PEACE SUNDAY 17th JANUARY 2020
This year Pope Francis asks us to think about ‘A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’.
“How many resources,” he says, “are spent on weaponry, especially nuclear weapons, that could be used for more significant priorities such as ensuring the safety of individuals, the promotion of peace and integral human development, the fight against poverty, and the provision of health care.” Pope Francis calls on us to “strive daily, in concrete and practical ways, to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another.”
In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi. Their website suggests many ways we can all promote peace in our daily lives. There are activities for families to do at home, including a 15-minute peace liturgy for young children. https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday-2021/
Pax Christi needs our support to keep going. If you’d like to make a donation, small or large, please visit https://paxchristi.org.uk/about-us/support-us/donation/
To read Pope Francis message click here
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIANS UNITY
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.
To download this years booklets containing readings, reflections and music suggestions click here
NEWS FROM THE GLOBAL CATHOLIC CLIMATE MOVEMENT
Pope Francis has only one goal for us this year: create a culture of care.
Such a culture would overcome “indifference, waste and confrontation,” and help all of us deepen our ecological conversion.
Below you’ll find two ways to get started on that goal this month by coming together with Catholics around the globe and helping create a world full of “fraternity and solidarity, of mutual support and acceptance.”
1) Take part in 2021’s first Global Laudato Si’ Monthly Prayer Service.
Join in these Global Prayer Services every first Friday of the month to hear creation’s song, creation’s cry, and creation’s invitation. Throughout the prayer services there will be a reflection, scripture reading and prayers of the faithful. To register visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ISiRjeRtRIulFDy48-8twA
2) Season of Creation 2021 webinar
Join one of the Vatican’s leading Laudato Si’ experts and high-level Christian leaders as they discuss how the global Christian family can work together to have a home for all.
Date: Thursday 21 January
Time: 11:00 New York | 17:00 Rome | 19:00 Nairobi
How: Watch live on YouTube at
COLUMBIANS UK SCHOOL COMPETITON
Closing date 20th Feb 2021
Don't forget to enter the @ColumbansUK school media competition. If you are aged 14 to 18 submit an article or picture on the theme "Let's create a world without racism". Cash prices are available to the winners. For more details visit: https://t.co/lkdfJqY6Cs @IrishColumbans— Million Minutes (@Million_Minutes) December 10, 2020