Ealing Abbey Justice and Peace group is a lay parish group working within the parish of St Benedict, Ealing Abbey.


We meet once a month to catch up on local, national and international Justice and Peace issues, think about how we can respond to them and plan how we and the parish can put these ideas into action. Meetings are open to all. Dates are posted on the Calendar and on the J&P noticeboard in the parish. If you cannot attend meetings but would like be involved, check this website to see what we have been up to.

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The Church's Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching is the Church's authoritative teaching, based on gospel values relating to political, social and environmental issues. It is not an ideology or a model, but a method: it provides criteria for reflection, judgement and action to enable the faith-filled discernment of particular historical, political and cultural situations.

Guiding principles are:

1. The dignity of the human person: made in the image of God, human beings have a fundamental and inalienable dignity and freedom. This means the Church rejects any policy or ideology that reduces people to economic units or passive dependence.

2. The common good
: we all exist as part of society and all have a duty to promote the welfare of the community and a right to benefit from that welfare. This applies at every level: local, national and international.

3. Solidarity:
we are all interdependent, members of one human family, so the rich are responsible for the poor, and the strong for the weak.

4. Subsidiary:
power and decision making in society shoud take place at the most local level compatible with the common good, or in a manner in which people are best served.

5. Option for the poor:
seeing Christ in the face of the suffering and wounded.

Source: Catholic Social Teaching website


16 million people across East Africa are facing starvation and need urgent help. Please donate today and provide food and water to those in need.
Donate via CAFOD here

2017 Centenary of Oscar Romero's birthday
RomeroFeast Day of Blessed Oscar Romero

Fri 24th March. St George’s Cathedral, Southwark SE1 7HY 12.30pm Mass with Bishop Patrick Lynch

Ecumenical Service

Sat 25th March - The Secret of Romero – Passion for God and Compassion for the Poor 11am St Martin in the Fields

Romero’s Birthday

Saturday, 12 AugustSt George’s Cathedral, Southwark SE1 7HY
12.30pm Mass with Archbishop Peter Smith; preacher: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia

Romero Day

Saturday, 23 September – London
With activities and events to mark the Romero Centenary, culminating in
3.15pm Evensong at Westminster Abbey; preacher – Lord Rowan Williams
including the debut of a new piece by James MacMillan, commissioned for the occasion

Romero Lecture 2017

Thursday, 30 November Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford
5pm, Romero Lecture 2017: Gustavo Guttiérez OP, father of liberation theology

April Foodbank Shopping List:
  • Tinned Potatoes
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Cereal - all types & sizes
  • Instant Coffee
  • Savoury Biscuits & Snacks - nuts, pretz els etc (not crisps)
  • Dried MilkBaby Milk


  • Next Collection - dates here

Items always needed:
✔ Tinned veg
✔ Tinned curry or chilli
✔Long life sponge puddings and cakes

Small quantities only. TINS, not cartons please. Pasta, rice, baked beans, tinned tomatoes not needed.

Make Ealing Abbey Fairtrade!

Fairtrade Fortnight starts on Feb 26th. The Westminster J&P commission would like every parish in the Diocese to be Fairtrade. Please help to make this a reality by asking if the tea/ coffee/ sugar/ chocolate you are being served at parish events is Fairtrade !

See News for more.


Pray & Fast for Climate Justice ! twitterfast

On the 1st of each month. Sign up with Westminster J& , the Twitter Campaign here , and/ or the Global Catholic ClimateMovement to join hundreds of other Catholics here. To meet up & pray with WestminsterJ&P see here


      What's New ...

      New Fairtrade Logo published - see Campaigns.

      Ealing Foodbank: Dean Ives on what it is, how it started. See Local News.

      Wastewater - the waster's guide to water. See Stewardship.

      Fairtrade Bananas - do they make a difference? See News

      Campaigns: sign up for a refund scheme for plastic bottles here

      You can now link up to our new J&P Calendar, which includes dates of upcoming Foodbank collections and what to bring. See Calendar page for details.

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      In his early life, St Benedict (480–547 A.D.) weighed up the value of a nobleman's life, romantic love, and dedication to the Gospel. Choosing the latter, he left Rome in his twenties, undertaking to escape the evils of a great city. Meeting a monk, he took on the monastic habit and lived the life of a hermit under the shadow of that monastery for 3 years.

      After an unpopular and brief spell as the monastery's abbot, he left and resumed life in his cave. News of his sanctity and miracles spread. For those who visited and wished to stay, St Benedict established 12 monasteries in the surrounding area, placing superiors in charge, and writing for them a Rule, upon which Benedictine monasticism today is based. He himself remained as Abbot over all and eventually took up residence at the 13th monastery, Monte Cassino, where he also died, and which was the site of a bitter battle between the Allies and the Germans during WWII.

      The purpose of St Benedict's Rule, characterised by moderation, is to bring men "back to God by the labour of obedience, from whom they have departed by the idleness of disobedience" (Rule of St Benedict, Prologue).

      "The regeneration of the individual, except in abnormal cases, is not reached by the path of solitude, nor by that of austerity, but by the beaten path of man's social instinct, with its necessary conditions of obedience and work" (New Avent Encyclopaedia).