Holy Hour for Peace in Ukraine and the World
Please note the new time for the Holy Hours will be 2 00pm- 3.00pm on Wednesdays at St Joseph’s Church and Thursdays at Sacred Heart Church.
This is a special time to pray for peace, the people of Ukraine both inside the country and those who have to flee and for an end to the violence, bloodshed and destruction that war brings.
Ukraine Appeal Update
Last week at the St Margaret Clitherow Centre, Canon Aidan Prescott led a moment of prayer for peace for Ukraine and a prayer of blessing for what will be undertaken in the days ahead as our eight drivers are set to leave the archdiocese to deliver essential aid to the Polish border over the next couple of days.
The drivers include four archdiocesan staff: Jill Boggan, Nicky Hegarty, John McMahon and Aaron Kiely; two drivers who went on the first trip- Mike Sharkey and Chris Joynt; Ben Quayle who works for PSD who have supplied the vans for the trip and Anthony Horton from Greenmount Projects.
Fr Aidan also accepted a cheque from Mike as he has collaborated with people and organisations across Wigan to raise over £12,000 for the archdiocesan appeal.
Thank you to all for your continued support during this appeal.
Please keep the drivers in your prayers as they embark on their journey.
Please Note: The collection of goods for Ukraine has been suspended at present. This is due to the overwhelming response from people. Thank you to all who have donated items and those who have helped with collections
Archbishop Malcolm has approved the launch of an Archdiocesan urgent and major appeal to support Ukraine. Text numbers have been set up for anyone wan*ng to make a financial donation. All donations will be sent to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London.
TO DONATE TEXT:
• HELPUKRAINE to 70085 to donate £2
• HELPUKRAINE to 70450 to donate £3
• HELPUKRAINE to 70460 to donate £5
• HELPUKRAINE to 70470 to donate £10
Texts will cost the donation amount, plus one standard network rate message
A Prayer for Ukraine
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.
(From the CAFOD website)
The War in Ukraine
As we continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and for peace in our world, there will be Exposition from 11.00am until midday Mass followed by Stations of the Cross. This will take place at St Joseph’s on Wednesdays and at Sacred Heart (Leigh) on Thursdays.
St Richard's we will pray the Rosary in St. Richard’s Church, after 10.30am Mass on Thursdays for the next few weeks. The church will remain open for private prayer until 1pm on Thursdays.
Retiring Emergency Collections for Ukraine
Holy Family and St Ambrose Barlow: From next week there will be a retiring collection at weekend Masses for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.
IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO DONATE MONEY DIRECT: Please visit the CAFOD website: www.cafod.org.uk
CAFOD is a member of DEC, Disasters Emergency Committee, and part of one of the largest aid networks in the world – Caritas Internationalis. Because of their global reach and local presence, they are there when an emergency hits. Their Ukrainian and neighbouring Caritas local aid workers and volunteers are part of the communities they work with and so understand people’s immediate needs.
Donations will go to local Caritas aid workers providing humanitarian aid and safe spaces for thousands of Ukrainian civilians caught up in the fighting.
Catholic bishops in Europe have expressed support for Ukraine and appealed to Christians to pray for peace. “At this extremely delicate time, we ask Christians to pray for the gift of peace in Ukraine so that those responsible may be filled with, and radiate, a peace that is ‘contagious’ and that the crisis will be overcome exclusively through dialogue.'
Let us come together to pray for peace at this very important time.