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Members’ News 2015

2 November : Peace Poppy from Sr Pat Robb cj

Poppy SeedsIn the early part of the year I as given a packet of poppy seeds (see picture).  I am not a red poppy fan, but I am a gardener and was tempted to plant the seed.  It was a difficult growing season, but I managed to get a few to grow and saved the seeds.

I have done some reflecting on the photos and came up with this:

The white part of the poppy is a peace cross.  Out of the brutality and blood of Jesus’ sacrifice for us has come to us the possibility  of becoming peacemakers in this troubled and unjust world.  Red and torn ( frilly) petals are the ruined beauty of lives torn to shreds by war, poverty,greed and intolerance and much more.   It is amazing that out of these many injustices beauty can flower and can live in peace and companionship with others.

That is just a bit of what I see as I look at the photos every day.  I shall  cut this photo out, stick on card and wear it on my lapel on 11 November and pray for peace and justice. (Pat has sent us some seeds which we will plant in our little Peace Garden here in Hendon)

 

28 October Drones factory protests: injunction cancelled.

Paul McGowan reports: Birmingham High Court today cancelled the injunction imposed in June on protests at the factory in Shenstone which makes Drone engines for export to Israel. In August, the Judge had previously relaxed the injunction, to allow protests which did not block the entrance or the highway near the factory.
Today, Lord Justice Purle set aside the injunction completely, declaring that his previous imposition of an injunction was to be ‘wiped out’, so to speak. It is, he stated, ‘as if there had never been an injunction’.
He took this step in the light of evidence that protests had been taking place at the factory for a long time, and had never involved any illegal activity. This history of peaceful protest had not been disclosed to him by the Complainants (UAV Engines) when they applied for an injunction. They had let it be thought that serious disruption would take place, as if this was typical of the behaviour of all protests there. This decision vindicates peaceful protest and persistence.

Arms Trade Campaign
The Coventry Telegraph is taking an interest in the campaign. Not before time, you might say. I had a long conversation with their Senior Reporter this afternoon. He had been pointed in my direction by Councillor Andrews of the Earlsdon Ward. Maybe this is the Telegraph’s contribution to the Coventry Peace Festival.

26 October Pax Christi Liverpool gathering at Ince Benet

InceBenetOur day at Ince Benet gave us an opportunity to reflect on the topic of non violence. In the morning Tom Cullinan led us into considering  three dynamics of the life of Christ – His listening to scripture in the  synagogue, His prayer and relationship  with His Father, and His reading of  the signs of the times.  The poverty and oppression that existed would resonate with us today.  All three, Tom said are integral to the Eucharist. In celebrating the Eucharist we need to do more than remember the past , we need also to respond to the signs of our times, broadly speaking these are issues about justice and peace.

In the afternoon Pat Gaffney facilitated us as we named different manifestations of violence that are a part of our culture from abuse in families and the workplace, structures that oppress individuals to  militarisation  and  spending on and use of arms. Pat shared with us her own journey from working with issues around poverty with Cafod,  to promoting non violence.  We charted and shared our own interest and involvement in nonviolence and for many of us this was a journey covering decades. We were fortunate to have Nahida with us, and she gave us  firsthand experience of someone directly affected by the violence in Palestine and Israel.  I left more aware of the pervasiveness of violence in our culture, my complicity with it but also encouraged by the time we had to share, the company of each one, and felt more motivated to pray and work for peace.

7 October  – Act of  Witness and Remembrance at Elbit Factory, Shenstone, nr Lichfield

Photo by Tim Fox

Photo by Tim Fox

During the Drones Week of Action, Students of Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham organised a vigil of Witness and Remembrance at the Israeli owned Elbit factory in Shenstone, near Lichfield. The factory manufactures the engines for drones that are used to kill and maim people and destroy infrastructure in war zones. They were joined by members of Pax Christi, Midlands Friends of Sabeel, Drones Campaign Network and the local community.

During the vigil, participants prayed for repentance from violence and hatred, war and the preparations for war, the manufacture of weapons of war and the use of armed drones. They  voiced their opposition to  armed drones and remembered, at this harvest time,  that we reap what we sow. The Lords Prayer was said and the reading from the Isaiah reminded everyone that, ‘He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any longer’ (Isaiah 2:3-5). A reading that is particularly appropriate outside a factory that now only makes weapons of war – in a reverse of the bible reading.

