Newletter Items for the Justice & Peace Group Week 23rd to 30th May

Special Prayer for the end of Laudato Si’ Week Bring solidarity to our world in a shared moment of prayer at noon local time on 24 May. Catholics from all across the globe will be united in spirit because “everything is connected.”

Be sure to register your participation https://laudatosiweek.org/#interestForm and feel free to share your own prayers on social media using the hashtag #LaudatoSi5. https://laudatosiweek.org/prayer/

 

CAFOD’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

 

HSBC Bank – Christian Aid Campaign  You may remember our sign-up & display at church & the photo-call & handing in the letter to the Manager at HSBC Bank last year calling them to stop funding coal projects in poor countries. During these dark and uncertain times we’re delighted to share some good news. During Lent 2019 you joined thousands of people, spurred on by a belief in a most just world, to call on HSBC to make the Big Shift out of fossil fuels. In particular you asked them to close a loophole allowing the bank to fund coal power in Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh.  At their AGM last month, HSBC announced they have closed this exact loophole.  Wins like this help to build the movement for climate justice.

That’s two major wins on climate announced in the last week.  See previous item on this noticeboard of 19th May “Our Diocese has divested from fossil fuel & is working towards a better future”

Our Diocese has divested from fossil fuels and is working towards a better future!

Pope Francis has invited people from around the world to take action to protect the environment this Laudato Si’ Week. This morning our Diocese announced an important measure to help protect our planet and build a more sustainable future; our divestment from fossil fuels.

The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton is the third Catholic Diocese in England and Wales to divest, with today’s announcement – including 41 faith institutions from 14 countries – the largest joint divestment announcement ever. Speaking about this important environmental development Bishop Richard said:

“Care for the world that has been given to us is an increasingly pressing need. It is therefore timely that the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton divests from fossil fuels. This positive step will contribute to the common good and, I trust, pave the way for further practical action to safeguard this and future generations.”

The Divestment Press Relase in Full https://www.dabnet.org/News/View/331

 

Diocese of Arundel and Brighton News Item

Living Easter with Our Lady

Regina caeli, laetare! Rejoice, Holy Virgin, because He whom you bore in your womb is risen!

Dear brothers and sisters, let us try to relive the joy of the Resurrection with Mary’s heart. Even in the darkness of Good Friday she prepared herself to receive the light of Easter morning. Let us ask her to obtain for us a deep faith in this extraordinary event, which is salvation and hope for the world.

Pope St John Paul II, Easter 1996

 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

online adorationThe customary Holy Hour in the parish will resume on Monday 18th May at 9.00am. It will take place on the Blessed Sacrament Altar so that it can be live-streamed.

You are welcome to join us (virtually) if you so choose.

Let’s keep praying!

Newletter Items for the Justice & Peace Group Week 16 to 24 May

Laudato Si’ Week 16th to 24th May Journey to 2030 have put together a ‘TV’ listing for Laudato Si’ week starting today (16th May). We are celebrating the 5th anniversary of this beautiful document.

The guide is in our blog here: https://journeyto2030.org/2020/05/15/laudato-si-week/

Or on our facebook: www.facebook.com/EcoConversionGroup

 

CAFOD’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

 

LIVE SIMPLY Tip of the Week Save energy with ‘sit boiling’  To save energy while you cook, try ‘sit boiling’ for veg, pasta or rice. Cook on full heat for a few minutes, remove from the hob but keep covered with close fitting lid, and leave to finish cooking in the hot water. Experiment a bit to get your timings right.  Provided by Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.co.uk

Newsletter Items from the Justice & Peace Group week commencing 10-5-20

Christian Aid Week 10th to 16th May we normally have a 2nd collection each year as we’re in lock down this year if anyone wants to donate on line please go to https://www.christianaid.org.uk/

 

LIVE SIMPLY Tip of the Week  Get rid of the big items. There’s tons of little clutter in our lives, but if you start with the big items, you’ll simplify your life quickly and in a big way.

 

CAFOD We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, coronavirus is having a devastating impact on all of our daily lives, and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are likely to be disastrous.

We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion.

Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, please sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home. https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1

 

Laudato Si’ Week 16 -24 May The challenge is urgent, the time is now! This year marks the celebration of 50 years of Earth Day and 5 years since Pope Francis’ encyclical letter letter, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.

Both the message of Earth Day this year (Climate Action), Pope Francis’ encyclical, and the current COVID crisis around the world, give us reason to think what we can do now to protect the earth and our local communities for everyone, especially the poor and vulnerable.

What can we/I do Join with Catholics around the world in taking action for creation! We’ve compiled a few ideas to share. https://ourcommonhome.org/laudato-si-week/

 

He is Risen – Now! Today!

