Carmel-in-the-City Ecumenical Creation Prayer Walk 3rd October 2020

The Carmelite Spirituality Group, Carmel-in-the-City, based at St Joseph’s Church, Bunhill Row, near London’s Barbican, will make the close of the Season of Creation with a Mass of Creation and an Ecumenical Creation Prayer Walk.

This will take place on Saturday, 3 October 2020 beginning with Quiet Prayer at 11.30am, followed by a Mass of Creation, Bring-Your-Own-Lunch, and the Creation Prayer Walk at 2pm.

The Walk will include Wesley’s Chapel Garden, a local Wild-life Garden, and St Joseph’s Quiet Garden in memory of Cardinal Basil Hume. The afternoon ends at 3.30pm. ALL ARE WELCOME !

For more information
phone: 07889 436 165
website: www.carmelinthecity.org.uk
email: info@carmelinthecity.org.uk

Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 75th Anniversaries 6th & 9th August 2020

Paper Cranes for Peace

Pax Christi England and Wales have organised a series events from 6-9th August 2020 to mark 75 years since the first atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War.

Thursday 6th August 10.00-11.30am: Hiroshima. There will be a silent, outdoor, socially-distanced presence outside Westminster Cathedral. If you can safely join us, please come and stand in silence for a while. The plaza space is large so you will be able to maintain a distance. You might like to bring a candle, some flowers, or a sign, but just to be present will be enough.

Sunday 9th August 10.00-11.30am: Nagasaki. There will be a silent, outdoor, socially-distanced presence outside Westminster Cathedral. If you can safely join us, please come and stand in silence for a while. The plaza space is large so you will be able to maintain a distance. You might like to bring a candle, some flowers, or a sign, but just to be present will be enough.

Pax Christi also invite you to join them each morning from 6th to 9th August at 8.00am for an Online Time of Prayer and Reflection.

‘Come, Lord, for it is late, and where destruction has abounded, may hope also abound today that we can write and achieve a different future. Come, Lord, Prince of Peace! Make us instruments and reflections of your peace!’

Pope Francis

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.

People Not Walls Virtual Rally on World Refugee Day 20th June 2020

 People Not Walls is the Anglo-French initiative which brings together organisations on both sides of the Channel for migrant rights. This event focuses on the plight of unaccompanied minors experiencing human rights abuses near the French coast and embarking upon perilous Channel crossing attempts in small boats. The Rally will end with a switch to the live Memorial Service at Dover. Free registration in advance.

Registration: Keep Children From Danger Online Rally

Livestream: Dover 20th Anniversary Memorial Service for 58 Chinese Migrants

Laudato Si’ Prayer – Sunday 24th May 2020, 12 noon

We have been marking Laudato Si’ Week all this week (16-24 May) and the events will culminate in a chain of prayer around the world this coming Sunday at 12noon local time wherever you are. Do download the prayer card and join in or follow along with this beautiful British Sign Language video.

BSL interpretation by Michelle Roca from Caritas Westminster Deaf Service

Everyone is invited to say the Laudato Si’ Week prayer together on Sunday 24th May 2020 at 12noon local time wherever you are. 

You are warmly welcome also to use it at your online Masses and other prayer services throughout the day. It is always 12 noon somewhere in the world!

For more on Laudato Si’ Week visit the Justice & Peace website