Tim, one of the vigil organisers, said: “We wanted to witness to our rejection of weaponised drones, but also to remember,  by name, some of the victims of the drones.. During our act of remembrance we read aloud  the names and ages of thirty  mothers, children and students killed by Israeli drones in Palestine. This was extremely moving. We  also remembered John Hull, and ended a period of silence by reading one of his favourite poems, that speaks of final rest. We then laid flowers on the ground or by the cross in memory of the victims, and John. ”

 

26 September, God has broken down the dividing wall: joint Pax Christi & Leeds J&P Commission event for World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel.  Full report here 

Pax Christi member Carol Burns, Chair of the Conference

Pax Christi member Carol Burns, Chair of the Conference

This conference – part of the World Week for Peace in Israel and Palestine – took place in Leeds  on Saturday 26 September. The title is taken from Ephesians 2 and the conference focussed attention on the Separation Barrier that the Israeli Government is building – much of it on land that is recognised internationally as belonging to Palestinians.

Speakers included Mary Lucas from CAFOD who gave a background to the major historical events in Israel and Palestine that have led up to the situation today and then an update on CAFOD’s work in the region, including work with Catholic Relief Services for farmers in Gaza. Tricia Griffin who was an Ecumenical Accompanier in 2013 and The Rev Deacon David Arblaster who serves in St.Aelred’s parish in Harrogate who offered a theological reflection on the situation.

Some of the actions ideas from the conference were:

 Support CAFOD’s work in the region
 Get hold of the Pax Christi postcards (they can be downloaded from the Pax Christi website) about the wall and sending them with a message to your MP or Euro MP
 Looking out for and buying Palestinian Oil in Sainsbury’s or from Zaytoun
 When going to a party or to a friend’s house for a meal (or at Christmas), take a bottle of Palestinian Olive Oil instead of wine.
 Have a Zaytoun stall at your church one Sunday (email the J&P office if you are interested in doing this)

 

12 September – ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ gathering in Coventry.

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Kris Pears, Ann Farr, Paul McGowan, Paschal Somers

Ann Farr reports: Workers and volunteers from groups that provide practical support for refugees and asylum seekers in Coventry, gathered in the centre of Coventry today: Coventry Refugee Centre, Circle of Friends and Coventry Peace House. They were
joined by refugees from Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and Libya.

Gathered in the city centre, under the statue of Lady Godiva, known for her action for justice on behalf of the poor, a large crowd heard from speakers making the links between the arms trade, the wars in the Middle East and the refugee crisis.

Passing shoppers stopped to listen and add their messages of welcome to the banner under the statue.  Muslims, Sikhs and Christians as well as a large number of Coventry groups were represented, including: Pax Christi, Coventry RC Deanery
Justice and Peace Group, Coventry Quakers, Coventry Friends of Palestine, NUT, Friends of the Earth, Coventry Against Racism, Chapel of Unity Commission, Coventry University students and City Councillors.

Members of Coventry Deanery Justice and Peace Group talked with groups in the gathering about Coventry City Council’s investment of Pension Fund money in firms that are the largest weapons manufacturers in the world, including Lockheed Martin, which has offices on Coventry University campus. As Coventry is known as the City of Peace and Reconciliation, it is seen to be hypocritical to have shares in these companies. For two years the group has been asking the City to take a lead in the divestment from these funds by the West Midlands Consortium and has challenged the University about having a major cluster bombs manufacturer on its premises.{ Reports on Paul McGowan’s work on this below} The companies in which the Council invests will be making and selling the weapons that are used to terrify, kill and maim the people, as well as destroy the infrastructure, of the countries from which the refugees are fleeing.

 

12 September, on the Cambridge Peace Trail 

bstortford3Executive Committee member Arn Dekker who wrote the excellent Cambridge Peace Trail was invited to take a group on the trail .

Arn writes: I am happy to report back on the Peace Trail in Cambridge, followed today by a party from Bishop Stortford Justice and Peace Group. In the picture, taken outside St Katharine’s  you  you can see the J+P group  with  a Peace banner which they brought along and of course because it is so colourful many passing tourists took the chance to take a picture themselves. We spent an enjoyable two and a half hours going around the stops on the Trail and  the group plan to report to Independent Catholic News website and the monthly newspaper the Westminster Record.  Hopefully more tours can be arranged.

