On Saturday 24th November I attended a joy filled mass to give thanks for the canonisation of St Oscar Romero. Many thanks to Mugeni Sumba a CAFOD Parish volunteer and teacher at Oakland’s College for organising the mass, and to all the children and young people who read so beautifully. Also thanks to CAFOD Parish volunteers who helped with the CAFOD display and the refreshments after mass.
Bishop Philip celebrated the mass and reminded us in the homily of St Oscar Romero’s love and care for the poor in El Salvador and how he spoke out against the injustices in his country. Bishop Philip asked us to consider how we could live in solidarity with the poor, care for our common home and live more simply.
After the mass Stephen Davies, who is the vice-chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust spoke passionately about the life of St Oscar Romero. He reminded us of Romero’s sermons which were broadcast on the radio. In these sermons Romero would mention all those who been killed in the violence or who were missing and beg the authorities to end the repression. St Oscar Romero spoke out for the poor and because of this he was killed on 24th March 1980 . He was made a saint on 14th October 2018.
” As a Christian I do not believe in death without resurrection. If I am killed I shall rise again in the Salvadoran People ”
“With our prayer, our work and our solidarity and relying on our faith and hope, we will continue to seek a better world” —St Oscar Romero, homily for the Feast of Christ the King, 1979