Sunday 9 February is Racial Justice Sunday
‘You are at the heart of the Church’
Celebrating the contribution Travelling Communities
make to the Church in England & Wales
Historically, Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have experienced
discrimination both in the wider society and, sadly, within the Church.
The aim of this Racial Justice Sunday is to celebrate
the contribution that the Travelling Communities make
within our parishes and to encourage parishioners to be
more welcoming towards fellow Catholics who come
from a Traveller background.
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Father Dan Mason, who as well as being the Parish Priest of the Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay, is also the National Catholic Chaplain for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers said: “I am delighted that the focus of this year’s Racial Justice Sunday is on celebrating the contribution that the Travelling Communities make to the Church in England and Wales. In my work as the National Chaplain for Travellers I know how important faith is for members of the Travelling Communities.
The aim of this campaign is both to celebrate the positive contributions that Gypsies, Roma and Travellers make to the Catholic Church in this country and to encourage all parishioners to think about how they can make a stand against the prejudice and the discrimination that many members of the Travelling Communities experience on a daily basis.”