As we read and see daily news about the refugee crisis, we can feel powerless in the face of such a huge movement of suffering people. We must just begin where we can. Here are some things we can do:
1 Caritas Westminster is coordinating diocesan volunteering, and can signpost us to various types of practical help: see their website, http://rcdow.org.uk/caritas/news/the-refugee-crisis-we-need-your-help/
2 Pray and vigil with the London Catholic Worker as follows:
First and third Tuesday of the month at 12.30 PM:
One-hour prayer vigil in solidarity with migrants and refugees who make their way to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. As part of the liturgy, we read the names and stories of people who have died attempting this dangerous crossing and call on our government to support search and rescue missions. The first Tuesday in front of the Foreign Office and the third Tuesday in front of the Home Office.
3 Support the Calais Migrants through the Kent charity, Seeking Sanctuary: Seeking Sanctuary are urgently looking for goods and cash for the people scattered by police in the last few days. www.seekingsanctuary.weebly.com
4 Find out whether our local boroughs are accepting Syrian refugees, and whether we can be part of the support offer
5 Consider and discuss with our local and national leaders the future of a Europe closed to refugees.