Sunday 17th January is Peace Sunday, and its theme this year is “A culture of care as a path to peace.” Pax Christi is a Catholic organisation which promotes peace, reconciliation and nonviolence, and supports those who aspire to those goals.
CAFOD are working with their partners to support those who have been suffering most in our world from the coronavirus pandemic, helping them to survive, rebuild and heal their lives. You can make a donation towards their work on the CAFOD website. It is also possible to donate £10 to CAFOD using Text Giving – simply text CAFOD to 70085. (Your phone account will be charged £10 in addition to your standard SMS cost.) If you would prefer not to receive further communications from CAFOD, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085 to make your £10 donation.
Members of missionary orders work in many parts of the world, supporting communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. You can support their work via the Missio website.
The challenging situation facing Christians in the Holy Land has been made significantly worse by the coronavirus pandemic. Friends of the Holy Land are seeking to help them in their need.
Aid to the Church in Need has been supporting Christians dealing with conflict in different parts of the world, especially in Nigeria where they have been facing persecution from Islamist extremists.
The International Refugee Trust works to bring dignity and hope to those whose lives have been torn apart by war and conflict, through their partners in South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Jordan.
Mary’s Meals continues to feed children in the poorest parts of the world. £15.90 is sufficient to feed a child every school day for a year. For three months, until 31st January 2021, the UK Government is matching all donations made to the charity, so a £15.90 donation will enable two children to be fed for a year. Find out more about their Double the Love appeal.
Nearer home, Caritas Westminster are working to support some of the most vulnerable people in our own society, whose lives have been made more difficult by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal has been extended to provide support in communities across the Archdiocese of Westminster during the coronavirus crisis.
The Cardinal Hume Centre helps people who are facing homelessness and poverty to turn their lives around. They offer hope to families whose difficult circumstances have been made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.
While most of us seek safety in our homes, refugees still experience many of the difficulties of being destitute. The Jesuit Refugee Service has had to suspend some of its operations because of the pandemic, but continues to offer practical support to refugees in whatever way it can.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, who run St Anne’s care home for the elderly in Stoke Newington, were due to come to speak at St Philip’s, but the lockdown prevented their appeal taking place. You can still support them with an online donation.
NHS staff have rightly been getting proper recognition for the difficult, but vital, work they are doing. We have to spare a thought also for those who dedicate themselves to caring for the sick and the vulnerable in other settings. The North London Hospice relies heavily on voluntary support but, like other charities, many of their fund-raising activities had to be cancelled, so they are looking for alternative sources of funding to continue their important work.