Mass for Migrants – 2020
As you know, Caritas Brentwood were this year organising the Mass for Migrants on behalf of the Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark and Brentwood, due to be celebrated at St Antony’s, Forest Gate on Saturday 2nd May 2020.
We cannot gather in the usual way – but at a time when so many Migrant Workers are amongst those on the “frontline” in the NHS and care homes, as well as working as delivery drivers, cleaners and caterers, this is a time to honour them in prayer. In addition, as so many within our migrant communities are amongst the most financially vulnerable, working on zero hours contracts or pay that is below the Real Living Wage, it is also a good moment to highlight the wonderful heritage of Catholic Social Teaching that recognises everyone as “our brothers and sisters”, calls us to tear down borders that divide and exclude any group of people, and has mandated us to pay a Real Living Wage ever since Pope Leo XIII wrote about it in 1891.
We will therefore be celebrating the Migrants Mass via Instagram Livestream on Saturday 2nd May, at 10.30am. We will work on ways to include migrant voices within that Mass – hopefully we will be able to prerecord Intercessions in a variety of languages, and I will work with some of the ethnic chaplains to achieve this in the next fortnight. Please could I ask the Ethnic Chaplains receiving this email to contact me if there is a member of your community who would be able to prerecord a prayer.I will then work with you/them to ensure there is a range of prayers, and a variety of nationalities represented.
All the Mass details – and how to access the livestream – are at www.bcys.net/events/migrantsmass Please do publicise this on websites and via social media where possible – and especially to the ethnic chaplaincy groups with which you are in contact. One of the benefits of Instagram is that it allows people to interact with the Mass through adding prayers and sending greetings in their own language; such a time of “Spiritual Communion” may be very helpful for many exhausted or anxious people to know that they are connected with a wider community that is praying for them and cares about them, and that – through advocating the Real Living Wage – the Church is also campaigning in practical ways to ameliorate their conditions at such a difficult time.
With every blessing