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Fr. John Skinnader:
Hi Everyone, Greetings once again from Rumbek, South Sudan where we are enjoying beautiful heat of more than 35 degrees most days !!! Certainly better than the winter chills !! At this time here we are preparing for our annual Youth Congress  where young people from around the Diocese come together  for 3 days to celebrate together and prepare for Christmas. Some parishes are not able to send youth as there is still too much insecurity on the roads for them to travel but for those who do come - it is an opportunity to prepare spiritually for Christmas and also have dramas, sports and cultural events to entertain them. This year 1000 young people will gather here in Rumbek for the youth congress. Today I will drink tea: This was the response from Abraham – who is confined to a wheelchair (see photo attached) – when he was told that the parish were distributing food last week.  Ordinary food items have become so expensive that people cannot even afford to have sugar in their tea – so when Abraham heard that we would be distributing sugar as well as maize flour, beans and cooking oil – to the most vulnerable people in the community - he knew that he would have sugar to make tea. Here, people find it very difficult to take tea without sugar !! They would struggle on Lough Derg !!! In all – 180 vulnerable people got food items. The Killing of Fr. Victor: We were all very saddened and shocked by the death of one of our Jesuit colleagues working here in  Rumbek. He was a Kenyan Jesuit who had studied in Ireland and done his PHD in London on Education. He was the Principal of our Teacher Training College in the Diocese. An armed gang had come to rob his place and he challenged them and they shot him dead. He was a wonderfull human being with a big hearty laugh. He is sadly missed by all of us. RIP. New Solar Water Pump: On a happier note we were very happy to get our solar water system up and running and to have running water in the house. As well as having water in the house, we have water now to make a vegetables garden and to supply water to the school children who are adjacent to our new parish house. It is indeed a happy Christmas present for all of us here. All of the above good things would not have been possible without the generous support that we continue to receive from you all for the work of evangelisation in South Sudan. It is indeed a great blessing to have such great support and I thank you most sincerely for it. May the Good Lord enrich your lives with his strength and Peace at this festive time of Christmas. Have a blessed Christmas.   John Hi Everyone, Greetings once again from South Sudan. I am happy to say that I have arrived safely back to Rumbek and had a great reception from the people here. I am the only European in Rumbek at present, so my presence here is a sign that the outside world and the Universal Church has not forgotten the people of South Sudan. That is one of the reasons that they are so happy to see me back among them. As one of the local South Sudanese bishops said recently - "When the missionaries leave - the people loose heart". So,   I am very happy and content to be back in the parish here. We have moved into our new renovated house which is without water or light yet but over the next few weeks we will get it sorted out. The house we have renovated was built by the British in 1948 at a time that they built a secondary school in Rumbek . It was built as a chaplaincy house for the priests to look after the students in the secondary school but no priests have ever lived in it up to now. It was used by government officials for offices etc. Now, the government here have handed it back to the Catholic Church and myself and Fr. Nolasco from Tanzania are here to open a new parish also. Interestingly enough, the first teachers in the secondary school in the 1950's were nearly all from Northern Ireland -so the link continues somewhat. Our cook is from Uganda. She was telling us that when she gave birth to her first child, her and her husband were very happy. When she gave birth again, she had twins and at the 3rd birth - she had triplets !! The husband ran away as he thought she was a witch !!! That was 14 years ago and has not come back since. Such is life on the African continent. As I said, I am very happy to be back in South Sudan and will post more updates later.       Blessings. John
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Fr. John Skinnader:
