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UKRAINE APPEAL

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You may also send your donations to CAFOD who have recently launched their appeal.  Funds will go directly to Caritas Ukraine and Poland.  Click on the link below:

https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Ukraine-Humanitarian-Appea

CARITAS WESTMINSTER UPCOMING EVENTS

Diocese of Westminster Quarterly Meeting of Diocesan Homeless Projects

Thursday 26 May, 3:30 pm -5 pm

Online.  Join our growing community of volunteers and professionals who want to see the end of homelessness. Find out more and sign up: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diocese-of-westminster-quarterly-meeting-of-diocesan-homeless-projects-tickets-251110527347?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Financial Resilience and Cost of Living – Cost of Living Hub

The Mayor of London has launched a new Cost of Living Hub, which helps people access information, support and advice about claiming benefits, dealing with debt, financial management and mental health support. To explore the hub, please visit https://www.london.gov.uk/cost-living-hub

One-stop information for people in Herts

Useful links and resources for people living in Herts Hertfordshire County Council | Help to manage the cost of living.

HertsHelp Call 0300 123 4044 to speak to an adviser, email info@hertshelp.net or visit https://www.hertshelp.net/hertshelp.aspx

Grants to help pay off energy debts

People who are in debt to their energy supplier might be able to get a grant from a charitable trust to help pay it off.

More details on this link – plus links to several advice providers https://fuelpovertyresource.org.uk/focus-on/fuel-debt-and-trust-funds/

National Energy Action

Their Warm and Safe Homes helpline, 0800 304 7159 is open daily, 10am-12pm, to support clients with energy advice around topics such as reducing energy consumption, Warm Home Discount and Priority Services Register, fuel debt, water rates and benefits advice.

Green Doctors London

A charity that offers free and impartial energy advice to help residents stay warm, save money and live greener https://london.greendoctors.org.uk

Stepping Stones – supporting people back into work

Caritas Westminster is partnering with Homelessness Charity The Upper Room to deliver a training course for those working with people who are homeless or otherwise struggling and finding it hard to get dignified, decently paid work. Participants will learn useful information and skills to enable them to help people back into work. This is a one-year course with sessions once a month. Find out more here: https://www.caritaswestminster.org.uk/stepping-stones-1310.php

GENERAL NEWS

Catholic Listeners

Telephone Helpline Catholic Listeners is a new confidential listening helpline, set up for those who are returning to the faith. The number is 0800 448 0704.

This service is based on the Landings ethos of compassionate listening. Although not a counselling service, they have a professional team trained on signposting to other services and agencies. They aim to help those in need of a safe space to talk.

For further information please contact Ade at catholiclisteners@gmail.com

Eucharistic Octave

The Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane in Covent Garden will be hosting a Eucharistic Octave from 11th to 19th June. This has been organised by several London parishes to celebrate our Eucharistic Lord in the lead up to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Full details can be found at www.catholiclondon.org

Srebrenica Memorial Week

The organisation Remembering Srebrenica is raising awareness of the genocide in Bosnia, and since its creation in 2019 has educated 180,000 young people on the lessons of Srebrenica. This year’s Srebrenica Memorial Week will be taking place from 4th July to 11th July where communities across the UK will commemorate the 27th anniversary of the genocide.

The theme for 2022 is ‘Combatting Denial: Confronting Hatred’, find out more at https://srebrenica.org.uk/.

Catholic Miracle Rally

The Cor et Lumen Christi Community is running their annual Miracle Rally from 9th to 10th July at Friends House in Euston. Speakers for the Event include Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Fr Patrick Collins, lecturer at All Hallows Dublin, Fr Joseph Edattu, Director of the Divine Retreat Centre Ramsgate, and Fr Columba Jordan CFR.

Young Adults Retreat: ‘See All Things New’

The Jesuits in Britain invite young adults in their 20s and 30s to join them to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St Ignatius of Loyola. Two times are offered for a retreat: online, from 27th July to 1st August 2022, residential retreat at St Beuno’s, from 28th July to 1st August 2022.

Information is available at https://www.jesuit.org.uk/events/see-all-things-new-a-retreat-for-youngadults-in-their-20s-and-30s.

March for Life

This year marks the sad milestone of 10 million abortions in the UK since the 1967 Abortion Act.The annual March for Life will be held on Saturday 3rd September. Bishop John Sherrington will celebrate Mass at 11 am at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark.

LifeFest22 is a festival held from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street SW1P 3DW. The March starts at the Emmanuel Centre at 2 pm, proceeding to Parliament Square, where there will be testimony and speeches, with the day concluding at 4.30 pm. More information is available at https://www.marchforlife.co.uk

The paradox of abundance

Over 800 million people go hungry each day. Yet the world produces over 4 billion tonnes of food and we only need 3.7 billion tonnes to feed everyone. From all this food produced, a third is wasted. St John Paul II called this ‘the paradox of abundance.’ Clearly the currently global food system is not working. But as Pope Francis said, “Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and the planet.” Let’s respond to his call! CAFOD’s new campaign is called Fix the Food System. See www.cafod.org.uk/food  for more information, including an invitation for parish groups to learn about the impact of our food with our Fix the Food System: a 7-station journey resource.

