Bishop Richard Moth, Liaison Bishop for Prisons, asks that as a Church we mark Prisoners’ Sunday, Sunday 11 October. It is a day to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and their children. Prisoners’ Sunday is the occasion to make a difference and be there for those who most need our support.
"On this occasion I ask you to please pray for all those affected by the whirlwind that is the Criminal Justice System," said Bishop Moth. "Encourage your parishioners to volunteer their time to help those affected – perhaps through one of Pact’s programmes, and if possible to please hold a retiring collection in your church for the work of Pact."
The Prison Advice & Care Trust or Pact is a charity works in all areas of the Criminal Justice System from the Courts to parole of ex-offenders. It's goal is to support prisoners and their families to make a fresh start and to minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment on offenders, families and communities.
Two services of Pact which may be of a particular help is their free phone helpline for anyone with a friend or family member in prison (Freephone number below). The other is their Basic Caring Communities programme which enables parishioners to befriend those coming out of prison. Details of these services and other ways in which we can help those affected by imprisonment are in the Parish Pack Below.
The Parish Pack also contains sermon suggestions written by Fr Roger Reader (Lead RC Prison Chaplain), a children’s Liturgy resource prepared by Joanne Hornby (Pact’s Chaplain), and an appeal from Pact to hold a retiring collection.
Freephone helpline offering support and information for those with a family member or friend in prison: 0808 808 3444
Parish Pack 5.51 MB
This "pack" contains sermon suggestions, children's Liturgy resources and more.
Prisons Poster A3 541.33 kB
A3 Poster for use with Prisoners Sunday.
Pew Cards 881.13 kB
Pew cards for use with Prisoners Sunday 2015.
Prisons Week Leaflet 2015 642.18 kB
Prayers for use in the week of Prayer for Prisons.