E-Bulletin November 2020

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Colette Joyce, Justice and Peace Co-ordinator for the Diocese of Westminster, writes about the need to persist in the cause of justice in this month’s E-Bulletin:

“Two images have stood out in my head this week. You have probably seen them, too. The first is the picture of the Kurdish-Iranian family who attempted to cross the Channel on Wednesday with a group of other migrants, desperate to seek sanctuary in the UK… The other picture was of 22 year-old England footballer Marcus Rashford helping out at a Foodbank….”

E-Bulletin October 2020

Deacon Adrian Cullen, Evangelisation Co-ordinator, Agency of Evangelisation, Diocese of Westminster, writes in this month’s E-Bulletin:

At the heart of the ‘The God Who Speaks’ Year of the Word 2020-21 is the figure of St Jerome whose Feast Day on 30th September marks 1600 years since his death. It was Jerome whose tireless work to interpret the Bible, and translate it from Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic into Latin, opened the Scriptures for the people of his age, and through the centuries since. 

In the practical work of bringing justice and peace to our world, it is lines of wisdom, stories of courage, and the sayings of Christ, so wonderfully brought to us by Jerome, that feed our every action. There will be words, phrases and paragraphs from the Old and New Testaments that play around in our mind; we may not even realise they are there, but they support us, guide us and encourage us in our work of bringing God’s Kingdom into the World.

In our world where it appears that the divide between rich and poor is ever widening, and that for many people God seems to be irrelevant, the words of the herdsman and prophet Amos, who faced similar issues, may to come to mind: “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”.  This too, is what we strive for… Read in full

E-Bulletin July 2020

Colette Joyce, Westminster Justice & Peace Co-ordinator, practises for the Caring for Creation Zoom Webinar

For us at the Commission, it has been an important month for conversation and dialogue, as we try and grapple with the ‘new normal’ and reflect on the world we are trying to build as we emerge, tentatively, from coronavirus lockdown measures. What have we learnt to do differently that we want to keep? What do we need to change?

Last week we held a webinar to help parishes and other organisations prepare for the Season of Creation 1st September – 4th October, with people attending from all over the Diocese and beyond. A Zoom recording of the event is available to view on our website, along with a page of resources to get you started. Please let us know about any ideas, reflections and other resources you may have…

Resources for the Season of Creation   

We are also looking forward to our next webinar on racial justice on Friday 24th July, 7.30-8.30pm. Please sign up and join us in reflection on our response as Catholics, individually, as a Diocese and as an international Church:

A Catholic Response to George Floyd and Black Lives Matter

More details for both these events and more can be found in the E-Bulletin. Please download and share.

E-Bulletin May 2020

Colette Joyce, Westminster Justice and Peace Commission Co-ordinator, writes:

“Dear Friends, I wish you all peace and courage in these extraordinary days. As we start to think about what life might be like when the current restrictions are lifted, let us look forward with hope to a ‘new normal’ and dedicate our time and energy to taking positive steps to build the world we want to see.”

E-Bulletin April 2020

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, Chair of the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission, writes:

“Dear Friends,

These are just a few words by way of introduction to this month’s e-Bulletin to hope this finds you in good heart at this strangest and most challenging of times for all of us. This is a time when many are saying they need the community of the Church all the more. In my parish I have sensed the anxiety, fear and loneliness this crisis is bringing, and I know that in your own parish community there will be particular challenges as we face preparing for a long haul. 

As we approach Holy Week we will live the journey to the cross in real time.  But the cross also leads to the new life of the Risen Christ and we must keep that hope in close focus…

November 2017 Events

Sat 4th Nov – Catholic Association for Racial Justice AGM 11am-4pm St Thomas More Church, 9 Henry Rd, London N4 2LH.  Arrivals and registration from 10:30.  The business meeting will start promptly at 11:00, followed by  Mass, lunch, and an afternoon session exploring the theme: Supporting Vulnerable Groups in a Changing World. 

Sat 4th Nov – Revive Congo  will be celebrating our 5th year anniversary at the Haggerston Community Centre E8 4FF    Book tickets through Eventbrite.

Sun 5th Nov – Fairtrade Fayre at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George Church Enfield EN2 6DS 9.55am   (begins after 9am Mass). All welcome. An excellent place and time to pick up ethical Christmas presents and cards!

7th-8th Nov – AEFJN-UK (Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network, mainly for religious) Antenna Meeting  Wistaston Hall, Crewe.  The programme includes the film ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Al Gore’s follow up film and a talk from Tim Jones of Jubilee Debt.  Contact Bro Eddie Slawinski at  jpicmillhillbritreg@care4free.net

Tues 7th Nov – Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every first Tues of the Month) 12.30 in front of the Foreign Office, King Charles St:  We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees

Fri 10th Nov – Holy Hour of Prayer for Peace St Mellitus Church Tollington Park N4 3AG (Finsbury Park tube) 6pm to 7pm, Vigil  for  Vatican peace conference. Pray and fast for the success of Vatican conference on nuclear weapons (10-11 Nov in Rome).  If you cannot make it to St Mellitus, organise a prayer service of your own.  See Pax Christi website for resources:

http://paxchristi.org.uk/2017/10/21/pray-and-fast-in-support-of-vatican-conference-on-nuclear-weapons-november-2017/

Tues 21st Nov – Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every third Tues of the Month) 12:30pm, by the Home Office, Marsham Street: CW vigil. We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees.

Sat 25th Nov – National Justice and Peace Networking Day St Thomas More Church, 9 Henry Road, London N4 2LH.   10.30-4pm.  Discussion on  Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Network, and opportunities to network and discuss with justice and peace activists and national agencies.  For more information see www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/njpn-meetings or contact Ann at admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk 0207901 4864