Days and Weeks of Prayer

Throughout the year, the Catholic Church celebrates many days of prayer - some are international days founded by the Vatican, others are national days of prayer for England and Wales.

We sometimes mark weeks of prayer, and, on occasion, a full month of prayer. Previous events of this nature will appear here too.

Racial Justice Sunday 2020

On the weekend of 9 February 2020, the Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates Racial Justice Sunday.

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse 2020

The Bishops have chosen the Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent as the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse.

Peace Sunday 2020

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - 19 January 2020 - is the day set aside for Peace Sunday in England and Wales.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is marked on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Sunday of the Word of God 2019

On the Feast of St Jerome in 2019, Pope Francis issued a ‘Motu Proprio” instituting the Sunday of the Word of God.

Laudato Si' Week 2020

Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home, Laudato Si’, celebrates its fifth anniversary on 24 May. To mark this, and to reflect on our relationship with the Creator and creation, we celebrate Laudato Si' Week.

World Communications Day 2020

World Communications Day 2020 falls on 24 May as much of the world remains in lockdown as we attempt to recover from the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The way we communicate in situations of self-isolation and separation has shifted from hand shaking, hugging and close contact to encounters though phone, tablet and computer screens. The virtual has replaced the physical.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18- 25 January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time

Prisons Week 2019

Prisons Week 2019, 13 - 19 October, a week of prayer which raises awareness of issues faced by those affected by the criminal justice system.

Extraordinary Month of Mission 2019

Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM).

Home Mission Sunday 2019

'Rejoice with me' this Home Mission Sunday as we hear the joy of people who found something that was once lost.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday 29 September 2019. The theme of this 105th edition will be “It is not just about migrants”.

Vocations Sunday 2020

The Day of Prayer for Vocations - also known as Vocations Sunday - this year will be celebrated on 3 May 2020.

Migrants' Mass 2020

Each year, near to the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the migrant communities of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster gathers for a Mass that is full of song, vibrant energy and great joy.

Youth Sunday 2019

National Youth Sunday is a unique opportunity to celebrate the role and significance of young people in the Catholic Church in England and Wales today.