Today is Prison Sunday, which is celebrated in the Catholic Church of Australia on the first Sunday of November.
Prison Sunday brings attention to the plight of prisoners and highlights the important work that prison chaplains undertake.
As Pope Francis has said: “The task of a chaplain is to let the prisoners know that the Lord is inside them. No cell is so isolated that it can keep the Lord out. He is there. He cries with them, works with them, hopes with them. His paternal and maternal love arrives everywhere.”
We thank our prison chaplains across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains for their accompaniment of some of the most marginalised people in our community, and we pray that the Lord blesses them with gifts of care, compassion and hope.