Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey thanks all those who every year, in appreciation for his broadcasting daily Masses, donate contributions towards this valued apostolate. This year however, a particularly difficult year financially for many people, he respectfully asks that such donations be given toward his other apostolate addressing homelessness, Cherubs Kitchen.
Founded by His Grace in 2013, Cherubs Kitchen has sought to address the issues of homelessness by seeking to facilitate change in the circumstances of affected people’s lives. Rather than just fundraising or supporting people in homelessness, Cherubs Kitchen provides the support, skills and experience necessary for people to move out of poverty and provide for themselves. Offering NVQ apprenticeships and work rehabilitation/placement schemes, people who for various reasons have become homeless or enduring hardship, are offered the opportunity to train or retrain and find entry into work. Cherubs Kitchen does this by operating commercial yet “not-for-profit” catering franchises where professional standards are paramount but where people returning or new to such work can learn and train in a supportive environment. Apprentices armed with experience from Cherubs Kitchen have gone on to work in or even manage other commercial kitchens themselves, taking with them skills and knowledge having gained recognised professional qualifications.
However, the past year has been particularly difficult for Cherubs Kitchen with rising costs and rents as well as a drop in sales as the financial recession continues to tighten its grip and restrict people’s leisure purses! Committed to giving a percentage of profits to local homeless charities as well as covering the cost of statutory exams for apprentices, its become particularly challenging for Cherubs Kitchen to meet its running costs, charitable objectives and supporting its apprentices. Your donation in token appreciation and support for Metropolitan Jerome’s efforts will alleviate some of the stress and anxiety he endures, trying to keep the apostolate on an even keel and support those he’s desperately trying to help and bring hope to. Cherubs Kitchen receives no funding other than from what it raises through sales and voluntary contributions from individuals. Few realise that Metropolitan Jerome himself works upwards of 80 hours a week in the kitchen, cooking and mentoring the apprentices, volunteering his time to keep costs down.
Your contribution, of whatever you can afford to give, in token of appreciation for the daily Mass broadcasts and Metropolitan Jerome’s charitable efforts, will help to off-set the running costs and maximise the profitability of Cherubs Kitchen, and enable this important ministry to continue into 2018.
If, however, you’re unable to make a financial offering, Metropolitan Jerome would certainly appreciate any of the following;
Your time: The days when priests had housekeepers are long gone. Offering to help with things that “never” get done like cleaning the draperies or the carpets, sacristy laundry or sourcing Mass supplies can be a welcome gift. There are always volunteering opportunities too helping with the homeless.
Spiritual bouquet: Priests need our prayers more than anything, so buy a simple card, and write on the inside, “Father, I will say one Rosary per month for the next year for your intentions.” Or any other prayer you like. Just make sure you follow through on your promise.
Have a Mass said: Priests offer Masses for special intentions all the time, but seldom get Masses offered for their intentions. Arrange to have one said in another parish (so he doesn’t have to say his own) and include the intentions of his parents and siblings. Recognizing that he is part of a birth family as well as a spiritual family is sure to touch his heart.
Metropolitan Jerome’s immediate family includes…
Marianne (sister) & Luke (brother-in-law)
Maureen (sister) & Ian (brother-in-law), Kevin (nephew) and Helen (niece)
Metropolitan Jerome’s particular Mass intentions would be for…
His ministry with the homeless
His apostolate with Cherubs Kitchen
His ministry as Primus and Archbishop
Main photograph: Metropolitan Jerome with the Mayor of Brighton & Hove and supporters enjoying Cherubs Kitchen canapés