Homelessness

The project, which has been running for many years, evolved from the start of the Covid pandemic into a weekday lunch service for up to 100 homeless people, many of whom are Polish immigrants and others who have “fallen through the aid cracks” without any regular means of support. The project, which relies on donations from Caritas Westminster, from the Lottery Fund, from the Felix Project and from other organisations, as well as direct support from St. Ignatius Parish, is run under the...
About this free online eventIn March of last year, our world was turned upside down. The worst pandemic in over a century began raging globally. With lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, national economies went into free fall and economic hardship quickly followed. Many who led otherwise secure lives, suddenly found themselves without the means to support themselves and their families.This precarious situation has led many finding themselves without a home or shelter for themselves or their...
Fr Gerard Mitchell SJ
Father Gerard Mitchell SJ speaks out“The impact of homelessness on our community is really quite immense”, according to Father Gerard Mitchell. As someone who works every day to support rough sleepers in Southall, he is concerned that the benefits gained from placing them in safe, secure accommodation during the pandemic are about to be thrown away, sending them over a “cliff edge” towards destitution.Father Gerard is a leading figure in Hope for Southall Street Homeless, a charity which...
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,...

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