SCOTLAND: Mass for Aid to the Church in Need founder
By John Newton
29 October 2010
Aid to the Church in Need will remember the life and work of Father Werenfried van Straaten, who founded the charity in 1947, with a memorial Mass in Scotland in November.
Bishop Joseph Toal of Argyll and The Isles will be chief celebrant at the Mass at St Bride’s Church, Cambuslang, near Glasgow, at 7.30pm on Monday, 29th November.
Aid to the Church in Need Scottish Secretary Doctor John Watts, who is coordinating the event, said the memorial Mass was a key event in the calendar, adding: “We look forward to seeing many of our old friends from around the country – some of whom have been loyal supporters for many years – on a night which very properly stresses the spiritual nature of Aid to the Church in Need.”
Father Werenfried, a Dutch Norbertine, founded what became Aid to the Church in Need in 1947.
Initially supporting Germans displaced after the Second World War, the so-called Bacon Priest went on to help the persecuted Church behind the Iron Curtain in Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe.
Over time, and at the request of several Popes, Aid to the Church in Need also became active in Latin America, Asia and Africa – and now the charity supports more than 5,000 projects in about 140 countries.
Aid to the Church in Need’s work includes Mass stipends for poor and persecuted priests, construction of churches, Child’s Bibles, aid for Christian refugees, training for seminarians, Sisters and catechists, and media projects.
On his death aged 90 in January 2003, Father Werenfried was named an ‘outstanding apostle of charity' by Pope John Paul II.
This will be the eighth annual memorial Mass for Father Werenfried to be held at St Bride’s in Greenlees Road, Cambuslang.
The service will be followed by light refreshments.