PACT Celebration of Mass for People in Prison and their Families

22 February at 5:30pm in the Cathedral

A toddler watches a prison officer through one of the locked barred doors during a family visit in HMP Brixton, South London on the 26th of July 2016, London United Kingdom. The Prisoner Advice & Care Trust (PACT) organise special family days that help the men inside the prison connect with and support their partners and children on the outside. (photo by Andy Aitchison)

“Pact gave me hope when I thought I was never going to be able to see my son in prison. They were like a light in what was a really dark time”

Pact is the national Catholic prison charity providing support to men and women in prison and their children and families. We work in four prisons in the diocese of Hallam as well as in the community.

The UK incarcerates more people per capita than any other country in Western Europe. A record 100, 000 children across England & Wales will go to bed tonight knowing that their mum or dad is in prison. Families in our communities who are affected by imprisonment serve a ‘hidden sentence’ of stigma, social isolation, and perhaps material hardship.

On Thursday 22 February at 5:30pm in the Cathedral, Bishop Ralph Heskett will celebrate Mass for people in prison and their families. Pact CEO Andy Keen-Downs and the charity’s Faith in Action team will be there. We warmly invite you to join us, in solidarity with people affected by imprisonment. Stay and talk over refreshments in Houlden Hall afterwards. We would love to meet you and tell you more about what we do to support our brothers and sisters in prison in the diocese, and their children and families.

Contact Theresa and Marie, Pact’s Faith in Action team: [email protected]

Find out more:  prisonadvice.org.uk