Hi Everyone, Greetings once again from Rumbek, South Sudan where we are enjoying beautiful heat of more than 35 degrees most days !!! Certainly better than the winter chills !! At this time here we are preparing for our annual Youth Congress  where young people from around the Diocese come together  for 3 days to celebrate together and prepare for Christmas. Some parishes are not able to send youth as there is still too much insecurity on the roads for them to travel but for those who do come - it is an opportunity to prepare spiritually for Christmas and also have dramas, sports and cultural events to entertain them. This year 1000 young people will gather here in Rumbek for the youth congress. Today I will drink tea: This was the response from Abraham – who is confined to a wheelchair (see photo attached) – when he was told that the parish were distributing food last week.  Ordinary food items have become so expensive that people cannot even afford to have sugar in their tea – so when Abraham heard that we would be distributing sugar as well as maize flour, beans and cooking oil – to the most vulnerable people in the community - he knew that he would have sugar to make tea. Here, people find it very difficult to take tea without sugar !! They would struggle on Lough Derg !!! In all – 180 vulnerable people got food items. The Killing of Fr. Victor: We were all very saddened and shocked by the death of one of our Jesuit colleagues working here in  Rumbek. He was a Kenyan Jesuit who had studied in Ireland and done his PHD in London on Education. He was the Principal of our Teacher Training College in the Diocese. An armed gang had come to rob his place and he challenged them and they shot him dead. He was a wonderfull human being with a big hearty laugh. He is sadly missed by all of us. RIP. New Solar Water Pump: On a happier note we were very happy to get our solar water system up and running and to have running water in the house. As well as having water in the house, we have water now to make a vegetables garden and to supply water to the school children who are adjacent to our new parish house. It is indeed a happy Christmas present for all of us here. All of the above good things would not have been possible without the generous support that we continue to receive from you all for the work of evangelisation in South Sudan. It is indeed a great blessing to have such great support and I thank you most sincerely for it. May the Good Lord enrich your lives with his strength and Peace at this festive time of Christmas. Have a blessed Christmas.   John Hi Everyone, Greetings once again from South Sudan. I am happy to say that I have arrived safely back to Rumbek and had a great reception from the people here. I am the only European in Rumbek at present, so my presence here is a sign that the outside world and the Universal Church has not forgotten the people of South Sudan. That is one of the reasons that they are so happy to see me back among them. As one of the local South Sudanese bishops said recently - "When the missionaries leave - the people loose heart". So,   I am very happy and content to be back in the parish here. We have moved into our new renovated house which is without water or light yet but over the next few weeks we will get it sorted out. The house we have renovated was built by the British in 1948 at a time that they built a secondary school in Rumbek . It was built as a chaplaincy house for the priests to look after the students in the secondary school but no priests have ever lived in it up to now. It was used by government officials for offices etc. Now, the government here have handed it back to the Catholic Church and myself and Fr. Nolasco from Tanzania are here to open a new parish also. Interestingly enough, the first teachers in the secondary school in the 1950's were nearly all from Northern Ireland -so the link continues somewhat. Our cook is from Uganda. She was telling us that when she gave birth to her first child, her and her husband were very happy. When she gave birth again, she had twins and at the 3rd birth - she had triplets !! The husband ran away as he thought she was a witch !!! That was 14 years ago and has not come back since. Such is life on the African continent. As I said, I am very happy to be back in South Sudan and will post more updates later.       Blessings. John
Fr John Skinnadar’s Table Quiz There will a table quiz held in St.Mellans Complex on Saturday evening the 29th of December for Fr.John Skinnadar and his on going work in South Sudan, your quiz master on the night will be Noel Treanor, Noel was quiz master for the “Clan Treanor” quiz several weeks past and served up a rather dishy quiz so expect the same again!, we are hoping for a big crowd from the parish and wider community to come and support this, as this is being held in the festival break we don’t want to ask anyone to work in the kitchen so are asking anyone that is organising a table to possible bring down a plate of sandwiches (wonder what the filling will be?) and we will distribute on the night or bring and type of nibbles you like, the usual rules apply 4 per table and 10 euro per head, the quiz will start @ 8pm sharp so ask people to start gathering around 7:30 as to get tables sorted, raffle on the night also with some nice spot prizes available, hope to see you there SATURDAY THE 29TH @ 8, get the word out  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!., any donations on the night also excepted.
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