LOVE IS CIVIC & POLITICAL: Our Faith and the Common Good

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You are warmly invited to join us for a CAFOD Faith in Action day.

Previously known as retreats, the Faith in Action days are free and open to all; whether you are new to campaigning, want to learn more about campaigning or you joined us a long time ago, you are very welcome. 

From Trump to Brexit to climate, politics is everywhere. But when should we pray from the side-lines 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 amazing results.

At this CAFOD day, we’ll explore the links between faith and politics.

Join us and reflect on Scripture and Church teaching.

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One World Week

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From the 20 to 27 October 2019, it is One World Week. Here, CAFOD volunteer Katie Alstead explains what the theme is for this year, and how you can get involved.   

What is One World Week?

One World Week will be uniting charities and communities across the country to tackle one of our Earth’s most pressing concerns: climate change.

Find out about the ways you can get involved

At CAFOD, we’re working together with One World Week in our continued campaign for a more sustainable, fairer future.

Why is it important to get involved?

children with globes st helems.JPGAs Catholics and citizens of the world, we have a responsibility to care and protect God’s earth.

Some of the most vulnerable and poorest communities are already experiencing the devastating effects of climate change as flooding and droughts shake their fragile means of supporting themselves.

Climate change is only growing worse and without serious action, it will be irreversible.

What have CAFOD supporters been doing so far?

you'll die of old age, I'll die of climate change - bridge largeOver the past five years, CAFOD supporters have made inspiring changes to preventing climate change. Last June, we joined Climate Coalition’s peaceful marches.

Learn how you can join the campaign

As part of 12,000 protesters walking the streets of Westminster, we got a staggering 350 MPs out to meet their constituencies and further the action needed for climate change and environmental protection.

How can I get involved?

During One World Week, you can join thousands of others in the Climate Changes Everything week with CAFOD’s campaign, Our Common Home.

st-david-2.pngOur Common Home is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness that we all share one earth, one home. When we unite globally, we’re unstoppable and that’s why we’re asking you to connect with your local parish to help combat climate change together.

You can ask your church to hold a Creation Celebration, and test out some budget (and animal)-friendly recipes in the kitchen.

You can get clued up on the climate with our quiz, or write to your local MP. If you want some extra guidance, we have a MP letter template.

If you’re feeling creative, why not become a Zero Hero fighting for zero net emissions world-wide and check out all the ways you can do it? Remember, if you do get involved with the campaign, make sure to use #ForOurCommonHome on social media.

Together, we can make a difference. Through giving, prayer, and acting, we will fight against climate change.

Today is the Feast of St Francis of Assisi

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Lord God,

You are love and charity,

you are wisdom,

you are humility,

you are patience,

you are beauty,

you are sweetness,

you are safety,

you are rest,

you are joy,

you are our hope and our delight,

you are jLive SImplyustice,

you are moderation

you are all our wealth

and riches overflowing.

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Swansea church invites a change of heart

Jane, Sally & StuartSt David’s Priory RC Church in Swansea invited their parish community to a change of The shared table heart on Sunday 22 September at a special Mass to celebrate creation.

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:25).  God’s gaze, at the beginning of the bible, rests lovingly on his creation.  From habitable land to life-giving waters, from fruit-bearing trees to animals that share our common home, everything is dear in the eyes of God, who offers creation to men and women as a precious gift to be preserved.”

Pope Francis on the World Day of Prayer for Creation   1 September 2019

The Creation Celebration Mass was introduced by two long-serving parish volunteers, Sally Meredith and Stuart Harper, ably supported by Mary, Geraldine, Maureen and Jane.

Barely a day goes by when the newspapers don’t have an article about climate change.  They highlight that the critical time is NOW!

The idea was to come together and engage in a conversation about climate change which is a concern for the whole parish community and to share ideas.

To prepare for the the event, parishioners were also invited to bring in any articles and photos that had made an impact on them and pin them to the display board in church. .

Planet; the creation given to us by our Father to nurture, not plunder.

