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    The intent of the St Mel Parish Life, Justice and Peace Council is to bring about awareness of
    issues involving the legal and social fabric by which we live and are governed a fully informed
    people a sense of civility and responsibility in our community.
    We are a group of 7 parishioners  who meets once a month with Father Dave to discuss, coordinate and oversee several programs designed to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Christ.  Please check our programs by clicking on the right hand side list.
     They work because of YOUR help! Please consider how you can help and give a bit of your time.  Thank you!
    Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop 
    of Washington thanks Muslim scholars for the 
    DECLARATION OF MARRAKESH a call for the protection and rights of minorities in Muslim countries. He acknowledges the considerable courage of these scholars of 120 Sunni and Shiite countries in addressing the plight of non-Muslims. 2-5-16  
    http ://al-bushra.org/?p=4930                                                                                







    Keeping the spirit of the Gospel means that Catholic institutions are to bear witness in love to the full truth about the human person by providing social, charitable, and educational services in a manner that fully reflects the God-given dignity of the human person." 
    From Archbishop William E. Lori 
    Like St Martin of Tours, let's try to show charity and compassion
    to our neighbors in need.
    While Martin was a soldier in the Roman army and deployed in Gaul (modern day France), he approached the gates of the city of Amiens
    where he met a scantily clad beggar. He impulsively cut his military
    cloak in half to share with the man. That night, Martin dreamed of
    Jesus wearing the half cloak he had given away.  He heard Jesus say
    to the angels: "Martin, who is still a catechumen, clothed me with this robe."The part kept by himself became the famous relic preserved in
    the oratory of the Merovingien kings of the Franks at the Marmoutier Abbey near Tours.  
     "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you,
      to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of
      Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.''