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Members News 2019

Peace Sunday 2019

Durham Martyrs Parish excelled with their great social media promotion of Peace Sunday and creative work with young people. They developed a children’s liturgy for Peace Sunday and tweeted our prayer for children for all to share.  They expanded the topic of Peace at their youth, ‘Base Camp’ asking the question  ‘How can we share the Good News and be peacemakers in the world.”  This is what they produced.

Anne Dodd from Abingdon wrote: I spoke at the end of all Masses, most people took envelopes.  Prayer cards, info leaflets were distributed and we created a small display of info Pax Christi.  used. Copies of full text of Pope`s Message made available. Good response generally. To have a suggested script on- line for Peace Sunday is I think a REALLY good resource. It can be adapted, tweaked or just extracted from but it gives members something to start off with and gives confidence to first-timers.

The parish  of Our Lady of Mount Carmel & Saint George, Enfield tweeted: Well done to our Confirmation candidates and catechists for preparing beautiful peace shrine in the church to this Peace Sunday. Please do drop into the church this week and visit the shrine and say a prayer for peace in the world.

Brian Austin, coordinator of Peace Sunday for Catholic Leamington Justice & Peace reported:

Once again, many thanks for the material you supplied for Peace Sunday, which is an excellent resource.  We used it as much as possible at our three churches in Leamington Spa including:

Prayers of the Faithfull 
Prayer and reflection – used in a separate prayer leaflet for Holy Hour
Activities for children – sent to the children’s liturgy, but don’t know if used
Songs – sent to musicians and one used at all three churches
Article – not used, but may be included in a future magazine.  So we tried to do our ‘bit’.

Maureen Wilcock from Liverpool reported: Liverpool Members were welcomed at the three weekend masses (Christ the King and Our Lady Parish) for Peace Sunday. The newsletter highlighted Pope Francis’s peace message and Fr. John Poland drew extensively on ideas in the Peace booklet for the bidding prayers and homily.

We ran a stall and enjoyed talking to people while displaying information and giving out prayer cards, badges and news of future events. We plan to follow up Peace Sunday by visits to parish groups to talk about Pax Christi’s aims and campaigns.

Thanks to Christ the King church for our welcome and to Fr. John for his excellent sermon really making clear what it means to be a follower of Christ, the ‘Prince of Peace’.

The Justice and Peace Group in St Mellitus Parish, Tollington Park wrote an article for the parish newsletter on the theme for Peace Sunday and involved the Confirmation group in a dialogue on the theme at the Homily slot.  Members also spoke at Mass which made a substantial difference to the collection taken!

From St Wilfrid’s Church, Preston, Geoff Thompson sent us a picture of the Peace Tree which they created for Peace Sunday –  recycling their Christmas Tree.  They  asked everyone to write a place, person, situation or country they personally wanted to pray for peace for, then hang it on the tree after the bidding prayers. Most people did.

Holy Apostle Parish, Pimlico, devoted the front page of their newseltter to Pax Christi and the Peace Sunday theme and reproduced our Prayer Card in the newsletter too.

It was encouraging to see schools ‘tweeting’ about Peace Sunday too.  Two schools, which our education worker Aisling has worked with in recent months, Sacred Heart Hammersmith had Peace as their prayer theme for the week and Holy Family Waltham, facilitated a discussion with Year 9 Justice and Peace Group  on the theme “How can I help crate peace”. They also gave out Pax Christi peace badges!

 

 

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