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

October 2017 Events

Mon 9th Oct – Launch: Sponsor Refugees: The Citizens UK Foundation for Community Sponsorship of RefugeesThis aspires to be the leading civic society organisation working to grow sponsorship of refugees across Britain.   Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm prompt start. Dinner shall be served and we hope to conclude by 8pm.  Venue: London Muslim Centre, 46-92 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JQ (map)  Kindly RSVP via Eventbrite.co.uk  –  Sponsor Refugees: The Citizens UK Foundation for Community Sponsorship of Refugees.

Thurs 12th Oct – Hate Crime – day seminar. 10.30am-3.30pm  lunch provided. Harlesden Methodist Church, 25 High Street, NW10 4NE.  Contact London Churches Social Action:  londonchurches@btinternet.com

Tues 17th Oct – 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 28th Oct – Westminster Justice and Peace Annual Study Day on Human Rights after Brexit.  See here for further details.

Tues 31st Oct – The Balfour Centenary:  Britain’s Broken Promise – Time for a new approach  6.30-8.30pm Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.   Speakers include Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; Sir Vincent Fean, former UK Consul-General, Jerusalem; Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi, Liberal Judaism; and more.  Buy tickets from www.Balfourproject.org  or  eventbrite.co.uk

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!

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

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

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

September 2017 Events

1 September – 4 October – Creation time Starting on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1st September, Pope Francis has asked us to mark this period of Creation time with prayer, reflection and action in relation to the Earth and our place upon it.    To help your parish respond, the Liverpool Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission have produced a new downloadable resource called Reflections During Creation Time: Praying with the Gospels, stories from our time and Laudato Si’.   This season is also a good opportunity to use CAFOD’s Power to be liturgy or to consider becoming a livesimply award parish.

Mon 4-11 Sept – Stop the Arms Fair Week of Action: London. At the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL.  For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair: DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world.  This year the week of action has multiple actions planned on each day.      www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/

  • Thurs 7th Solidarity Without Borders: The arms and security industry profits from a cycle of repression and violence which marks all our lives, from fuelling conflicts and state oppression with weapons to policing national borders and criminalising migrants and other vulnerable communities. But our resistance is powerful. Join us as we make links between the issues to build solidarity without their borders.
  • Fri 8th   Conference at the Gates: The military and the arms trade plan in increasingly significant role in universities and schools. As government funding is drained from universities, the arms trade and the military are moving in. On the Friday, academics, students and other will come together for a day of workshops and panel discussions exploring the militarisation of our education; and this will take place at the gates of one of the world’s largest arms fairs.
  • Sat 9th Big Day of Action: The week of action will culminate in the Big Day of Action on Saturday, a colourful and powerful carnival of resistance, with music, art, drama and creative action to celebrate our movement. But we need you to make it as big as it can be. Come and celebrate a successful week of action, and help cause havoc for the arms fair’s organisers.
  • Sun 10th War Resisters International: War Resisters International will hold a public event on international militarism and the arms trad e, bringing activists from countries affected by the arms trade into dialogue with activists from exporting countries.

Sat 9th Sept – Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart  will be celebrated at Tower Hill at 1pm during which Fr Oliver Barry OMI will bless an image of Venerable Mother Magdalen Taylor and have it installed in the Sacred Heart Chapel, English Martyrs Church, Tower Hill, E1 8BB.  Remember to check the tubes and buses in advance of your travel.  Kindly invite any of your family and friends to join us for this celebration of a future saint in the diocese of Westminster.

Sat 16th Sept – Romero, El Salvador and Harvest Fast Day Briefing (6th October)  10am – 12 noon: a talk by Clare Dixon from our Latin America team. Clare has been playing a major part in CAFOD’s work to keep up work begun in Blessed Oscar Romero’s time to ensure that the voice of the poor and persecuted is not silenced in El Salvador.  This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Oscar who was martyred in March 1980, while he was Archbishop of El Salvador and Clare will talk about his legacy and present work there.  Harvest Fast Day will focus on Blessed Oscar and our current work in El Salvador.   Please join us for this volunteer meeting, which will be held at CAFOD Westminster Volunteer Centre, First Floor, Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, N14 4HE.  Book via Eventbrite here or contact CAFOD Westminster by e-mail westminster@cafod.org.uk or 0208 449 6970.

Thurs 19th Sept – Human Trafficking- Responding Locally, by Caritas Westminster and the Santa Marta Group  18:30 – 20:30. .  Based in Camden, Islington or Brent? Want to learn more about Human Trafficking?  Join us to hear about what you can do locally to help combat human trafficking and modern slavery. Caritas Westminster and Santa Marta Group in conjunction with Local and Met Police will explain why human trafficking is an issue, the extent of the problem in London, and talk about practical actions you can take. Hear from experts in the field of human trafficking and modern slavery. Speakers include:  Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Mick Duthie- Deputy Director of the Santa Marta Group, Detective Superintendent Treena Fleming of the Camden and Islington Police, Met Police, Caritas Westminster.  Refreshments Provided. Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church Parish Hall, 1 Stafford Road, NW6 5RS

Sat 23 Sept Romero Day, London  With activities and events to mark the Romero Centenary, culminating in 3pm Evensong at Westminster Abbey; preacher – Lord Rowan Williams including the debut of a new piece by James MacMillan, commissioned for the occasion.  For further information contact romerotrust@gmail.com

Sat 23 Sept – NJPN Open Networking Day10.30 – 1.00  CAFOD  Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB  Speaker: Mike Duthie, Deputy Director of the Santa Marta Group on Church and Police Combatting Modern Slavery, Plus: opportunities to network and get updates from 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, 020 7901 4864
Followed by Evensong to commemorate Bl Oscar Romero, at Westminster Abbey (see above),

Mon 2nd Oct – Non-Violence Works!  London event 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7HY.   An opportunity for the Christian community to engage in creative  peacemaking.  With speakers Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi international who has played a leading role in the joint Vatican-Pax Christi International initiative on Non-violence, and Maria Stephen, senior policy fellow at the US Institute of Peace.  Open event but RSVP Pax Christi info@paxchristi.org.uk