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“Ar scáth a chéile” - A Message from the Chaplain.

Posted on Tuesday 14th February, 2017

We have a saying in the Irish language that goes like this: “Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.” The words can be translated into English as “It is in the shelter of each other that we live.”

The saying came to mind when I read the details of Bishop Robert’s Lenten Appeal 2017. It is in aid of a Budapest-based foundation which helps homeless families with children reintegrate into the workplace and society. The charity is called “Menedékház” which means “Shelter”. In a letter to Chaplaincies throughout the Diocese, Bishop Robert outlined the reasons for his choice of project:

"Last year my wife, Helen, was privileged to visit the Foundation. As she stood at the front door a family of six arrived who owned no more than a little cardboard suitcase. “Is this a prison?”, asked the 4-year old. Later in the day Helen came across the same family who had been admitted and were now crowded into a single bedroom, enjoying some hot soup provided by the project …

The Menedékház is housed in ageing Soviet-era military barracks. They provide minimal amenities and little privacy for the families served. It is a roof over the head – sometimes not much more – a place for families to catch their breath while parents seek employment and children try to continue their schooling during the crisis the family is facing. A significant proportion of clients are of Roma family background. The Menedékház has also from time to time provided shelter to refugees and migrants.”

The money raised from this year’s Lent Appeal will go specifically towards renovating the toilet facilities at the Menedékház which are in a very poor state of repair and offer scant privacy to the families using them. It is hoped to raise sufficient funds to provide individual cabins or cubicles for family groups to change, wash, and shower. You can learn more about the Menedékház and their services to the homeless at

Here at Saint Alban’s we will support Bishop Robert’s Lenten Appeal in two ways. Proceeds from the after-service coffee and cake sales during Lent will be given to the Appeal. In addition, the plate collection on the Fifth Sunday of Lent (2 April) will be given to this worthy cause. Please give as you feel able. After all, it is in when we care for, support and shelter each other that we come truly alive — “Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.” “It is in the shelter of each other that we live.”

Every blessing,


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