Sunday, 31 January 2021
Racial Justice Sunday is more topical and relevant than ever. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.
The theme is ‘A Time to Act‘. Racial issues and inequalities were identified nationally and internationally in 2020 generating awareness, emotion and outrage. In light of this Racial Justice Sunday 2021 is particularly significant. Action is needed to further the cause of racial justice but what can we do? Read a reflection on the theme. Parishes might consider using elements of this reflection for homilies and further discussion.
As well as a thought-provoking reflection on the theme, we have a message from Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Lead Bishop for Racial Justice, and a series of poignant videos. We also have a prayer to bring this important work to the Lord.
We have a video reflection produced by a diverse group of young adults from across England and Wales who belong to the Zimbabwean Catholic Community. They are either in full-time education or work in leading professions. Watch the short film.
An important parish discussion on a broad range of issues concerned with racial justice to raise awareness in the local catholic community and to bring about change. Watch.
The Columban Missionary Society has launched a schools’ competition to encourage students aged between 14-18 to use their media skills to engage with an issue that addresses equality, justice, inclusion and also draws on faith and personal experience. Read more.
Lord Jesus Christ,
in your ministry
you were approached by people
of many different nations and cultures.
You listened to their cry for help,
treated them with love and compassion,
and brought them healing and wholeness.
In our own time may we provide
to all those who are suffer
the help that they need
and the care that they require.
May we respond to the invitation of the Holy Spirit
to dream of a world made new
where the poor are not forgotten
but are given the opportunity
to live and flourish
with good health and equal prospects.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Racial Justice says in his message: "It's not enough to simply denounce racism. This is a time to act. In the words of Pope Francis: 'God asks us to dare to create something new.'”