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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:


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.

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.

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.


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

St.Bernadette Relic Tour

The relics will be in the Diocese of Westminster from Saturday 3rd to Wednesday 7th September 2022, Monday 17th to Tuesday 18th October 2022 and Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2022. For full details of the tour, visit: www.stbernadette.org.uk

Westminster Social Justice and Peace Forum – 17th September, 10.30 am – 1 pm

Bishop Paul McAleenan invites you ‘To Accompany Refugees’ at our next Forum:

In his message for World Day of Migrants 2014 Pope Francis wrote, ‘We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved’.

Undeniably, the displacement of people due to war, poverty and persecution is a major problem. The victims are our brothers and sisters. It is our Christian duty to enable them find a home where their basic needs are met and an environment where they can flourish. A truly Christian approach towards refugees seeks not only to provide but also to communicate a welcome, to accompany them on their journey.

How are we to move ‘Towards a Better World’, the title of Pope Francis’ 2014 message? As those seeking shelter and sanctuary continue to arrive on our shores Westminster Social Justice and Peace Forum invites you to be part of the solution and To Accompany Refugees.

On Saturday 17th September, WSJ&P Forum will assemble again in person to discuss, and present our vision of, the Catholic response to migration. We look forward to welcoming you. You will have an opportunity to contribute to the debate on this pressing need of our time and have any questions answered.

Thy Kingdom Come 2022

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. It has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer inviting Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. Since its start in May 2016, 172 countries have joined in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will: 

Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ 

Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus 

Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our Witness.  For further information see: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/  

A wealth of resources can be found at 


  • Prayer and care – helping those in need locally, as well as praying for them to know Jesus Christ, or know him more fully. 
  • Continuous Prayer ­– join with friends and colleagues to pray continuously over a fixed time, perhaps 12 hours, or if in contact internationally, over 24 hours. 
  • Pray Together – at regular times, join with others in the parish to pray for evangelisation locally; you may like to use the PentecostNovena. 
  • Light up the World in Prayer – encourage as many people you know to join you in registering their prayer on the TKC website, and so light up the world map with prayer. 
  • Explore digital resources – a range of resources to suit everyone is available on the TKC website, including a Prayer Journal, the interactive Family Prayer Adventure Map and Journey with Mary


 Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, provides information about the recently announced cost of living support package. His website is regularly updated with this and other topical issues, and you can sign up for free weekly email round-ups 


 Cost of Living Hub 

Provided by the London Assembly, but relevant to those outside the capital as well, this portal 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  



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

 Surrey Community Helpline  

For signposting to the relevant local help and support:  

  • Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008 which is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm. 
  • SMS 0786 0053 465 for deaf and hearing-impaired residents only (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm). 

 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 


 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 


New  Catholic Students

The University Chaplaincy is appealing to all parishes to point their way parishioners who will be students at any of the London universities and colleges, or University of Hertfordshire, this coming year. Based at Newman House, Gower Street, they also have campus-based chaplains at many of the universities and colleges. For any students other than freshers there is also an opportunity to live in at Newman House, a catered lodging with attractive rates and its own chapel. The application form is available on the Chaplaincy website  www.universitycatholic.net 

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.co

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.

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.


Alliance of Catholic Marriage Organisations

August 2018 marked the launch of the Alliance of  Catholic Marriage Organisations during the World Meeting of Families in Dublin; the coming together of five organisations (Catholic Marriage Care, Marriage Encounter, Retrouvaille, Teams and Two-In-One Flesh) that between them have served the Church in England and Wales for nearly eight decades.

The Alliance draws together different charism and approaches with much to offer couples at every stage of their relationship.  And together they form an invaluable and complimentary resource for parish ministry.  Almost all their support is available in engaging online and webcam formats as well as face-to-face provision, restrictions permitting.

Their joint resource “Accompanying couples over a lifetime” is available by clicking on the link: https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hammersmith/wp-content/uploads/sites/195/2022/06/Accompanying-Couples-over-a-Lifetime-June-2022.pdf

The Alliance website www.acmo.org.uk and links on their respective websites help couples find support whatever season they find themselves in.


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)


 Life-Light Home Study Courses (distance learning)


01844 351 514

 CCRS Online (online learning)


0151 291 3055

01844 351 514


Magnificat Subscriptions

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St. Richard Reynolds Catholic College (SRRCC)

SRRCC are currently advertising two support vacancies for a September start:

– Learning Support Assistant

– Careers Coordinator

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