Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

Here in Ruther­glen as we pre­pare to cel­e­brate Christ­mas and New Year, it has been a chal­leng­ing time for many peo­ple as they try to pro­vide food and shel­ter for their fam­i­lies.

What re­ally en­cour­ages us is the re­sponse that so many peo­ple have made to this dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion for many of our brothers and sis­ters. We have wit­nessed gen­eros­ity on a heroic scale from so many peo­ple, who have given their time and ma­te­rial support in sol­i­dar­ity with those in need.

CAPIR have lent their support to the es­tab­lish­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion of our com­mu­nity food bank.

There is a great sen­si­tiv­ity dis­played by the helpers shown to those who re­quest help and in­for­ma­tion. When we are in need, it’s dif­fi­cult to re­quest help and that help is given in such a pro­fes­sional way.

Many of our fam­i­lies in th­ese dif­fi­cult times find them­selves in a sit­u­a­tion that they have never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. That those in­volved in help­ing ex­er­cise their role in such a sen­si­tive and pro­fes­sional way is a trib­ute to them all.

This sol­i­dar­ity dis­played by so many peo­ple here in Ruther­glen demon­strates a core val­ues that we all share. That is a real sense of com­mu­nity and con­cern when peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­culty.

We have been very aware dur­ing the past year of those from the com­mu­nity who were lost and in­jured in the great wars, es­pe­cially in the first Great War. Dur­ing those dark days many fam­i­lies sent their loved ones to de­fend their coun­try and their way of life. The town abounds with sto­ries of men and woman stand­ing side by side 100 years ago. This thread of sol­i­dar­ity has been trans­mit­ted through the gen­er­a­tions down to our own day.

So many churches and or­gan­i­sa­tions which form the fab­ric of the Ruther­glen com­mu­nity have be­come part of this re­sponse and have lent their prac­ti­cal support.

We are happy as well to be part of or­gan­is­ing the Christ­mas party for the needy peo­ple of our town that we host on Fri­day De­cem­ber 12 a fur­ther in­di­ca­tion of our will­ing­ness to unite in sup­port­ing those in need. We also look for­ward to our party in the New Year spon­sored by the Mor­ti­fied So­ci­ety.

Here in St Colum­bkille’s we were also re­minded of the spirit of gen­eros­ity this week when we wel­comed home for a visit Fr John Sweeney a son of this great town. Fr John and his brother Fr Martin were mis­sion­ar­ies for many years in Africa. Their sis­ter Roma was also a health vis­i­tor here in the Royal Burgh. Their ex­am­ple of self­less giv­ing to those in need should be in­spi­ra­tion to us all.

To all peo­ple of good will in our great town may we ex­tend a heart­felt wish that we con­tinue in our ef­forts to live in peace and in har­mony with all our brothers and sis­ters and con­tinue to have a spe­cial care for those in need.

May I wish ev­ery­one a happy and peace­ful Christ­mas and a good New Year. Fa­ther Pat Hen­nessy, St Colum­bkille’s.

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