Racial Justice Sunday

Racial Justice Sunday is the day the Church focuses on the need to oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.

28 January 2024

The theme for Racial Justice Sunday is: “Seeing one another in the life of the Church”.

It is important to recognise that we are all children of God, regardless of our race and background. This year’s theme seeks to promote reflection, discussion and action on our theme and to encourage us to carry this through in the weeks and months after Racial Justice Sunday.

For this year’s resources, we are celebrating the diversity of those who have led holy and exemplary lives. Our Catholic saints walked in this world as we do and were men and women of heroic virtue that can intercede for us to bring our prayers to the Lord.

In the Image and Likeness of God

In 2023, we have produced a series of A4 PDF posters, that individuals or parishes can download, featuring Our Lady and the Child Jesus from a diverse cross-section of countries and cultures. Although by no means exhaustive, we hope this series highlights the rich diversity of our Catholic community and encourages reflection on how we are all made in the image of God. The posters also carry a prayer taken from Pope Francis’ document Fratelli Tutti. The posters are produced in English but, in some cases, where we have been able to, we have added a suitable translation. Read more.

The importance of racial justice and why we work for it

Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Racial Justice, offers a short message for Racial Justice Sunday.

Praying for Racial Justice

At Masses on Racial Justice Sunday, parishes and individuals are encouraged to pray this prayer for an end to suffering caused by racism.

Saints of Colour

We celebrate the many saints of colour in the Catholic Church who have inspired the faithful in their devotions.

Seeing one another in the life of the Church

Questions to help facilitate discussion around this year’s Racial Justice Sunday theme in your parish, group or school.

Racial Justice Sunday: Schools' Resources

The Diocese of Westminster Education Service has produced a suite of useful school resources for Racial Justice Sunday 2024.

Racial Justice Sunday 2023

The theme for the 2023 Racial Justice Sunday, celebrated on 5 February, was: “All are included in the mission of Christ and His Church. Let us walk together, pray together and work together”

Racial Justice Sunday is more topical and relevant than ever and we need to oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.

Racial Justice Sunday 2020

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