If you would like to take a group on the Cambridge Peace Trail and would like a guide, contact Arn Mail@nlgb.fsnet.co.uk

 

17 August : Reflection  on Agen and Oradour in France and the connections with Pax Christi by Anne Dodd, Chair of the British Section 

Agen_Martha DortelWe were on holiday in France a few weeks ago and – only because of a chance remark by a friend in Oxford and then another in Limoges – changed our plans to include  a brief visit to Agen and Oradour. We had never been to either place before but wanted to learn more about each place, with their connection with Pax Christi. I knew something of the story of Marthe Dortel – Claudot, but never knew that she had been living in Agen when Pax Christi began.

Finding – with some difficulty – the church where she worshipped and where Pax Christi was born made her courage come alive for me. There is a plaque inside the church – St Hillaire – to mark the birth of Pax Christi, 70 years ago, in that church where Marthe, together with a war widow, the daughter of a deportee and one or two others – in the midst of the hatred, fear and violence of wartime France – took literally Jesus` words Love your enemies and began to pray publicly for the German people. For her, there was no Other, the Germans were her brothers and sisters in Christ. What breathtaking courage that must have taken. We catch something of how much that risked when we read the other plaque in the church – half way up the front of the church. This records the death of a young man of 22, Andre Delacourtie (called Arthur) killed in that same church on 9th October 1943. He was the organiser of the Resistance in the area of Lot and Garonne. `Tue for La France` it said on the plaque. Killed in the defence of France. The same church, the same time…read on

6 August, Hiroshima day, Abergavenny 

WP_20150806_003Pax Christi member Anthea Fairey send us news from Abergavenny  of an Hiroshima day event. She says: I joined with local Quakers who had   a gathering in their  patio, which has the statue of Sadako Sasaki in the centre.  There were 14 of us and we made cranes and helped others to make them, which were later looped over Sadako’s hands.  It was a good evening, we had a lot in common.  Incidentally some of the Quakers have been into the primary schools in Abergavenny with the Peace Packs which Pax Christi helped to create.

 

27 June 2015  This following is an article was written by Chris Gabbett, a Pax Christi member and Principal of Trinity Catholic School, Leamington Spa, to coincide with the launch of The Unseen March, a film produced by the Quakers for Armed Forced Day 2015. 

For schools like mine, the General Election was characterised by agonised debate over whether education funding would be ring-fenced. In an increasingly complex and constrained context, schools face delivering ever more with less. I was therefore struck when the Education Secretary pledged further funds, resulting in a total of £11 million, to ‘use military ethos in schools to improve education attainment of the most disadvantaged pupils’. These finances are being allocated whilst frontline children’s mental health services are withdrawn, investment in the development of teachers has stalled and support for vulnerable pupils outside school has been cut to the bone. This funding reflects former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s assertion that “every child in Britain could benefit from a military ethos”, an agenda pursued by his successor Nicky Morgan and allocated to Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families. As Principal of a Pax Christi secondary school, it makes me wonder what a military ethos can teach my students that an outstanding teacher cannot, and that’s why our school identifies with the Quaker message in The Unseen March.  Read more Chris Gabbett’s article in full Read Pax Christi’s letter to The Independent for Armed Forces Day

 

23 June – Lobby of Parliament for Palestine Pax Christi supported this lobby and a number of our members and supporters attended.  Here are notes taken by Frank Campbell from Southampton of the evening meeting that followed the lobby

