On Sunday 13th February 2022 the Catholic Church will celebrate Racial Justice Sunday. To mark this important day, Archbishop John Wilson will celebrate Mass at 10 am in St George’s Cathedral, in collaboration with the Southwark Commission for Promoting Racial and Cultural Inclusion The theme of the Mass will ‘One in Christ’, offering an opportunity for all Christians to join together in reflecting on the importance of racial justice.
The service will also be a chance to celebrate both ethnic and cultural diversity within the Diocese and South-East in general, and to give thanks for the work of our new commission, whose primary purpose is to engage with the clergy and laity within Southwark in order to share the key message of God’s love for everyone, and that there is no place for racism in our parishes, schools and churches.
Fr Victor Darlington, Episcopal Vicar for the Southwark Commission for Promoting Racial and Cultural Inclusion, commented:
“The message of the Commission has been well received during its first year, and several successful conferences have taken place to address racism. Highlights have included working with schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark, as well as presentations addressing Racism for St Thomas Academy Trust in Birmingham and the Education Commission of Westminster Diocese: this is a vision and mission that will be cultivated further in the years ahead. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to join in marking Racial Justice Sunday, celebrating God’s love for all”.
Clergy, parishioners, school pupils and staff, as well as leaders and members of ethnic chaplaincies are all warmly invited to join Archbishop Wilson in celebrating Racial Justice Sunday.
Those attending Mass in person are encouraged to wear cultural dress and are asked to be seated by 9.45 am for a prompt start at 10 am in St George’s Cathedral.
The service, which promises to be a joyful and colourful occasion, will also be live-streamed on the RC Southwark YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/62sIuHPSbIU