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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Justice and PeaceJustice and Peace Team

Head of Justice and Peace: Fr. Chris Hughes
St. Joseph, Wallsend Road, Chirton, North Shields NE29 7AA

tel: 0191 257 5801 or email: chris1707hughes@live.co.uk

Veronica Whitty, Chair of the Justice and Peace Co–ordinating Council. Tel: 0191 263 0920.


The Diocesan Justice and Peace Co–ordinating Council is elected at the AGM each year from people active in Justice and Peace work across the Diocese. For news of the AGM on Saturday 24 October please click here.

We exist to encourage commitment to action for Justice and Peace in light of the Gospel message and teaching of the Catholic Church. Our main objective is to foster the growth of this work within parishes and partnerships and to encourage the use of the four stages of the Pastoral Cycle i.e. Study/Experience, Analysis, Prayer/Spiritual Reflection and Action.

Please contact us if you require help.

Contacts:

J & P Donations Gift Aid Contact and Treasurer: Marjory Knowles tel: 07929 343418 or by email: marjory.knowles@gmail.com.

NB. If you would like to set-up a regular donation, please download, complete and return the forms at the base of this page.


Download the latest edition of the Diocesan Justice & Peace Newsletter (Summer 2020).


Diocesan Refugee Project:

The Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project currently operates from Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Centre, 2 Summerhill Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6EE.

Refugee Project Update:

The Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project remains closed temporarily and no food or clothes donations can be received at present.

Although the lockdown is starting to ease we will need an adequate lead–in time to ensure that, when the project re–opens within the Summerhill Grove premises, it will provide a very safe environment for clients, volunteers and staff. In the meantime we remain in regular contact with the Diocesan Health and Safety lead who will provide the necessary advice as we start to prepare for re–opening.

Although the Project is closed physically it continues to provide much-needed support to hundreds of Refugees and Asylum Seekers and their families.

This has been made possible by a one-off grant from the Albert Gubay Foundation and the ongoing generosity of parishes and individuals in our Diocese. We have been able to extend further the successful supermarket voucher scheme – sending digital vouchers to the mobile phones of destitute clients so they can purchase goods to the value of £35. Those with children can receive additional vouchers to help them cope during the current crisis. Our other clients receive a £20 voucher each month instead of the bags of food we used to provide.

We are delighted to report that we have appointed Sara Harris to the post of Project Co–ordinator. Sara brings with her a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector and has already started to use her skills to support the asylum seekers and refugees we serve. We are also very fortunate that Jeremy Cain is with us until October carrying out some part–time temporary work for the Project.

The one-off grant will be spent by October, so please continue to support the project financially – people have been incredibly generous to date. Details of the destitute asylum fund account are – HSBC DHN DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND Sort code: 40–34–18 Account number: 52854058.

Contributions by direct transfer would be most welcome but cheques made payable to D.H&N DESTITUTE ASYLUM FUND can also be sent to Justice and Peace Refugee Project c/o Fr Adrian Tuckwell, St Anne's Presbytery, Half Fields Road, Winlaton, NE21 5RW.

Acknowledgements for contributions are taking longer than usual due to the extra stages in the process of collecting cheques, banking these and writing to donors – please bear with us.

Thank you for your continued support for the Refugee Project, we will keep you informed of developments. Enquiries should be directed to Sara Harris by email: sara.harris@diocesehn.org.uk or tel: 07407 091184.

Contacts:

Newcastle:

Project Co–ordinator: Sara Harris email: sara.harris@diocesehn.org.uk or tel: 07407 091184

Stockton:

Project Contact: Rachel Wing tel: 01642 883 369


Quick links:

Click on the following quick links to jump to the section detailed.

