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Dear Parishioners,

A brief word to say that you and all your loved ones are in my daily prayers especially when I celebrate Mass every morning.

I pray that The Lord will protect and keep you and all your loved ones safe during these very difficult and unprecedented times.

I was very inspired this week by the selfless example of Don Giuseppe Berardelli, the Parish Priest from the Diocese of Bergamo in Northern Italy who gave his respirator to a younger patient. Don Giuseppe’s parishioners had bought the respirator for their much loved Parish Priest but Don Giuseppe chose in a wonderful act of generosity to give it away.

The words of St. John’s Gospel come to mind, Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Father James Martin S.J. called Don Giuseppe a Martyr of Charity. Don Giuseppe had been a priest for 47 years when he died earlier this week at the age of 72. May Don Giuseppe rest in peace and rise in glory.

Perhaps we could ask the prayers of Don Giuseppe who I am sure is enjoying a very high place in Heaven to fill our hearts with love, light, strength and hope in these very worrying times. Once again please be assured of prayers in the week ahead.

God bless you and all your loved ones,

Father Desmond