Syria Lenten Appeal

1st March 2021

Syria Lenten Appeal

On Ash Wednesday evening, a group of about thirty, made up of parishioners of St Brigid’s Parish and students from the Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University, had a zoom meeting with Fr Fouad Nakhla SJ, now based in Damascus, Syria. You may recall that Fr Fouad spent some time with us early last year before lockdown.

During our meeting, someone asked if Covid-19 was a problem in Syria. Fr Fouad answered that, yes, it was a big problem, but there are many bigger, and more pressing problems, as a result not much attention was paid to Covid-19!

As he talked to us, we noticed that he was wearing his overcoat – he had no heat, and it was snowing outside! Yet, he is more fortunate than the thousands whose homes have been bombed and their lives shattered. Food has been reduced to bread and tea – and buying bread involves a three hour queue each day. Fr Fouad has said, “I feel that I can nearly hold the despair and hopelessness in my hands.”

Fr Fouad heads the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria. JRS supports centres in Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo, striving to provide very basic hygiene care, food, and education, for the many hundreds, of mostly street children, who come to the centres.

We are presently exploring various ways we can support Fr Fouad’s work, but immediately, we are organising an Easter Raffle to raise funds for him.

Prizes

Apple Macbook

Apple Watch

Colin Davidson Limited Edition Print

Fortnum & Mason ‘Grosvenor’ Hamper

Fortnum & Mason Wine Hamper

Luxury Cosmetics Hamper

Designer Ray Ban Sunglasses

Case of Wine (12 x Bottles)

£100 Amazon Voucher

£100 ASOS Voucher

Tickets are priced at £5 each and can be purchased here:

https://raffall.com/199669/enter-raffle-to-win-easter-fundraiser-for-jrs-syria-hosted-by-the-catholic-chaplaincy-at-queens-university-belfast

The Draw will take place on Good Friday, 2021. Please share with family and friends.

If you prefer to make a donation, St Brigid’s Third World Group has kindly agreed to facilitate this. You can make an electronic transfer to their bank account:

Sort Code: 90-22-07

Account Number: 68825172

(If you are a taxpayer and wish to gift aid your donation, please insert house number and post code in the Reference Box when making the payment.)

If you prefer to pay by cheque or cash please phone or text Kevin on 07525634440 or Rosalie on 07887708788 and they will arrange this with you.

We are confident of your support.

Fr Edward O’Donnell, PP

Fr Dominic McGrattan, Chaplain