Campaign
(incl. news of latest campaigns)

Donations
(how you can donate to our refugee project)

Events

Links
(incl. National Justice and Peace website and Housing Justice website)

News

Social and Environmental Justice Policy

Training
(incl. Catholic Social Teaching and CST Newsletter)


Campaign:

Listening Campaign

The Diocese is a strategic partner of Tyne and Wear Citizens (TWC), which seeks to support the common good and develop civic society and its members. TWC operates on a cycle of listening action and evaluation. Since its launch in 2017, TWC had completed one of these cycles that lead to the establishment of three campaigns: on improving mental health services, fighting food poverty, especially for school children and combating hate crime. All of these campaigns had a number of successes. It was felt by the end of 2019 the time was right to start a fresh cycle with 2020 being a year for listening.

The initial launch was in December of last year at the AGM, but our world is very different now due to the impact of the pandemic on our lives and our economy. Due to these dramatic changes on June 24th TWC had a relaunch of the listening campaign.

The full relaunch meeting summary is available now to read or download (pdfword).


Events:

Events will feature here when announced.


News:

Justice and Peace AGM

The Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council will be having its AGM by zoom on Saturday 24 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

We will be reporting on the progress made so far on the priorities agreed at our last AGM around embedding the Social and Environmental Justice policy into the Diocese and securing the future management of the Justice and Peace refugee project. There will also be opportunities to join the Council and vote in our new officers for the next year and set our priorities for the coming year. We are hoping to have a keynote speaker to talk to us about Catholic Integral Ecology.

We really hope that people from across the Diocese with an interest in Justice and Peace will sign up to join us. Please email lizarchibald.justiceandpeace@gmail.com to register your interest. Joining details will be sent out nearer the date.


Tyne and Wear Citizens.

For all the latest news and details of upcoming events please take a look at our Tyne and Wear Citizens page.

A Diocesan Social and Environmental Justice policy has been approved by the Diocesan Board. For more information and the policy document, please visit the policy section.

Laudato Si’: The American Bishops have issued a good discussion guide on the document


Social and Environmental Justice Policy:

Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth:

The Diocesan Board of Directors approved a policy for Social and Envionmental Justice within the Diocese.

The policy was drafted by the Diocesan Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council with valuable advice from the staff at the Centre for Catholic Studies and Salford Caritas. This policy is a response to Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ with his call for an ‘Integral Ecology’, where in seeking the Common Good for the whole of God's creation, Pope Francis challenges us to hear and respond both to the cries of the earth and the poor. The policy, called ‘Hearing the Cry of the Poor and the Earth’, outlines activites we can undertake as part of our communal response in parishes. The policy also highlights our own personal responsibilities in sustaining the Common Good, the dignity of the human person and what Pope Francis states in his undertanding of the earth's ecology, ‘Our Common Home’.

The policy is also available to view online with images or download to print as a booklet.

Please contact the Justice and Peace Co–ordinating Council if you have any queries about this.


Training:

Catholic Social Teaching:

The purpose of the recently formed Northern Catholic Social Teaching (CST) Study Group is to learn what the Church has to say about our world and how we live together. Catholic Social Teaching addresses the big issues confronting us – work, the environment, family life, poverty, justice - and in the words of Pope John Paul II, provides us with,

a basis and motivation for action”.

The Group studies CST using the Virtual Plater CST Gateway. Although it is a study group, the emphasis is on the practical application of CST.

To join the Group or to find out more, contact Louise Harrison on 07532 309745.

Catholic Social Teaching monthly newsletter:

Catholic Social Teaching have their own monthly newsletter bringing a variety of information from its members of how CST has helped them and examples of CST in action around the Diocese. You can read or download the latest issue (November 2020) here (pdfword).


Donations:

Donations for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Justice and Peace Refugee Project and Destitute Asylum Fund are most welcome. Regular donations by standing order can be made by completing the mandate and returning it to you bank.

Taxpayers can also complete the gift aid declaration and return to our treasurer, Marjory Knowles tel: 07929 343418 or by email: marjory.knowles@gmail.com.

Many thanks for all your help, prayers and support.


Links:

Justice and Peace National Site: www.justice-and-peace.org.uk external link

Housing Justice Site: www.housingjustice.org.uk/