From our pastor Father Neil Herlihy
This Sunday, we also focus on the work of the Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) as we reflect on the fundamental dignity of the human person and hope to see that dignity reflected in all God’s children. As previously noted, Mustard Seed was founded by Msgr. Gregory Ramkissoon, a Catholic priest in Jamaica. MSC started in Jamaica and expanded to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Zimbabwe. It cares for several hundred children with special physical and mental health needs, many of whom have been abandoned. It employs trained social workers and specialists who provide great care and compassion for children with special needs.
Pope Francis stated, “We need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished, and protected.” Mustard Seed strives to love and protect the most vulnerable of the children entrusted to its care. It strives to focus on these children as gifts from God. MSC also manages a number of community outreach programs to combat poverty and provide educational opportunities to local populations.
Saint Brigid Parish supports MSC primarily through its spiritual and financial assistance.f Our parishioners also participate in mission trips to assist in the construction of appropriate housing for the children in need. fSome of our parishioners have also adopted children from the various communities of Mustard Seed. Saint Brigid parishioners involved in the work of the Mustard Seed Communities will be available after the Masses this weekend to answer questions about the Community and the work it does. fWe are asked to do our part to assist our brothers and sisters in need as we continue and persevere on our journey of faith.