Friday, 11 February 2011

Shoreham Justice and Peace Group Thanksgiving Mass

On Friday 28 January, Shoreham Justice and Peace group celebrated 25 years of activity with a Mass at St. Peter’s Shoreham. Past and present members, representatives of other Shoreham churches and from other parishes in the deanery were present. Some were unable to attend because of frailty and illness; some others have gone to their rest and all were remembered during the Mass.

Fr. Dominic O’Hara, presided; in his homily he commended the group for their work, and reflected that the world has changed in 25 years, but he suggested that by no means perfect, it was generally for the better. He said that the church needs to be involved and committed to justice, and as Pope Benedict said in his speech at Westminster Hall, Christian thinking must inform politics.

At the offertory three symbols were taken up: a cross as a symbol of the suffering of Christ in the world; a candle as the light of Christ in the world a Dove as the peace which the Spirit brings.

Photographs and reports of activities of the early days were displayed in the porch. Some activities over the 25 years included Prisoners of conscience, Debt relief, Jubilee 2000 in Birmingham and Cologne and holding Poverty Hearings; they are currently are involved in Fairtrade, Adur District Council Homelessness forum, supporting Worthing Churches Homeless Projects and taking part in environmental programmes

Members and visitors enjoyed light refreshments and socialised in the hall.

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