Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice. It holds that God has a special place in this story for each of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or things we might do on Sundays, but it involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizens. Our place in this story is to respond to our vocation to promote the common good, a call to treat everyone, our neighbours locally, nationally and internationally, as our brothers and sisters.
‘Justice and Peace’ activities are seen as an integral part and expression of our love of neighbour and an intrinsic part of our Christian way of life. In other words, to be concerned about the lack of justice and peace is a necessity for us all.
The group meets monthly to consider Justice and Peace issues, usually on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except August) in the Parish Hall. Our group does not see itself as distinct from the parish, but rather a meeting of the parish to consider issues relating to justice and peace. Therefore, any parishioner is welcome to attend at any time.
The meeting aims to learn about issues of concern and feed information back to the parish, making recommendations or facilitating activities in response to these issues. In this way we hope to raise the level of awareness amongst parishioners.
We cannot do everything, but rather choose those issues that are of particular interest to those attending the meetings.
In particular, note is taken of input from:
• Papal encyclicals and statements
• National J&P network member groups
• Catholic Agency for Overseas Development: CAFOD
• Prisoners of Conscience
• JRS UK – Jesuit Refugee Service
Although not primarily concerned with raising money the J + P Group alerts our parish community to various fundraising needs and a variety of events are held for this purpose.
Current priorities include:
• The Homeless. – Group members make regular deliveries of the food and clothing donations our parishioners leave in the church porches' to HARP, Southend. We also supported Crisis – the London based homeless charity
If you are interested and would like to help, please contact: Brian Fitzgerald via the Office: 292726