News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool
LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
- A LOOK BACK AT OUR COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE
Normandie Wragg - Chief Executive Nugent
It has been a busy few weeks here at Nugent, made all the better by the welcome arrival of better weather and lighter evenings.
As I recently noted to Nugent staff - as we emerge from a particularly challenging winter, impacted by the pandemic, there is hope-abound that the spring season will begin to lift spirits across our community.
Such hope has already led to a tremendously positive outcome for our annual Easter Egg Appeal. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, we have been able to distribute over 1800 Easter Eggs as well as countless sweets and other treats to deserving beneficiaries across the region.
It has been truly wonderful to see how much unadulterated joy and excitement we have been able to generate this Easter for those who would have otherwise gone without.
I must underline our collective thanks to the following individuals and groups who made this appeal such a ‘cracking’ success:
Peter Firth and members of St Joseph’s Blundellsands SVP Group; the Archdiocese of Liverpool Union of Catholic Mothers; Bellerive FCJ Catholic College; St Peter’s Catholic High School; Matthew Hurst, Knowsley Lift Services; Jess Little Cakes; Vitaflo and all the staff at Lloyds Banking Group’s Customer Contact Centre Hubs in Liverpool and Chester.
As a charity, our need for voluntary support and charitable donation is ever increasing. It is heartening and encouraging to see such a wide and diverse variety of supporters continue to support our vital work.
Reflection on Pentecost – A time to be charitable
By Anthony Hopkinson
Head of Fundraising and Income Generation at Nugent
Last year, during a special online service for Pentecost Sunday, His Holiness Pope Francis called on all Christians to seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in order that they might be bearers of Christ’s love, light and hope, in a world ‘experiencing a tragic famine of hope’.
The Pope also urged us all to turn away from the ‘selfish pursuit of success without caring for those left behind’ and to be united in facing the ‘pandemics of the virus and of hunger, war, contempt for life and indifference to others.’
Here at Nugent, we believe the Pope’s heartfelt message on Pentecost Sunday 2020 is as apt today as it was 12 months ago.
For many of us, the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions brings longed-for opportunities (even if at a social distance!) – we are all eager to see family members, resume contact with our friends, go on holiday, attend social functions, play sports and get back to work we value.
Whilst we have much reason to celebrate and rejoice, we must endeavour to remember those that needed our help well before the pandemic took hold of the world. We must also think about those that will still need our help long after COVID-19 runs its course.
Philippians 2:1-4 NIV
‘If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’
As Christians, we strive to be more Christ-like each day and the purpose of God sending us His Holy Spirit is to enable us, with His help, to be like Him. If you believe God is Love, as I do, then charity, faith, and spirituality are central to everything you do in both your vocational life and personal life. The most rewarding purpose is to serve others, whether business associates or persons in need.
This Pentecost I would like to encourage members of our Archdiocese to make either a financial donation (within your means) or a donation of your time to a charitable cause you believe in and continue to serve others as God intended.
If you would like to support Nugent then please may I encourage you to reach out to me and my team at [email protected]