Days and Weeks of Prayer

Throughout the year, the Catholic Church celebrates many days of prayer - some are international days founded by the Vatican, others are national days of prayer for England and Wales.

We sometimes mark weeks of prayer, and, on occasion, a full month of prayer. Previous events of this nature will appear here too.

International Day for People with Disabilities 2020

Thursday 3 December is the International Day for People with Disabilities and to mark it the Church is promoting a time of universal prayer.

Home Mission Sunday 2020

'There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all may believe through him.' John 1:6-7

Reflecting together on this year of sadness

All are invited to join a virtual Diocesan Mass on All Souls Day to acknowledge and remember those who have died this year.

World Day of the Sick 2021

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February, is traditionally the day we set aside to pray for the sick and to give thanks for the tireless work of our carers and healthcare professionals.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place each year on 27 January - the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 is 'Be the light in the darkness'.

Racial Justice Sunday 2020

On the weekend of 9 February 2020, the Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates Racial Justice Sunday.

Peace Sunday 2020

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - 19 January 2020 - is the day set aside for Peace Sunday in England and Wales.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is marked on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

November Novena

November is the month when Catholics traditionally remember loved ones who have died and offer services and support to those who have been bereaved.

Sea Sunday 2020

Every year churches around the world celebrate Sea Sunday. It is a day for people to come together to pray for seafarers and fishers, and thank them for the vital role they play in all of our lives.

Prayer for the Nation

As part of our desire to stay faithful to daily patterns of prayer, we're encouraged to come together at 6pm every day to pray - pray privately, pray together at home, pray without ceasing.

Rosary Whirlwind British Isles

Many Catholic churches and cathedrals across England and Wales are using the month of October to take part in a national rosary mission titled ‘Rosary Whirlwind British Isles’.

Sunday of the Word of God 2019

On the Feast of St Jerome in 2019, Pope Francis issued a ‘Motu Proprio” instituting the Sunday of the Word of God.

Laudato Si' Week 2020

Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home, Laudato Si’, celebrates its fifth anniversary on 24 May. To mark this, and to reflect on our relationship with the Creator and creation, we celebrate Laudato Si' Week.

St Josephine Bakhita Day 2021

Monday 8 February is the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita – the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

World Communications Day 2020

World Communications Day 2020 falls on 24 May as much of the world remains in lockdown as we attempt to recover from the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The way we communicate in situations of self-isolation and separation has shifted from hand shaking, hugging and close contact to encounters though phone, tablet and computer screens. The virtual has replaced the physical.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18 - 25 January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time

This year's Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever and we need to oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18- 25 January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time

National Youth Sunday 2020

National Youth Sunday is a unique opportunity to celebrate the role and significance of young people in the Catholic Church in England and Wales today.

Prisons Week 2019

Prisons Week 2019, 13 - 19 October, a week of prayer which raises awareness of issues faced by those affected by the criminal justice system.

Extraordinary Month of Mission 2019

Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM).

Home Mission Sunday 2019

'Rejoice with me' this Home Mission Sunday as we hear the joy of people who found something that was once lost.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday 29 September 2019. The theme of this 105th edition will be “It is not just about migrants”.

Vocations Sunday 2020

The Day of Prayer for Vocations - also known as Vocations Sunday - this year will be celebrated on 3 May 2020.

Prisons Week

Prisons Week aims to encourage prayer and awareness of the needs of prisoners and their families, victims of offenders, prisons staff and all those who care.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020

The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee” to focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced people (IDPs).

Migrants' Mass 2020

Each year, near to the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the migrant communities of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster gathers for a Mass that is full of song, vibrant energy and great joy.

World Mission Sunday 2020

World Mission Sunday 2020 is on 18 October. Will you join us to share God’s love with those near and far?

Youth Sunday 2019

National Youth Sunday is a unique opportunity to celebrate the role and significance of young people in the Catholic Church in England and Wales today.

Journeying Together

CYMFed, the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales, is hosting a series of online talks for the youth ministry community featuring expert speakers from across the globe.