St Annes Catholic Church BUXTON
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Justice & Peace

Justice and Peace

St Anne’s Justice and Peace Group is committed to working towards Peace through Justice and Compassion. It supports the work of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission seeking to enable all people to challenge injustice, promote stewardship of creation and work for peace.

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How it Works

Prayer, Biblical reflection and Catholic Social Teaching are what motivates us.   Justice and Peace work can be divided into the following areas:

  • Awareness and Experience: Being alert to new justice and peace situations as they arise and being aware of developments in existing issues
     
  • Analysis and Learning:  Informing and educating people about key contemporary social issues in the light of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching
     
  • Reflection and Discernment:  Encouraging thoughtful spiritual reflection in the light of the Gospel
  • Action:  Encouraging and supporting individuals and groups to take considered, realistic and appropriate action
     
  • Celebration:  Encouraging the whole Diocese as well as parishes and groups to celebrate their work together
     
  • Evaluation: Learning from each experience
     

For more information visit www.nottinghamjp.org and select ‘The Commission’ and ‘Action Plan’.

Justice and Peace Report

JUSTICE AND PEACE REPORT TO PARISHIONERS 30/10/2016

Justice and Peace Events and Actions during the past year:
•    We have held monthly coffee mornings after Sunday mass on the last Sunday of each month with donations going to CAFOD and Pax Christi for which they have expressed their thanks.
•    Fr Dennis organised the Autumn and Lent Fast Day collections for CAFOD.
•    We held Justice and Peace Liturgies:  a Service for Peace in January and the Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday, both of which were very well attended.
•    Pax Christi Prayer Cards were given out to all parishioners during January.
•    We hosted a talk on Islam in April which was given by Farouk Kardahji, the aim of which was to increase our understanding of this great faith. It was very well attended, and Christians from other Buxton churches also came and enjoyed it.
•    We encouraged people to be aware of our responsibilities regarding Climate Change, and many parishioners signed the CAFOD petition, which was sent to the Prime Minister.
•    The parish was represented by 2 parishioners at the National Justice and Peace Network Conference in July.
•    The Justice and Peace Noticeboard at the back of church has continued to be maintained with up to date news.
•    All members of the Justice and Peace Group and the PPC now have the following e-bulletins circulated to them: ‘Just Now!’ – the Nottingham Diocesan Justice and Peace bulletin produce by Louise Cook, our Diocesan Field Worker;  ‘NWJPN’ – the North West National Justice and Peace monthly paper;  ‘CAFOD Nottingham Diocesan News Bulletin’ produced by our Diocesan representative, Maggie Mairura;   and any other relevant communications coming from CAFOD, Pax Christi or the National Justice and Peace Network.  These help to keep us mindful of our mission to work for a kingdom of Compassion, Justice and Peace.
Future Events
The Justice and Peace Group explored the CAFOD ‘Live simply’ Award, looking at what it involved and how it could be used in our parish. The Group decided that they would like to do it, and this was then put to the PPC for approval. The PPC was supportive and we have now been registered with the awarding body and are awaiting our ‘Starter Pack’. It has been suggested that we launch ‘Livesimply’ in the Parish at the beginning of December. This will coincide with the end of the Year of Mercy, and as Bishop Patrick has expressed a wish for each parish to develop a legacy to follow on from this Year,   ‘Live simply… so that others might simply live’  would be an appropriate activity for us to take on at this time.
When we launch ‘Livesimply’ there will be information for all parishioners, a noticeboard, and weekly updates in the bulletin so that everyone will be know what’s happening. Our targets will be set by the Justice and Peace Group and the PPC, and approved by the awarding body. There will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to be involved, whatever their ages and interests!
It is anticipated that the award will take about 18 months to complete, but this is flexible. We will have targets, activities and fun, and when we are ready 2 assessors will visit the parish to give us their judgement. If (and when)  we pass, it will be cause for a big celebration and a time to feel grateful for everything we have, and for being part of a loving and responsible parish community.
The Justice and Peace Group would like to thank everyone who has shown their support in any way over the past year, with special thanks going to Fr Dennis for carrying the message from the pulpit each week. 

Yvonne Ripley
28/10/2016

  Sometimes we might feel disheartened when faced with everything that needs doing as we go about our daily lives and as we hear about all the painful issues around the world. At times like this it helps to pray Oscar Romero’s Prayer. 

Oscar Romero (1917–1980) was Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador. He was assassinated on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass in a small chapel in a cancer hospital where he lived. He had always been close to his people, and preached a prophetic gospel denouncing the injustice in his country. He became the voice of the Salvadoran people when all other channels of expression had been crushed by repression.

A Future Not Our Own (Words by Oscar Romero)

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of
saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession
brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives include everything.
This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realizing this.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's
grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the
difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not
messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

What can we do?

Prayer for Buxton

At the Methodist Church in the Market Place (side entrance)
Last Friday of every month, 8-10pm {or come for any part of this 2-hour period}
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” [Luke 5:16]
Buxton Police & Ambulance Services, Those out late ‘on the town’ Town, & University Chaplains
Food Bank Night-stop The Work of CTiB over Lent, Easter & Christmas Bible-study Group
The Church Ministers Christian Unity CTiB leadership
The mentally ill Those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol Evangelism ‘Open the Book’
Work with young people The Christian Bookshop ANO? ANO? ……