Surely there were never so many threats and things to worry about. The responsibility of using our resources for caring for the poor and many forms of need is going to be sorely tested in coming months. The St Vincent de Paul society is our first and principal agent. The Society is now in need of many more members to cope. Of course this is only one of the many ways in which you are a caring parish. But experience shows us we cannot rely on politicians, on financiers on police or social workers to mend what is amiss in our damaged society. Our hope is in God. We have the gift of prayer. Recognise it. Make sure it is used and regularly done in every home.