Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) helps Christians in more than 130 countries, especially where they suffer persecution or oppression for their faith. The foundation of ACN’s activities is faith and love, which includes fidelity to the Holy Father and adherence to the Catholic Church. ACN’s mission is to advance the Christian religion by supporting and promoting the Church and to further the other charitable work of the Church.
Catholic groups in London and Hertfordshire
We’ve put together lots of the Catholic groups and organisations that you can get involved with in the Diocese of Westminster – from volunteer work to joining a community. You can use our filter tool below if you’re looking for something in particular.
If you’re looking to join a group that meets up regularly, like once a week, then check out What’s On. This includes Parish Youth Groups.
The Cardinal Hume Centre is a charity based in central London, supporting people who feel they have nowhere to turn. It enables people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness. The Centre gives homeless young people, families in need and local people the support they need to realise their full potential. The Centre focuses on four areas of need: income, housing, education and skills, and legal status.
Caritas shares the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world. We are inspired by the Gospels, by the teachings of the Catholic Church and by the hopes of people living in poverty. We encourage everyone to respond to humanitarian disasters, to promote integral human development and to advocate on the causes of poverty and violence.
We are an international pro-life group, committed to maintaining a peaceful and prayerful presence outside the abortion clinics where our brothers and sisters are put to death. We unite ourselves with these victims, in solidarity with their pain and pray in reparation for the injustice being performed on their tiny bodies. We offer our support to mothers and fathers by providing them with literature and details of the help available.
The Little Way Association is a registered Roman Catholic charity, inspired by St Therese of Lisieux, that aims to help the poor, needy and sick in developing countries. Their mission is to help missionaries make Christ known and loved; to follow the Little Way by imitating St Therese in her love of God and others; and to help all priests and missionaries by prayer and sacrifice.
Open Doors is an international ministry serving persecuted Christians and churches worldwide. We supply Bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services. We also seek to mobilise the church in the UK & Ireland not only to serve Christians living under religious persecution but also to learn from them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
SPUC is the world’s first pro-life lobbying and educational organisation. Its mission is to affirm, defend and promote the existence and value of human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and to defend and protect human life generally. SPUC represents a voice for the unborn. SPUC promotes awareness of the humanity of the unborn child to encourage more widespread recognition of the obligation to defend those with no means to defend themselves.
The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need. The Society is a lay organisation founded in Paris by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions. In the spirit of justice and charity, SVP seeks to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.