Birmingham

Birmingham CommunityThe community of the month is composed of five sisters: Anne, Mairéad, Pat, Vivienne and Patricia. We live and serve in Birmingham.   We are engaged in a number of ministries. In Acocks Green, where four of us live, one of the sisters Anne, is involved in the local parish with the Legion of Mary, the weekly prayer group and in voluntary support of the local hospice. She also supports Mother’s Prayers.  We give a listening ear to neighbours and support local community projects. Mairead is particularly concerned with persons bereaved through loss of a loved one because of age, illness, accident or suicide. Another sister, Pat, continues to be involved with supporting families who are affected by the trafficking of their children within the UK.  Her work is carried out as a volunteer with Parents Against Child sexual Exploitation (PACE) formerly known as CROP.  Pat also works with RESTORE as a befriender to a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  She continues to campaign and raise awareness of the plight of those caught up in trafficking for the sex trade with TRAC an independent, inter-congregational group of sisters based at Chigwell, Essex.  Safeguarding is an essential part of the life and work of the Church and Pat is the Province representative with the Safeguarding Commission based in the Birmingham Archdiocese. Patricia, the fourth sister living in Acocks Green, is the RC chaplain at a local prison. Vivienne assists the priest by leading services of the Word and Communion and bringing Communion to the sick and elderly in her parish in Digbeth.  She also guides an adult faith formation group in her parish and is presently instructing some children and adults in preparation for baptism.  She holds a weekly scripture-and-prayer meeting for some of the elderly residents in Father Joe Taaffe House. We meet at regular intervals, to pray, share a meal and have a good chat about ourselves and our interests.