If Jesus is risen, then – and only then – has something truly new happened, something that changes the state of humanity and the world. Then he, Jesus, is someone in whom we can put absolute trust; we can put our trust not only in his message but in Jesus himself, for the Risen One does not belong to the past, but is present today, alive. Christ is hope and comfort in a particular way for those Christian communities suffering most for their faith on account of discrimination and persecution. And he is present as a force of hope through his Church, which is close to all human situations of suffering and injustice.

Pope Benedict XVI, Easter 2012

Confessions During Lockdown

Confessions are available under particular social distancing conditions. If you would like to celebrate the Sacrament (usually available each day at 10.30am), please contact Fr Terry by text on 07545 576627 (or by calling 01903 200416) for the details.

Newsletter Items from the Justice & Peace Group week commencing 3-5-20

 

Christian Aid Week 10th to 16th May we normally have a 2nd collection each year as we’re in lock down this year if anyone wants to donate on line please go to https://www.christianaid.org.uk/

 

From Worthing for Refugees I hope you and those close to you are keeping well in these difficult times. Once again I am writing to ask for your prayers, and those of others in your church you may be in touch with, for the Syrian refugees who are making their home here, and for refugees in the wider world.

Please pray on the following lines:

  • For the wellbeing of Syrian families in the Worthing area, that this time may not cause additional trauma to them or to other refugee families living in the UK.
  • That English language learning would continue successfully for our Worthing families during this time.
  • That during this month of Ramadan God would meet the needs of refugee families.
  • For those refugees who were due to be resettled in the UK but have been placed on hold.
  • For those in refugee camps across the world where lockdown measures are virtually impossible to uphold.
  • That the ceasefire in Idlib would continue, and a complete, nationwide ceasefire be established in Syria.

With many thanks for your prayers, as ever.

 

LIVE SIMPLY Tip of the Week Easy guide to food labels Confused by date labels on your food? Throw away products just in case they’re not safe to eat? Waste less food and save money with this easy guide to date labels http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/content/date-labels-infographic. Provided by Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.co.uk

 

CAFOD We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, coronavirus is having a devastating impact on all of our daily lives, and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are likely to be disastrous.

We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion.

Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, please sign our petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.

https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1?utm_campaign=11504062_E-campaign%20alert%20-%20Coronavirus%2030%2F04%2F20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Catholic%20Agency%20for%20Overseas%20Development%20%28CAFOD%29&dm_i=12IB,6UKLA,OOX0VI,RGPT6,1

J&P Newsletter Items Week Commencing 26th April 2020

1/ News from Aid to the Church in Need who we support with 2nd Collections- Help is at hand for UK families with young children stuck at home during the COVID-19 lockdown thanks to a new initiative involving a familiar friend – the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Child’s Bible.

Devised by the schools’ team of the charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, the ACN UK Child’s Bible project is based on ‘God speaks to His Children’, the little red book of paraphrased Scripture stories beloved of children all over the world.

Dr Caroline Hull, ACN UK’s community outreach manager, said: “The Child’s Bible project provides a fresh opportunity for youngsters to learn the story of our faith, to grow in their understanding of how God has spoken through the ages and have plenty of fun along the way with crafts, drama, puzzles …

Now, more than 30 years after the Child’s Bible first appeared, ACN has begun collecting videos of people reading and reflecting on each of the stories, recordings which are being released chapter by chapter to inspire youngsters doing home-schooling during the lockdown.

About 25 bishops from Argyll and the Isles in Scotland to Plymouth in south-west England are among those who have signed up to do a video recording of themselves reading extracts of the book.

The chapter for Monday (27th April) will be read by UK actor Alex Macqueen, who appeared in last year’s Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans.

Go to https://acnuk.org/news/united-kingdom-struggling-for-ideas-for-children-under-lockdown-acn-may-just-have-the-answer/?utm_source=Aid+to+the+Church+in+Need+Newsletter+20&utm_campaign=af38adcb51-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_24_04_48&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a0d0479464-af38adcb51-139387845&mc_cid=af38adcb51&mc_eid=531883b236

 

2/ Worthing Herald See last week’s uplifting article about Fr Silvester & his work in Uganda https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/people/worthing-church-supports-rural-community-uganda-during-coronavirus-pandemic-2549252

 

3/ Live Simply Tip of the Week Buy local and seasonal where possible. Getting produce out of season means either growing it using glasshouses or importing it, sometimes by air. Some local businesses including greengrocers are delivering during this time of lock down.

4/ CAFOD Unite against coronavirus Just as the impacts of coronavirus are being felt on unprecedented levels here in the UK, in developing countries with healthcare systems much more fragile than our own the effects are likely to be devastating. In some countries, there are almost no intensive care hospital beds or ventilators. Please sign the petition https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1