From Trump to Brexit to climate, politics is everywhere. But when should we pray from the sidelines and when should we roll up our sleeves. The church here and around the world has a proud history of encouraging Catholics’ political reflection and action. With some amazing results. Join us to explore the links between faith and politics and reflect on Scripture and Church teaching. Be inspired. Join us at Ty Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey on Saturday 16 November. This is a free event. Soup & roll lunch provided. Donations accepted. To register your interest please email: email@example.com or call 02920 344882. All welcome
This Lent, the CAFOD appeal shared the story of Mahinur and her family who live in Barishal, a village in rural Bangladesh.
Her community is bearing the brunt of climate change. Drought has killed all the fish in Mahinur’s river meaning she can no longer reply on fishing to earn a living. And, this April, her village was hit by the devastating Cyclone Fani.
Below is an inspiring story about Patricia, a volunteer in Southwark, who is helping the whole diocese to LiveSimply.
Could you spare some time to volunteer here in South Wales?
Contact Therese Warwick on: firstname.lastname@example.org / 02920344882
to find out more.
Do you want to celebrate how you care for creation, and be inspired to go further? Volunteer Patricia is on hand to help you and your community to “Live Simply so that others can simply live”.
Who is Patricia?
Is your community working towards a Livesimply Award?
Patricia is a religious sister of charity. She recently started volunteering at the CAFOD office in Southwark to help with the livesimply award because she believes the way we live is unsustainable.
She says “it is enriching to help make our planet a safer, better place to live. It feeds my soul to be part of anything that nourishes the planet, to help it be a beautiful, productive place for all creatures (big and small!)”
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On 28 September 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.
The results were devastating.
More than 2,100 people were killed, and over 11,000 people were seriously injured. The tsunami that was triggered by the earthquake, struck the capital Palu and overwhelmed nearby towns with surges that reached up to three metres.
In the midst of the disaster and destruction, the UK public responded to help to fund an amazing international response.
“On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those ‘least ones’ who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them,”
“These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary,”
On Saturday 25 July Our Lady, Star of the Sea parish in Burry Port hosted a Creation Mass at their 6.30 evening service. The celebrant was the parish priest Fr Martin Donnelly. The church was transformed into the Garden of Eden by Fr Martin to reflect the beauty and wonder of creation. This included the altar being festooned with animals and clouds, the sun, the moon and stars provided by the local school being hung nearby.
As parishioners and invited guests arrived for the Saturday Vigil they witnessed the transformation and listened to bird song until Mass began.
Fr Martin explained the importance holding a special Creation Celebration Mass and remembering how God had entrusted the care of Creation to us. He also stressed the importance of listening to Pope Francis; in Laudato Si‘ the Holy Father has described how our beautiful planet has been despoiled and exploited for profit. We all need to value Creation.
“Creation is the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things.” Laudato Si #77
Our Lady, Star of the Sea parish in Burry Port is holding the first Creation Celebration Mass in the Archdiocese on Saturday 25 May at 6.30 pm. Followed by tea & coffee and conversation about climate change. Parishioners from any parish are cordially invited to attend.
What is a Creation Celebration? It’s just one element of CAFOD’s new climate campaign: “Our Common Home.”
As Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si (#14)’:
“We need a conversation which includes
everyone, since the environmental
challenge we are undergoing, and its
human roots, concern and affect us all.”
To avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Going above 1.5°C warming could multiply hunger, migration and conflict.
To avoid this, we need the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2045. This will mean Britain no longer contributes to climate change.
When we donate to an appeal – Lent, Harvest or an emergency – or make a regular gift – we all want to know and trust that our money will reach the people who need it most.
Here’s how your compassion and generous support for our Lent appeal in 2018 when you donated a fantastic £4.3 million, which was doubled by the UK government through matched funding, is working to save lives in Zimbabwe.
Fiona and her two children in Zimbabwe (above) will receive a vegetable garden.
Since last year’s Lenten appeal, our local nutrition experts have been working hard to reach the most vulnerable people – children, pregnant women, breastfeeding Mums and older members of the community – and ensure they’re getting a good meal.
So far we’ve reached a total of 4,293 people. And we’re on track to reach 239,000 people across Zimbabwe, Eritrea and Zambia by the end of 2021.
One year on from our 2018 appeal, we revisit some of the people you met last year in Zimbabwe.
A vegetable garden for the Mudzemeti family
When we met Fiona, she was worried about her youngest son Pardon, who was showing signs of malnutrition. But Fiona and her husband Peter have just received the good news that their village will be receiving a vegetable garden.
A charity concert held at Belmont Abbey and performed by pupils from St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, Hereford has raised more than £500 for CAFOD.
The event on Thursday 11 April brought the total raised for CAFOD since 2013 to an impressive £20,000.
The spring concert took place in a new venue this year – the beautiful Pugin designed monastery at Belmont Abbey.
Pupils from across the school performed a mixture of orchestral pieces, instrumental ensembles and solo pieces.
Parents, friends and teachers were joined by monks from the Benedictine community, sharing in the experience of the wonderful acoustics that Belmont Abbey provides.
CAFOD is a founding member of the DEC (The Disasters Emergency Committee).
The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis to provide and deliver aid.
The DEC responds to disasters in the world’s poorest countries,using a set of criteria to help it decide when to launch an appeal and how it can be most effective.
The 14 member agencies are experts in humanitarian aid, delivering effective disaster response and swift humanitarian assistance to those that need it most.
The decisions about how your donations are allocated to each member agency when a disaster strikes are taken in advance, based on each charity’s ability to deliver aid where it is needed.
The DEC makes certain that how it spends your money ensures that communities receive the urgent humanitarian aid required, as well as long term support to rebuild their lives after a disaster.
So we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you for your extremely generous support for the DEC Cyclone Idai appeal – in parishes and in schools. It’s truly humbling.
As of 7 April the DEC and its member charities had raised over £29 million for people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai.
Thank you too to people in Wales who donated to DEC Cymru – raising over £850,000.
Sadly more than 1000 people have lost their lives and and almost 3 million people are affected. And now Mozambique has confirmed 3,100 cases of cholera and six deaths. A huge vaccination programme is underway.
Listen to a live report from Gabriele Bertani CAFOD’s country representative speaking from Maputo on the situation on the ground, our intervention and challenges affecting the lives of millions of people.
Just click on the link below to listen to the recording.
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This will be a long-term aid effort to help families to start to rebuild their lives.
Please consider donating to CAFOD’s Cyclone Idai emergency appeal.
Please continue to pray for all those affected by this disaster.
O Lord, be near to your people now,
as they face devastation and loss.
Stay close to those who are broken-hearted
and hold fast to those whose spirit is crushed.
Lead us and guide us for our hope rests in you.
Inspire us to reach out
and answer the cries of those in need.
So that those who mourn may be comforted,
those who are frightened find courage,
those who hunger and thirst may be satisfied
and those who are homeless find refuge.
O God, make haste,
hear the cry of your people,
help us, our shield, our strength and our rock.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.