Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday June 30th. 2013
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who set up Mary’s Meals in 2002, was invited to Rome after Pope Francis heard about his wonderful work with children all over the world. He said: "It was a huge privilege and blessing to meet the Holy Father today and represent everyone involved in the mission of Mary's Meals. I presented Pope Francis with the blue Mary's Meals mug and let him know we are now reaching over three quarters of a million children every school day – many of them having escaped the rubbish dumps where they used to scavenge for their next meal, or the fields where they worked. He gave us a blessing, which we were very grateful for." Pope Francis has made championing the poor a key pillar of his papacy: "Poverty in the world is a scandal where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone; it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children and without an education.”
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow meets Pope Francis Our parish has contributed many thousands of pounds to Mary’s Meals
Dr Peter Sidgwick, a member of the Royal College of Paediatricians Just recently, after thee years hard study at Cardiff university, while still continuing his work as a paediatrician doctor at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, Peter was awarded the coveted membership of the Royal College of Paediatricians, and we offer him our sincere congratulations on his success. With this membership  added to his other medical qualifications, he is now highly skilled in paediatrics dealing with infants, children and adolescents,
and also neonatal intensive care with mothers in the fifth month of their pregnancy.  This membership will also allow Peter more opportunities for promotion in his career in medicine. It is not surprising that Peter chose paediatrics as his favoured vocation as a doctor, for in his early days as a student at Oxford university, where he gained  first class honours in geography, he devoted so much of his time to the orphan children in Romania. What free time he had as a student was spent raising funds to help acquire two orphanages in Romania and give a home to over forty children who would be assured of love, food and warmth.  He was so distressed at the awful conditions in which the children were living with the lack of even very basic faculties, that he was determined to improve their condition. Despite the demanding financial arrangements which the Romanian government suddenly imposed on him, and made things more difficult, he succeeded in raising the money and opened two orphanages, complete with house mothers, and a vehicle to go to the nearest markets to acquire food as cheaply as possible to feed the children.  All this occurred during his period of study at Oxford from 1997 to 2003. When he was home for a short break, he gave a very moving talk in the Roy Bridge Hall about his work, and as a result of this the primary school children adopted a disabled girl, Anna Maria, and gathered money over the years to support her. The running of the orphanages was later taken over for a short time by the White Cross organisation, but are now the responsibility of the Romanian government. As a result of his involvement with the children, Peter decided that he could help children more by becoming a doctor.  He spent the next five years studying medicine at Glasgow university, and was delighted when he was appointed to the staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  In the meantime, he found time to accompany his father, who was on the second stage of his pilgrimage to St. James of Compostella in northern Spain, and while on the way he met another pilgrim, Aimée, who is an artist, and invited her to join them. By the time they reached Compostella, Peter knew she was the one he wanted to be his wife!   They were married at Cille Choirill  and are now blessed with two fine sons, Jago (in honour of St. James) and Dougal.  We wish Dr Peter every success for the future, and may God continue to bless  their lovely family.
Aimée and Peter with Dougal and Jago