(Frank also has an excellent letter in The Tablet Letters Extra responding to Jonathan Shaw’s article on defence and security) There was a good attendance of supporters to hear statements from the nine MPs who came along. The chair was taken by Jeremy Corbyn and another. ALAN DUNCAN (C) had made an important speech at the debate on Palestinian statehood. He is an ex DFID minister and long term supporter of the PSG. He claimed there were signs that the mood of the Con. Party had changed, and there is real hope of progress towards justice for Palestinians.He favoured a multi-party approach focusing on illegal settlements in West Bank.  Well received. JEREMY CORBYN  Given a rapturous welcome as chair as more MPs came in to speak. He was impressed by the quality of the new intake of members and had sense that cross party initiatives were a real possibility. The SNP would make a huge difference. Spoke of Gaza and its problems and need to take cases to the ICC and to strengthen the BDS campaign. CAROLINE LUCAS (G)  reiterated the sense of a change in the House Spoke of the anniversary of the latest Israeli onslaught in Gaza. It was shameful that the UK government should have remained inactive in the face of such violence and criminality.  She urged an intensification of pressures and a total arms embargo. RICHARD BURTON (C) nothing very new here. Agreed that conservative support for Israel was less absolute since the Gaza attack. DR TANIA MATHIAS (C) Took Vince Cable’s seat at Twickenham.  Had worked in Palestine in the 90’s for UNRRA​?  Still finding her way about in anew environment. DEBBIE ABRAHAMS (L) gave a very good and clear analysis of the ‘colonial’ oppression of Palestinians.  Her south African husband had seen it as apartheid. Spoke of initiatives to help the  unemployed Palestinian youth. GRAHAM MORRIS (L) Proposer of the Commons motion on Statehood. Very warm charismatic figure. Humble Geordie , very articulate.  Given an ovation. STEWART McDONALD (SNP)  Glasgow South. Underlined the SNP credentials as advocates for the Palestinian struggle.  There would be SNP support for economic sanctions and an arms embargo. PHILIPPA WHITFORD (SNP) Ayrshire.  A consultant surgeon whose husband an anaesthetist had worked with her in a Gaza hospital for two years. An excellent speaker with areal grasp of the situation and openness to dialogue on the issues. We left to catch train at this point.  I think it is easier to wax enthusiastic about progress in that environment than to achieve the necessary changes we all pray for.

21 May 2015, at Coventry Cathedral

Pax Christi members outside Coventry Cathedral

Pax Christi members outside Coventry Cathedral

Pax Christi Exec member Paul McGowan writes: Local people outside Coventry Cathedral attend the arrival of the full City Council for the annual installation of the new Lord Mayor. The campaign is keeping up its focus on the investment of Council Tax money in the cluster bomb trade, as part of its aim of stopping all West Midlands investment in the arms trade. Recent reports from Yemen show that the trade in cluster bombs is alive and well. Firms involved in it still receive millions of pounds from the West Midlands Pension Fund alone. Pension funds in other parts of the country are also implicated, for example Strathclyde. The new Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Hammon, has privately deplored the use of cluster bombs. It is hoped that he will be able to translate this into action to urge the Fund managers and Trustees to eliminate all such investments from their portfolio. This would go some way to restoring Coventry’s reputation as the ‘City of Peace and Reconciliation’. It is now thought likely that investment in firms which participate in this trade is, in any case, illegal under UK law, and therefore renders any assistance to such firms, by way of financial support, a criminal offence. Coventry MP Jim Cunningham is pursuing this matter in Parliament on our behalf. A new tactic in the campaign is to persuade each Council Tax-payer to withhold 25 pence from their payments, and explaining their reasons in a letter to the Council.

March 2015 27 March: Project in support of CO memorial in Edinburgh from Arianna Andreangeli  A petition calling on Edinburgh Council to establish a memorial in Edinburgh to Conscientious Objectors and Opponents of War is now open for signature on the City of Edinburgh Council website. The campaign for a memorial was initiated by the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre and Fellowship of Reconciliation Scotland and is backed by Iona Community, Edinburgh Stop the War, Edinburgh CND, Scottish WILPF, Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Central Friends Meeting, Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, St Mary’s Cathedral Pax Christi, St Mary’s Cathedral Justice and Peace Group and the Religious Society of Friends Scotland. The petition calls upon the City of Edinburgh Council to grant the use of a permanent public space within the precincts of Princes St Gardens and to provide material and financial support for a memorial to Conscientious Objectors and those who oppose wars. The promoters of the petition, that is already backed by a number of councillors, ask that this be facilitated by February 2016 to coincide with the centenary of the passage of the Military Service Act which led to conscription in 1916. The aim is to have a memorial in Scotland’s capital city to conscientious objectors and opponents of wars which would henceforth provide a public focus for those who wish to gather to remember all those, past or present, refusing to participate in or opposing wars. You can support the petition by signing it online.  Please share among your friends and contacts, we only need 200 signatures!  Read more here 

