Homelessness

St Francis Xavier Church has been privileged to host the Service of Remembrance for the Whitechapel Centre, the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region.The organisation works with people and for people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation. The Whitechapel Centre is committed to helping people find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living.The Service of Remembrance on the 2nd of November...
Mike O'Driscoll (L) and friends
Mike O’Driscoll from Saint Ignatius parish in north London, reflects on thirty years of soup runs for the homeless that have operated out of the parish. During that period the parishioners have seen the numbers of street homeless wax and wane across the capital. “When we started it was probably at its worst in terms of numbers,” Mike said.  Then in the 1980’s, Britain was in the grip of controversial economic reforms under Margaret Thatcher.  Numbers then steadily decreased,...
Henriques ready for the challenge
Please support our team from St Anselm’s!St Anselm’s Southall parishioners Henriques Siqueira and Jan Janoszka will be joining a group of Spanish pilgrims on an overnight walk from Our Lady of Bellvidge Jesuit parish near Barcelona to the Benedictine Abbey at Our Lady  of Montserrat this weekend. The trail is 54 km or 33 miles and will start at around 7:00pm on Friday 26th, hoping to reach their destination Saturday morning around 10:00am. Henriques and Jan are taking up this...
The right to rent rules would result in a hostile environment for everyone, warns JRS UK
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has warned that the government's 'Right to Rent' scheme is likely to affect the most vulnerable in society, saying it risks legislating to prevent kindness in our communities - particularly for asylum seekers facing homelessness and destitution.The JRS statement follows a report today from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) into the ‘Right to Rent’ scheme. The scheme requires private landlords and their...
The Jesuits' stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland
Several British Jesuits have been among the 1,700 exhibitors at the National Ploughing Championships that have been taking place near Tullamore, in County Offaly (Ireland) this week. Records were broken on the first day of the event, with more than 100,000 visitors coming through the gates.The display set up by the Jesuits in Ireland has been among hundreds of trade stands at this annual ploughing occasion that was last held in Tullamore nine years ago. Hundreds of acres have been ploughed by...
St Anselm’s Parish in Southall, west London, has been served by the Jesuits for ten years.  The 2,500 parishioners come from many ethnic backgrounds and numbers attending Mass are growing fast. Southall is a vibrant and diverse multicultural community and continually attracts many new visitors and residents.  A very small minority of these newcomers or those experiencing major life problems can find themselves homeless and sleeping on the streets. As parish priest Fr Gerard...
'Homeless Jesus' at Regis College, Toronto
Methodist Central Hall in Westminster is applying to install one of the celebrated sculptures of the ‘Homeless Jesus’ by the internationally renowned artist Tim Schmalz. An original cast of the statue which depicts Christ lying anonymously in a blanket on a park bench is exhibited at the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and Pope Francis himself has already blessed the work of art in the Vatican. If the application is successful, the sculpture at Methodist Central Hall,...
Farm Street Church hall in central London was transformed into a dining room and then a dormitory as the parish welcomed 15 guests as part of the Night Shelter Project. It was one of seven churches – and a local synagogue – which served meals supplied by local hotels and restaurants and provided somewhere to sleep for people who would otherwise have spent the night on the streets of London.The Monday night initiative which took place over seven weeks this spring was a trial project in...
Jesuit parish workers involved with homeless people have described their ministries as “inspiring” and vowed to develop further the services they offer. The representatives from Jesuit parishes throughout Britain met recently at the Church of the Holy Name, Manchester, to exchange examples of good practice and show support for each other. They were joined by Mark Choonara, Community and Faith-based groups Outreach Worker from the Passage Day Centre in Westminster, who helped with...
Charles of the JRS day centre goes on pilgrimage to Canterbury to raise money for the homeless in London
Each year at the end of May, The Connection at St Martin in the Fields hold their annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury. This year, Charles, who comes to the JRS-UK Day Centre, took part and completed the four day pilgrimage walking in total an incredible 74 miles and helping to raise funds for homeless people in London.“The first day was really an amazing day,” Charles expressed on sharing his experience of the pilgrimage. “We walked through the city of London and we reached Swanly...