The next Mission Trip to Kingston, Jamaica is set for February 13-20, 2017. Mark your calendars now to spend time working with the poor with the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) founded by Father Richard Ho Lung. This spiritual experience combines the power of prayer and reflection with service to the poorest of the poor.
The next information meeting will be on Wednesday, December 7, 7pm in the Library. Questions firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kitty Moots 770-734-9670.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or phone Kitty Moots at 770-734-9670.
Financial donations and many suit cases filled with the gifts of personal hygiene, clothing and medical supplies each year represent the generosity of All Saints parishioners and support the work of Fr. Richard Ho Lung and about 200 members of MOP who work in the slums of Kingston.
This is truly been a parish wide effort and the Missionaries of the Poor are very grateful for our support. The Knights of Columbus, various Women’s Guild Circles, and Men’s Club have all worked to help this parish outreach for many years. The Preschool at All Saints has for several years chosen the Mission Trip for their Catholic Schools Week Service Project.
Beyond the donations of money, food, clothing and medical supplies, perhaps the most important are the women and men who volunteer each year to make this spiritual and service journey. Each commits to sharing their love, joy and presence – the gift of being open, sharing and available for whatever task the MOP Brothers asked of us.
In six separate facilities, the Missionaries of the Poor work with mentally and physically handicapped men, women, children and infants. Some were picked up off the streets of Jamaica, some are abandoned by their families, others are referred by hospitals and families who found it impossible to provide continuing care.
Regardless of how they arrived, all are treated as a reflection of Christ Himself. Every day the Brothers remind us that as we perform our simple tasks--cleaning, feeding and clothing the residents--to find in each person God’s love in a Christ crucified – “and your reward will be that Christ’s love will be reflected back to you and in you.”
And how do these residents reflect God’s love back to us? In their heartfelt embrace as we enter their residences each morning. In the appreciation for feeding those who are blind, clothing those who are crippled, cleaning the floor of their dormitory, changing their soiled bed linens and bandaging their wounds.
But most of all it is the joy we share in being servants to their needs and experiencing their joy and their love for us and one another. It is in seeing that even in the most difficult circumstance, God’s love is present in each caring touch, and each loving embrace and each simple “thank you.”
As Fr. Ho Lung has written in song: “I did not know that the poor, the blind and the beggar could bring such happiness.”
This message of Christ’s love for the poorest of the poor is both spiritual and effective. Through the efforts of Fr. Ho Lung and others, the Jamaican Parliament defeated proposed legislation to legalize abortion. However, this victory has stalled, but not ended, the legislative attempt to legalize killing the unborn.
We were there to seen the steel beams that formed the roof of Holy Innocents – a home for expectant mothers and their unborn babies – as they were being fabricated. WE were there to see the facility open and providing shelter and care to expectant mothers who chose to give birth to their children. If the newborn do not remain with their mother, MOP will provide adoption services.
And so the value of the gifts we received are always far greater than those we give – for it is to see anew the reflection of Christ in everyone – whether we meet them in Jamaica or Atlanta, whether across the business desk or the breakfast table, whether at home, work or in our parish community.
Please give prayerful consideration to joining our next Mission Trip in February. Information meetings are held in November and December. Please check the bulletin for meeting dates and times. We look forward to having you share in this unique spiritual and service experience that will change your life forever!
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Kitty Moots at 770-734-9670.