The Justice and Peace Group

The Justice and Peace Group aims to:homebackground-image

  • Link people who have a concern for justice and peace
  • Acts as a hub for the exchange of information
  • Offers support and encouragement for groups and individuals
  • Provides a channel between issues and campaigns

“If you want Peace work for Justice” Pope Paul VI

4 thoughts on “The Justice and Peace Group”

    We are still collecting food items for the Worthing Churches Homeless Project.
    The box where you can put your gifts is in the sacristy. They need baked beans, tinned
    tomatoes, toilet rolls, fruit juices ,coffee, biscuits, black shoe laces men’s jeans waist
    30”and 32” and cleaning products as well please. Thank you.
    Information leaflets giving an update of the work the project carries out, are available in
    the entrance to the church by the noticeboard.
    Fundraising event.
    Sponsored walk 15thMay 2010 meet at St Lawrence Church 10am.10k walk around
    Worthing .Register by phoning Katie 01903 227829
    During Christian Aid week money is raised to help make real and lasting changes to the
    lives of some of the world’s poorest people.
    Please give your donation in an envelope and put in the second collection next weekend.
    Tax payers please don’t forget to include your gift aid by filling in the details on the
    Thank you all for your great support in this vital work.

  2. The Silence of the Victims
    (Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times,
    in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.)

    This is the story of a Filipino child, Angel-grace, one of many,
    representative of millions around the world. I will be frank in
    telling her story. My readers will want to know the truth, the whole
    truth and nothing but the truth. They will settle for nothing less
    difficult as it may be to open the shutters and allow the blinding
    light shine in.

    When she was five years old, this child was living in a poor family
    in Angeles city, two hours North of Manila known for attracting and
    encouraging sex tourism, locals and foreigners. As a result, the
    moral fabric of society is shredded and in all the other places where
    such abuse is tolerated.

    The culture of corruption and the sexual exploitation and abuse of
    women and children is rampant, ignored, denied and covered up by the
    authorities, a source of profit by the business community and
    political advantage by the politicians. It is here that such a
    degenerate environment fosters alcoholism, drug-abuse, broken homes,
    abandoned, unwanted children and fosters the spread of diseases
    especially HIV-AIDS.

    Angel-grace was raped one night by her step-father, as I said, she
    was five years old and it happened again and again. This is not a
    rare or shocking event; it is a common crime in every nation around
    the world. Mostly it goes unreported because what can a five year-old
    do or a child of any age do, to resist, cry out, overcome the fear
    planted with threats and intimidation? What can a helpless child do
    against a grown man, her own father, a grandfather, a step-father, a
    live-partner, or a brother, a pedophile, or a sex tourist?

    Nothing! Until one day, she sees a glimmer of hope, learns that there
    is someone who cares, someone she can trust and ask for help and who
    will respond immediately and know what to do. The Preda Home for
    abused children is filled with 56 victims of such abuse at any given
    time. They keep on coming, our therapists and counselors keep on
    healing and helping them and our legal office keeps on fighting legal
    battles that they can hardly ever win. But while there will be
    healing there will be a scar, a hurt and a break that can never be
    undone. Until justice is done there is never closure, it is a memory
    that cannot be forgotten.

    The crux of the crime is that the hateful and evil act is done with
    the additional abuse of power, position, ascendancy and total absence
    of adult responsibility. It is evil to inflict hurt, pain and harm
    and exploit the vulnerability and weakness of the helpless child. The
    victim is frozen in fear, terror, shock that in most cases in a life
    of buried secrets and silence. It is a pain that we can never know
    the full extent, only the victims who can hardly bring themselves to
    talk about it.
    Angel-grace was silent for years but then told her mother who called
    her a liar and warned her not to make up such lies her step-father
    was the only source of food for the family, she said. She was
    burdened with three other children, she would not go up against him.

    Angel-grace ran away and lived in the streets and joined other
    children with similar stories and they wandered the streets as
    beggars, street children, unwanted and rejected. By eleven years old,
    she had no education, no self-awareness, saw no value in life, just
    lived by an instinct to survive. Soon a female pimp was offering
    Angel-grace hamburgers and drinks and money to go with foreign
    tourists and massage them. She taught her how and soon the child was into it.

    For two years she lived such a life with no thought of an
    alternative, this was her life, this was her future, always poor,
    always wanting and longing for something she never had – to be loved.
    (to be continued)

  3. Attached info about The Wave on Saturday 5th Dec, ther are a number of people going from Worthing.

    Some are going to the Christian Service at The Central Methodists Hall, opposite Westminister Abbey, that starts 11am they will then join the March when it reaches them.

    Others will go straight to Grosvenor Square outside the American Embassy where the rally & speaches start at 12 noon.

    If you want to go with a group these are the trains. If going to the service will need to catch the 9-06am from Worthing Central & anyone going to Grosvenor Square would need to catch the 10-06am from Worthing Central.

    Further details attached

    All the best



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