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Feast of St Ignatius Feast – Special Bulletin 28 July

Walking with the Excluded’ is one of these that we embrace in our sister parish relationship with the Jesuit Mission in Railaco. We ‘walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation, justice and love’. We were welcomed with genuine affection everywhere. Most importantly, our presence strengthened the bonds of friendship between our two communities. This gave us tangible evidence of our common humanity and our equal dignity as children of a loving God. We are one. We are good neighbours. We are friends, who have love one for another.

Railaco 2019 Barbara

The students of NOSSEF, the Jesuits' Railaco secondary school of nearly 400, see the blessings that their education brings them and therefore they focus on their studies. Last year, all students passed the national exams and the school came 2nd in the country only to be pipped by the Jesuit-run school outside of Dili. Amazing achievement because these are children from poor villages who have experienced the brunt of their recent brutal history.

Juanita Railaco

The purpose of this trip was to visit the Mission, meet the people, and see first-hand the work that we have been supporting. And amongst many interesting questions, one that was raised and that I will attempt to address first is: As my religious affiliation is non-Catholic, why am I a donor to this Jesuit humanitarian project?

Mother-Love

The key observation I made during our visit to Fatu Besi was that the people have great need, but they are NOT needy. We can make friends with our neighbours in Timor Leste, we become equals. We are not the givers and they the takers. We can inspire each other as friends do, help each other as friends do, love each other as friends do.

Our Neighbours in Timor

The word neighbour derives from those near-by. When the neighbour is drawn into the exchange of kindnesses, our human-ness is enhanced by the enabling of goodness. This is what the relationship between St Canice Elizabeth Bay parish and the Jesuit Mission in Railaco is all about - simply being neighbourly, the mutual comfort each of us derive from having good neighbours.