There are many catering companies in Mangalore. As there are no functions, we can ask them to cook rice/dhal and distribute to needy especially daily wages laborers and those who are on the streets.
    Snehalaya has been doing marvellous job of feeding poor people who visit the Government hospital. If we support them financially they can prepare more food.
    In New York City Sikh community helped so many by distributing meals. Please coordinate with local Gurudwara and they will definetely help.
    Any facility which has capacity to prepare more food, like St Antony Ashram/Fr Mullers hospital can also help.
    I am willing to contribute. Please make a secured website.
    May God bless our land and our people.

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  • Stephen Quadros Permude, Permude/ Kaikamba

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Most Rev. Bishop Peter Paul
    Great Step forward
    we are with you
    Let Compassionate Christ touch us all.
    Together we will overcome this crisis
    Be with us Mary along the way- guide every step we take.

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  • James Fernandes, Barkur Chicago

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Ask what you can do for your own church\family.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Start from diocesan fund..

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  • Ina Carmelita D'Souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Thank you Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit move among us, guide us, lead us. May the power of the Holy Spirit live amoung us now this difficult times. We may do the best in us. Amen. Hallelujah amen!!!

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  • Vinod Wilfred TAuro, Madanthyar Dubai

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Very good move by our Bishop of Mangalore diocese Rev. Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha. 21days of lock down is too long and especially poor people working for daily wages will face a problems in this time. Indeed, it is time of giving especially during lent, people will generously help for this valid cause.

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  • Rita, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Let's think of contributing from our own instead of demanding from diocesan fund , priess, Proverbs 22:9

    The generous will themselves be blessed
        for they share their food with the poor.

    Proverbs 19:17

    "Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done."

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  • Felcy, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    At this hour of need let me think how much I can contribute to the needy, instead of demanding from the diocesan fund. Let us be postrive in our thinking...

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  • G Veer S, Nagpur

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    A very noteworthy outstanding gesture by the Bishop during this Lenten and lockdown times. Without mentioning to help only Christian community he called priests and religious to help every one irrespective of caste, creed and religion fearlessly.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Please release diocese fund for every churches.

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