23 March: Positive moves on West Midlands divestment campaign from Paul McGowan

Coventry Campaigners

Coventry Campaigners

Number One: investments in arms companies in the West Midlands Pension Fund are down by about 12%, according to the latest statement of Holdings from WMPF. Eight firms have disappeared from the portfolio; others have been reduced in terms of shares owned. I think we should count this as a step forward. Number Two: the latest statement also shows that, among the firms WMPF has dropped are: Alliant Techsystems, Doosan Corporation and Hanwha Corporation. These are firms suspected of continuing to trade in cluster munitions, and named by the campaign in the course of the last year. I think this is another success. Number Three: after sustained pressure from local people, the WMPF undertook an investigation into three other firms thought to be involved in the cluster munitions trade – Textron, Lockheed Martin and Singapore Technologies Engineering. In their report (January 2015) they conclude that Textron and LM had given ‘reasonable responses’ to their questions (the questions are not reported); Singapore Technologies Engr. admitted their involvement in the CM trade, and this means that WMPF continues to ‘dialogue’ with them. Nevertheless, the report mentions that this was the first time these firms had been investigated. I think this counts as a third success. I have since forwarded to the Fund press reports which show Textron busily entering into contracts with South Korea and other states to supply them with CMs, and using parts supplied by Lockheed Martin in the process. I requested this be discussed at the latest (March) Quarterly meeting of the Fund Trustees. Minutes of this meeting have been requested. Number Four: there was a meeting on March 16 in London with Jim Cunningham (MP for Coventry South), attended by Amy Little (formerly with Cluster Munitions Coalition), Elizabeth Minor (Article 36), Pat Gaffney (Pax Christi UK) and Paul McGowan. Two other MPs were expected, but had to pull out at the last minute. They will be kept informed. In spite of the heavy time pressure caused by the impending General Election, Mr Cunningham agreed to raise questions in the House of Commons on the basis of the points we had drawn up for him. These questions have now been drafted and put forward to Ministers. Success number four, I think. All in all, I think this is a very encouraging scenario.

 

February 2015 26 February Eleanor and AnnaEleanor Marshall aged 9 is a new Pax Christi member.  She attended the 2014 National Justice and Peace Conference and was so inspired she wanted to do more for peace when she got home.  With her sister Anna who is 11 she began to make  ‘Pockets/Purses for PEACE and to sell them in the parish.  They put peace messages in the bags too.  They made the huge amount of  £82.17 and decided to donate this to Pax Christi.  We were thrilled.  We hear that Eleanor and Anna are going to be at the 2015 Conference, The Things that Make for Peace and we look forward to meeting them again to thank them in person.

An up-date from Pax Christi Executive Committee member Paul McGowan on his work challenging pension fund investments in cluster bombs The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) comprises 61 pension funds. Many of them will have investments in arms companies. The chances are that you will be paying money in to these investments through your Council Tax. In other words, you are allowing your Council to give your money to arms-dealers like Lockheed Martin (Trident, F-35s), Thales (Drones), Textron (cluster munitions), etc, etc, etc. In the West Midlands, there has been a campaign running for the last two years to persuade the seven district councils to disinvest from arms production. Read the full report

 

January 2015 Celebrating Peace Sunday In Cambridge members Lyn and Arn Dekker report: we attended all Masses in St.Laurence’s to ensure a collection was taken for Pax Christi. We  had  the peace flag draped over the sanctuary, we  also had  appropriate hymns and the newsletters for the past few weeks have been highlighting Peace Sunday. Thank you for providing all that information in the booklet. Cheltenham Peace VigilMartin Davis from Cheltenham  reports: 20 people attended  a special peace vigil held in our parish of St Gregory. Pax Christi member Maryse Morton led it with a short reading to begin and the Pax Christi  prayer at the end. Our curate came, and when he said Mass later, he mentioned it and gave Pax Christi  a good plug. We also had some text  the parish newsletter,  I hope the collection will have been fruitful. (It was £377.00!) Pax Christi’s General Secretary Pat Gaffney gave the Homily at three Masses in English Martyrs Parish, Walworth in London. More than 300 of the Pope Francis prayer cards were given out after Masses and a special collection for Pax Christi was taken at each Mass. 5WestPS-PSun15The children from Westminster Cathedral Primary School came to Holy Apostles church in Pimlico for their own Mass for Peace. The children have been working on different mini peace projects recently, researching the lives of well-known peace makers; drawing pictures to show what peace means to them and writing prayers for peace. An exhibition of their work is on display in Holy Apostles.

