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Prisoners' Sunday

14/11/2013 10:28 am

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This Sunday, 17 November, is Prisoners’ Sunday, a day of prayer, reflection and action for prisoners, ex-offenders, their children and families, victims of crime, and all those who work in the criminal justice system.

Through its work in prisons and communities up and down the country, Pact is committed to address the often forgotten needs of prisoners and their families. It cares for those who feel lonely, isolated and abandoned; above all, it carries a message of hope for a fresh start and a new beginning. Last year alone 76,000 people were supported by Pact to visit a family member in prison.

The theme for this year’s Prisons Week is ‘Stand in The Light’ – The light of the Lord touches all those who call upon His name and turn towards Him in love and longing, finding restoration and wholeness. Prisoners need our support to help them move away from a life of crime and towards the light of His healing rays – they need our hope, faith and love in order to do this. Our help can, in surprising ways, disarm even the most hardened offender.
Pact depends upon parishes for support in carrying out its valuable work with prisoners and their families; we receive no core funding from the Government.

We run a range of services including the Basic Caring Communities resettlement project. BaCC, as it is commonly known, provides free training to those parishioners who want to put their faith into action to support people wanting to make a fresh start on release from prison. Together, these volunteers give crucial support to an ex-offender as he or she seeks a brighter future away from crime.

Thank you for helping us with our work so far. Once again, we ask for your parish/group’s prayers for our mission and thank you for whatever support your parish/group is able to provide.

PACT

To find out more about Prisoners’ Sunday and what Pact does, visit prisonadvice.org.uk or contact Monica Deane.

Tel: 020 7735 9535

e-mail: monica.deane@prisonadvice.org.uk.

Basic Caring Communities (BaCC)

Pact’s BaCC project is a unique scheme where a group of four volunteers from all walks of life, motivated by their Christian faith, support a prisoner on release to resettle effectively in the community and not slip back into the cycle of re-offending. The aim of these communities is to walk alongside the recently released individual.

If you are interested in learning more about the scheme:

London: Luke Carey, BaCC Manager on luke.carey@prisonadvice.org.uk

Manchester: Mary Jakulis on mary.jakulis@prisonadvice.org.uk

Bristol: Sandra O’Shea on sandra@ccisr.org.uk

Liturgical Resources

Homily Notes and Prayer

Liturgical resources for Prisoners' Sunday 2013. Here you'll find the prayer for the day and downloadable homily notes for priests written by Bishop Richard...Read more