May 15.  Fr Peter told the congregation, “Today is a special day:  the United Nations International Day of Families, with a focus on urbanization and migration.  I want to tell you about a family in our community.  The Mambus are a three generation migrant family. Mr and Mrs Mambu were fortunate that during a very troubled time they were able to leave the DRC with their younger daughter Lily, taking her with them especially for her safety and protection from any harm.  However, their older boys were left with their maternal grandparents who had decided to remain in their village. It was difficult for them being separated like that and safety was still everyone’s concern. They had all hoped that the conflict would end soon, so that they could be reunited. Imagine everyone’s delight when through the intervention of our parish Justice and Peace group the whole family has finally been able to be safe and happy together in their new home.  Let us welcome them warmly in our community on this special day for them too.     

Reflect, share and act. Scripture.  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:33-35. Pope Francis:   Forced migration of families resulting from situations of war, persecution, poverty and injustice and marked by the difficulties of a journey that puts lives at risk,traumatises people and destabilizes families. In accompanying migrants the Church needs a pastoral programme addressed to families that migrate but also to those members who remain behind.  Respect for their cultures, for the human and religious formation from which they come and the spiritual richness of their rites and traditions require special pastoral care. AL 46. Pray.  Mary, Caring mother of all families, pray for us.