On the day of their Peace Mass, the children also released 10 white doves, symbols of peace, from their school playground.

PeaceSunday YorkAt the parish of  Our Lady in York members Alan Gerrard and Nan Saeki created an exhibition in the porch of the Church and displayed posters inside on the theme of peace. The Pax Christi peace flag was used to decorate the altar.

From  the parish at Earlsdon, Coventry Paul McGowan writes: We have had a display up since Jan 10, a collection on Sunday, and Pax Christi leaflets distributed. The display will stay up for another two weeks, during which time we will be having a visitation from Bishop William Kenney. To coincide with this visit, I will be adding information to the display about Catholic Bishops signing the Rethink Trident statement. In short, a Peace Month rather than a Peace Sunday.

Newbold Youth Group_Peace FlowingAnne Peacey writes : I thought you might like to see the attached Peace Sunday images from the  youth group at St. Hugh’s Church, Newbold, Chesterfield. The young people used movement to create the idea of peace flowing like a river, during the offertory procession. They call themselves the ‘SHY’  (St. Hugh’s Youth) Group, which they certainly are not.

Warwick_ChaplaincyFrom Coventry Ann Farr  reports:  In the Chaplaincy at Warwick University,  Peace Sunday was celebrated at both Catholic and Anglican/Free Church services. The Rev Stuart Jennings led the Anglican/Free Church service and later Fr Harry Curtis celebrated Mass. In different ways both communities reflected on the nature of peace and prayed for those suffering conflict. The Anglican/Free Church service included a silent meditation on a series of pictures showing the peace and beauty of all creation and then the ways in which this peace and beauty is destroyed. We were then invited to light candles in front of a picture of the Pax Christi Icon of Peace in front of the altar.

I  spoke about the work of Pax Christi, of peacemakers in Palestine and Israel and our calling, as Christians, to be peacemakers wherever we are. Pax Christi literature was available, prayer cards were given to everyone and collections were taken. There was also an opportunity to see the range of Palestinian food and craft goods that is available and many were tempted to buy and so support Palestinian familiesAmbo AbingdonJPG.

Anne Dodd from Abingdon writes:

On Peace Sunday from the lectern with the word Peace in a number of languages a Pax Christi member spoke at the end of the 3 Masses about the main themes of the Pope`s Message for World Peace Day. Copies of the full text were made available to parishioners . The work of Pax Christi  was also outlined in the short talk and each parishioner, as they left church, was given a Pope Francis prayer card and information leaflet for Peace Sunday, together with a donation envelope.

Sr Bernie Morey  writes:

On Sunday, 18th January,2015, the Confirmation Group in the Parish of St Francis of Assisi in Stratford, East London, helped the parishioners to mark Peace Sunday at the 10.15. Mass. The theme this year was “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” Confirmation Group_PSunEach Confirmation Candidate made a placard with a statement which could have been written by someone in a situation of slavery. They walked round the church, wearing their placards, to be seen by the congregation, to help us all to be more aware of the many hidden people suffering slavery in it’s many forms. At the parish of St Hilda’s In Whitby, Anthea Dove spoke at three Masses and  parishoners donated a generous £255.00. Fr Sean Hall from St Mary’s Church, Forest Hall writes that they were able to use the bidding prayers and penitential rite form the service booklet which were very powerful for everyone.  The parish continues to say the Pax Christi prayer for peace after morning mass every Friday. Janet Doyle-Blunden writes : Just to say at the Sacred Heart Parish (for Caterham, Whytleafe and Godstone, Surrey) we had a really good Vigil the evening before Peace Sunday in the churchattended by our Parish Priest and people from each of our Mass Communities. We used all the bidding prayers on the day and bought up the vigil candle (with chains) at the offertory. We also had a brilliant display about trafficking and other issues which is of course ‘difficult stuff’ for some but a real focus. I also developed a power point slide show based on the Pax Christi one which was shown on a repeat basis for each Mass in the Narthex.  All this was helped by your materials –thanks very much

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