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Grapevine 41 | News from Adult Formation, Justice & Peace and Caritas (01/03/22)

Prayer, fasting, almsgiving  There are few words for the tragedy and barbarism unfolding in Ukraine.  There seem to be few actions we can take that match the onslaught faced by its people.  Caritas Diocese of Nottingham invite you to join Pope Francis in starting this season of Lent in prayer and fasting for their suffering and for the long labour of peace.

We would also like to offer you two ways to show practical solidarity with the Ukrainian community, here in the Diocese of Nottingham and in their homeland.  There is no lack of appeals, from agencies such as the Red CrossAid to the Church in Need and UNICEF.  This is as it should be – the scale and breadth of need is so vast.  Let us just highlight two appeals close to home, and invite you to extend your prayer and fasting into an act of practical solidarity.

— Paul
for Caritas Diocese of Nottingham

“Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting.

I invite everyone to make… Ash Wednesday a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day.

May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.”

Pope Francis

Organisations in Derby serving the Ukrainian community have come together to launch the #HelpUkraine appeal.  The national launch was hosted by the Ukrainian Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel, near the Arboretum.  It is introduced in the video below by Fr David Senyk, parish priest of communities the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in the area of our diocese.

You are invited to donate to this appeal, which is managed by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain with the Church’s support.  It represents the efforts of Ukrainians here in Nottingham Diocese and across the UK, and is the perfect way to show solidarity with our own neighbours, and their efforts for their compatriots, in this crisis.

Bank details are provided in the webpage which you can access via the button below.
Donate to #HelpUkraine

Caritas in Ukraine
Caritas Ukraine and Caritas-Spes are working on the ground to help about 13.000 people in different parts of the country, and especially in critical areas such as Mariupol, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Kyiv and Odessa. Caritas Internationalis have launched a campaign to support their work, especially for the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly and children in the conflict zones.

Donate to Caritas Internationalis