“We appreciate and value you all for staying with us!” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin tells all those who help Crosscare, his diocesan social services charity.
Decisive action is urgently needed to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable homeless families and children, Minister for Housing is told.
"Spare a thought and prayer for our brothers and sisters overseas who are scrambling desperately to survive in the face of so much relentless adversity," says WMI director Fr Michael O'Sullivan.
“A massive thanks to Masks 4 All Ireland for supplying free washable masks for our front line Crosscare staff. They are great designs and great quality!” said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.
“I am extremely proud of the way the team in Crosscare have responded to the crisis,” said Conor Hickey, director of Crosscare.
"The people of the diocese have been very generous over these years in supporting Share even at moments of serious economic difficulties. I thank you for that generosity and I encourage you to continue in the support given to Share," says Archbishop Martin
‘Coming Home In Crisis' shows how emigrants returning to Ireland in unplanned or crisis situations are more likely to end up homeless and experience significant challenges accessing housing, financial and health supports.
The guide was published by the social services arm of the Dublin Archdiocese and looks at a range of options for those awaiting their exam results.
“It is no longer financially sustainable or prudent for the diocese to retain a property of this size and scale, which is no longer fit for its purposes”.
“Unfortunately a rising tide does not lift all boats! Many of the issues people have when accessing the food bank are not being addressed with the improving economy” - Michael McDonagh.
In Dublin, parishes are asked to mark World Day of the Poor by organising support for the Crosscare Parish Food Appeal, which takes place in two weeks' time
With the help of volunteers and several homeless charities the Capuchin Day Centre stayed open for the duration of the storm and offered extra 120 beds for rough sleepers.
“You’ve got those who are sleeping on the streets and it is disgraceful. You’ve got families living in hotel rooms which is a shame on our city” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
During 2016, Crosscare, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin, provided 127,750 bed nights to over 1,600 people in six residences for people experiencing homelessness in the capital.
The Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia only recently arrived in Limerick from Nashville Tennessee. At St Saviour’s they will speak about the 800-year-old Dominican Order, its foundation, and how it has been shaped by prayer.
Care for others requires more than policy and funding: it requires a true sense of community. The fight against poverty and exclusion must involve all of us - Archbishop Martin.
The social aspects of the GAA club are of “particular benefit to recent Irish emigrants, contributing to a sense of belonging and promoting well-being when far away from friends and family”.