#CandleofJustice: a moment of action on 25th May

Join Churches Together in England on 25 May 2021 for 
Candle of Justice: a moment of action – commemorating the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.  The Candle of Justice will be a moment to light a candle, pray for racial justice and commit to taking personal and institutional action to tackle racial injustice in our society and our churches.

Join in

Follow these five simple steps for how you and your church can get involved in the national #CandleOfJustice campaign on 25 May:

1. At noon, pause for one minute to remember George Floyd and all those who experience racism

2. Light your candle* (or alternatively shine a light from your phone)

3. Pray using the Candle of Justice prayer

4. Pause, reflect and make a personal commitment to tackling racial injustice

5. Share on social media – upload your candle photo or share the Candle of Justice prayer graphic. Remember to use the hashtag #CandleOfJustice and tag in @ChurchesEngland

Healthy Planet, Healthy People

The Bishops' Conference Pastoral letter for this Pentecost refers to a time of remarkable challenge and opportunity, referring to G7 and COP26 and poses the question 'Are we really demonstrating love, care and respect for our common home?' 2021 is a very significant year, not just because we are gradually emerging in UK from the pandemic, but because of some very important international meetings which could determine the future of our planet and its inhabitants. There is the G7 summit in June and COP26 on the climate crisis in November, both of which are held in the UK; also, China will be hosting international negotiations on protecting biodiversity. Now is our opportunity to join with voices from Catholics (and others of faith) around the planet asking the leaders of these global gatherings to urgently align national and global commitments with limiting warming to 1.5ÂșC at most. Alongside this we are asking that the wonderful diversity of creatures living in our common home be protected.  Please sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition and ask family and friends to join with you.

Bishops' Pastoral Letter for Pentecost Sunday 2021

 Read the letter by clicking on this link Pastoral Letter

Prayer for Peace in the Middle East

God of mercy and compassion,
of grace and reconciliation,
pour your power upon all your children in the Middle East:
Jews, Muslims and Christians,
Palestinians and Israelis.
Let hatred be turned into love, fear to trust, despair to hope,
oppression to freedom, occupation to liberation,
that violent encounters may be replaced by loving embraces,
and peace and justice could be experienced by all.

- Reverend Said Ailabouni, Jesuitresource.org

May Marathon of Prayer

Join the daily live broadcast of the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 5pm in link-ups with Marian shrines around the world, as part of the May marathon of prayer called by Pope Francis, by clicking on the link below:

Kingswood Foodbank

 An updated list of the items they need are printed in the parish newsletter every week or can be found on their Facebook page.

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Bishop Declan invites us all to participate in praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit beginning this week on Thursday 13 May (Feast of the Ascension). Each of the nine days will focus on a different fruit of the Spirit. You can access the prayer resource for the Novena on the diocesan website: https://cliftondiocese.com/novena We hope as many people will join us in praying the Novena as we continue to ‘Dare to Dream’ and invite the Holy Spirit to bless our diocese as we move forward.

Laudato Si' Week 2021

Beginning on 16th May a week of free online events is taking place world-wide leading up to Pentecost.

Designated Laudato Si' Week, Pope Francis invites us to 'prepare the future' celebrating the progress the church has made on its journey to ecological conversion and reflecting on what the COVID19 pandemic has taught us.
To learn more about the week's events go to https://laudatosiweek.org/