This year is drawing to a close, and truly this has been a year like no other. We have all faced unimaginable challenges in a world that has become unrecognisable in so many ways. We have now begun to take the first tentative steps into establishing a new way of living safely, and around the world in towns and villages that have been ravaged by this deadly disease, our MSC’s are helping vulnerable families do the same.
As we planned our mission projects for 2020, we could never have dreamed that instead we would face such a struggle for survival. Each year we make every effort to run the MSC Mission Office as cost effectively as possible, with every donation we receive put to the best possible use. The progressively rising cost of necessities means that this becomes more of a challenge with every passing year and this year the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in a devastating hit to our fundraising abilities. Now more than ever, we are trying our best to do more with less..
Pope Francis recently reminded us, “To emerge from this crisis, we have to do so together; together and not alone.” I thank you with all my heart, for remaining united with us in faith and hope and for lending your support, which is quite literally a lifeline to many. I pray that you and your loved ones will have a peaceful Christmas and that the New Year will bring God’s grace in abundance.
Wishing you and yours a happy and holy Christmas,
Fr Michael O’Connell MSC