Father Martin presided at the Parish Mass and Father Mervyn read the Gospel, preached and concelebrated. Ann led our Intercessions. In his sermon Father Mervyn drew attention to the fact that the Holy Family were refugees seeking safety in Egypt. The fact was that they stayed in a part of Egypt which the Coptic Church describes as a slum. It should makes us very sympathetic to the plight of those who are refugees today. Only today, the Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage had reminded us that to take in refugees was not the same as having open borders to the UK. He had suggested that we should take 500 initially. We should keep refugees in our prayers always reminding ourselves that the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and the Infant Jesus were themselves, for a number of years refugees.
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