The Parish of Saint John Mary Vianney, Leeds
incorporating the Catholic Churches of
The Immaculate Heart of Mary and Saint Paul, the Apostle
Parish Priest – Canon Timothy Wiley Assistant Priest – Fr Sean Crawley
Deacon: Rev. Michael Leahy
0113 268 1373
Refugee Response – read all about it!
Issue 1 of the Diocesan Refugee Support Group’s newsletter is out now: follow this link to read all about what we can all do to fulfil Christ’s teaching that when we welcome the stranger as an Act of Mercy, we are welcoming Him.
Bishop Marcus, in common with Pope Francis and Cardinal Nichols, has urged us as a Catholic Community to act upon our common humanity in response to the growing refugee crisis. We can all get involved through our prayers and our practical action, and here in the Diocese of Leeds, the Bishop has asked established Catholic charities to form a Diocesan Refugee Support Group.
This collaboration between the Diocese and Catholic Care, Justice and Peace, St Monica’s Housing, and the SVP will work with local authorities and other organisations to consolidate what they have already been doing to support and safeguard the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. Consulting with other dioceses to share good practice, the Group is co-ordinating a practical response in our own Diocese. In addition to exploding many myths that circulate about migrants and asylum seekers, the ‘Refugee Response’ newsletter gives details of how we can all play our part in showing solidarity with those whom war and persecution have driven from their homes.
Keep an eye on your Parish bulletin for forthcoming events.