Diocesan support for the people of Ukraine

Published Thu, 17/03/2022 by

The Bishop writes:

I thank you for all the prayers, practical initiatives, and generosity that people across our diocese have already been engaged in, and especially in support of CAFOD’s appeal for Ukraine.

On behalf of the diocese I have been in regular contact with Father David Senyk, the Chancellor of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of London, who also ministers to the Ukrainian communities in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. I have offered him our prayers for the people of Ukraine and for an end to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian forces. 

More recently I asked him how best he thought we could cooperate with and support the Ukrainian communities within our diocese so as to welcome, house and guide refugees from Ukraine when they arrive amongst us. They, after all, have the contacts in Ukraine and among the Ukrainian refugees that we do not.

He explained that through their direct contacts with charity organisations already working on the ground in Ukraine they have been able to send £400,000 to each of the following charities, Caritas Ukraine, Red Cross Ukraine and Medicin sans frontiers. They are continuing to collect funds, but now it is for the use of refugees, mainly women and children, when they arrive here. Any donations for this work can be deposited directly into a dedicated account, sort code 16-00-16 account number 10121272, name, ‘Ukrainian Catholic Church’. Any cheques should be made payable to ‘Ukrainian Catholic Church’ and sent to Very Rev David Senyk, Chancellor, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy, 21-22 Binney Street, London, W1K 5BQ.

He also asked that we continue to pray for peace in Ukraine, and that this prayer might be included in all newsletters throughout the diocese:

A Prayer for Ukraine

We pray that the Lord God send His Holy Spirit to all the people of Ukraine

and gives them the grace of endurance in faith, hope and love amid the current ordeals;

may peace be granted throughout Ukraine

and may the Ukrainian nation be delivered from all enemies,

so that we may glorify the good and merciful God in justice and truth.

Lord hear us and have mercy. Amen.

+ Patrick

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