The Passage

The Passage, a Catholic charity working with homeless people is raising funds.   

The Passage would be very grateful for your support.  For questions about their work or assistance making a donation please ring 020 7592 1856.

VACANCIES

St. Richard Reynolds Catholic College (SRRCC)

SRRCC have the following teaching vacancies.  

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Teacher of Design Technology
  • Site Assistants
  • Casual Readers/Scribes

Salary negotiable dependent upon calibre and experience.

Please visit: https://www.strichardreynolds.org.uk/our-college/vacancies

Magnificat Subscriptions

For individual subscriptions to MAGNIFICAT please visit:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magnificat/

Two Year Offers 

Magnificat + Companions = £106 

Magnificat = £92 

One Year

Magnificat + Companions = £55

Magnificat = £47

Important: May/June Bundle  Now On Sale

The Universe Catholic Weekly 

Have launched their new online newspaper with the full support of their first subscriber, none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Order your Digital 4 weeks FREE trial supply by calling Michelle on 0743 661 7650 or email: michelle.jones@universecatholicweekly.co.uk

CAFOD DEC Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

CAFOD is combining efforts with the DEC to launch the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal.  In Afghanistan, 8 million people are on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict, and COVID.

CAFOD is supporting sister Caritas agencies to reach communities most in need with food, clean water, and fuel. During Advent, when we open ourselves to the needs of others, let’s do all that we can to save lives. You can donate on the CAFOD website: cafod.org.uk/AfghanistanAppeal and please pray for the people of Afghanistan.

Stop new abortion threat

Baroness Sugg has tabled an amendment to the Health and Care Bill that would make ‘DIY’ at-home abortion permanent. It is vital that as many Peers as possible oppose this amendment.

Right To Life UK has launched an easy-to-use tool on its website that makes it easy for you to send an email to a randomly-assigned Peer asking them to oppose the amendment. Please visit www.righttolife.org.uk/DIYabortionthreat to contact your MP now. It only takes two minutes.

LBGT+ Catholics Westminster and Quest

LGBT+ Catholics Westminster, the LGBT+ Catholic Chaplaincy of the Diocese of Westminster, and Quest, a national organisation for LBGT+ Catholics, both give pastoral support and points of contact for people with queries about LBGT+ issues and their faith. www.questlgbti.uk Email: quest@questlgbti.uk Tel: 0300 123 1989.  www.lgbtcatholicswestinoster.org Email: lghtcatholicswestminster@gmail.com In writing: PO Box 24632, London, E9 6XF.n  Masses welcoming LGBT+ Catholics, parents, families and friends are held on 2nd & 4th Sundays 5.30 pm at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3AH.

Online and Remote Volunteers needed 

Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation specialising in relationship support – providing counselling and marriage preparation throughout England and Wales.

We are looking for volunteers who can spare just a few hours a week working from the comfort of their own home to help us support marriage and relationships.

Zoom Support: Are you an expert on Zoom and would you like to use your tech-skills to help us run marriage preparation courses, training or CPD events online?

Remote Secretary: Provide a vital service to counsellors and clients, taking last-minute cancellations calls and communicating changes as necessary.

For more information please visit: www.marriagecare.org.uk or email: volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) provides parish leaders with knowledge and understanding of theology and the Catholic faith.

You can learn the course in person, by distance learning or online – details below:

 Centres (in person learning)

http://brs-ccrs.org.uk/index.php/course-centres

 Life-Light Home Study Courses (distance learning)

info@studylifelight.com

01844 351 514

 CCRS Online (online learning)

ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk

0151 291 3055

Stress in Your Marriage? 

Retrouvaille is a programme for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage.  Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship.  Most do not know how to change the situation, or even communicate with their spouse about it.  This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year.  There is no group therapy or group work.  For confidential information about “Retrouvaille”  visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk or call or text +44 7887 296 983 or +44 7973-380-443 or email: retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com 

Marriage Care Counselling Services

Marriage Care offers support from trained counsellors to couples and families who need help in coping with the pressures of lockdown. Find out more at https://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/marriage-andfamily-life/news/marriage-care-at-75—we-are-here-for-you/.

Asylum Seekers in Hotels

Caritas Westminster has been informed that asylum seekers have been housed by the Home Office in 35 hotels across London, but have not been linked up with Local Authorities, schools, GPs, and other support to which they are entitled. If you want more information or are aware of a hotel in the area and you wish to support, please contact caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk for a fact sheet.

Clothes and Toiletry Donations for Homeless

The Companions of the Order of Malta have requested donations for their Help the Homeless donation hub at the Brompton Oratory. Items required include men and women’s clothes and shoes (not children’s clothes), new toiletries, entertainment items e.g. books/crosswords/puzzles/art and craft items. Dropping off times are Tuesday (1.30pm-4pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm by arrangement), Wednesday (2pm-4pm) and Saturday (10am-11am). Please contact Kate MacKenzie at companions.london@orderofmalta.org.uk if you would like to deliver donations.

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