The group met for the first time on Monday 28th September. Nine members of the parish attended, led by Veronica Johnson-Jones. Some discussion took place as to a definition of Justice and Peace and to the remit of the group.
It was proposed that, as a starting point for a definition we should consider Matthew 25:35,36, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you a stranger and give you hospitality or naked and put clothes on you? When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?’
Various topics for consideration were suggested. From CAFOD and other aid agencies to refugees and water availability and purity around the world. Drawing on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, we will consider various aspects of water, its sustainability, availability and purity. We will look at Catholic Social Teaching and how it should be influencing our attitude to many topics from assisted dying to sex equality. The opportunities for discussion and avenues for action are many and varied! Actions may involve prayer, lobbying, attending meetings and conferences and raising awareness to various topics within our parish and the wider community, to mention a few.
The group proposed that there was a display board in the church and regular updates in the parish newsletter and on the website.
We hope to have an hour of silent prayer for the Syrian refugees at 7pm on Tuesday 6th October to coincide with a similar event at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham.
Next meeting: 7:45pm Monday 2nd November (after evening Mass for All Souls). Topics: (a) Water [Laudato Si’ Sections 27-31], (b) a short insight into Catholic Social Teaching.