Pope Francis invites us to a change of heart; individually, as a community and at international level, so we may truly respond to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. LS#49

A superb choir provided the music and lead the congregation with wonderful hymns including: “Here I am Lord” “We come to your feast” “Bread for the world” and “Christ be our light.”

The special the bidding prayers were said in four different languages: Hindi, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish as well as being translated back into English.

It was a very inclusive Mass.  And it was super to see so many young altar servers attending Canon Flook at Mass.

A shared table was organised for after Mass and parishioners and items to bring were carefully co-ordinated to avoid wastage.  There was a wonderful offering of food.

There was a marvellous response from the parish and Stuart Harper compered a climate quiz during lunch. Fabulous entertainment was provided by Keith & Co.

It was a wonderful occasion.  Thanks to a committed, knowledgeable and prayerful parish volunteer team, Canon Flook and enthusiastic fellow parishioners.

Find out more about CAFOD’s action on climate change here. 

Sign the petition to ask the government to stop funding fossil fuels overseas.

Download a prayer for the Care of Creation to use in your parish.

Student climate strikes in Cardiff

you'll die of old age, I'll die of climate change - bridge largeRecently, there were student climate strikes across the UK to ask the government to take climate action. Here, we have a report on the Climate strikes in Cardiff, written by a CAFOD supporter, who attended the march.

On Friday 20th September, over a thousand young people gathered outside Cardiff castle to urge the government to take urgent action to tackle climate change. The sight was amazing.

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Caerphilly Creation Celebration Mass in The Universe

Celebrate God’s gift of creation during Creation Time – 1 September – 4 October with Creation Celebration Mass in your parish and over simple refreshments after Mass ask your fellow parishioners to sign our petition to the government.

The UK government has announced that it will commit in law a by-2050 net zero emissions target. This is good news BUT we now need ambitious and urgent policies to make this announcement a reality.

We’ve produced a “net zero” factsheet which explains what the campaign is asking for.

Sign online here or download a copy of the offline petition and invite your parish community to make their concerns about climate change heard.

Don’t forget to invite your MP or AM to your Creation celebration and why not send them a copy of your petition too.  Here are some useful templates to use to write to them.

Take a look at these prayers of intercession for the climate.

The UK Student Climate Network is co-ordinating a climate strike on Friday 20 September – meeting outside Cardiff Castle at 10 am.

We are NOT encouraging school children to go out on strike. This is something for young people to discuss with their parents and teachers.

We are encouraging everyone, adults and children alike, to stand in solidarity with those young people who are striking on Friday.  Pope Francis has consistently reminded us that the climate crisis we face is urgent and that inter-generational justice is a key element of this.

We have a range of resources for primary and secondary schools to get clued up on climate change and everybody can play their part by writing to their MP and letting them know that they want to see action on climate change.

CAFOD staff have been encouraged to use their lunch breaks to attend local protests, to pray for those taking part in the strikes and to let their MPs know they want to see political action on climate change.

CAFOD campaigns for political action on climate change because it is already having a devastating impact on the poor communities we work with around the world. This campaigning is within our remit as an international development charity dedicated to people living in poverty overseas.

WANTED! SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS IN CARDIFF

Rewarding and fully supported volunteering opportunities available.  Full training provided.

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This Thursday (19 September) brings together our team of Education volunteers at the Mostyn Room, adjacent to the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David right in the centre of Cardiff. (11 am to 3 pm).

We are looking to add to our small team of School Volunteers in the Archdiocese of Cardiff.  So…

Are you a parent with some free days during the week in school term time? Perhaps you have delivered Children’s Liturgy sessions and would like to support young people learn more about CAFOD in a school setting?  Are you a retired teacher or grandparent still keen to share your experience and passion?

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Kind-hearted Merthyr pupils raise over £700 for global communities

A group of pupils from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Merthyr, have held a host of fundraising events to raise over £700 for CAFOD to help overseas communities.

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During the last term, a group of pupils from St Mary’s held an assembly about charity CAFOD’s ‘Give it up’ campaign.

Learn more about CAFOD’s Harvest schools campaign ‘Brighten up’ 

They hoped to educate their peers about problems, such as climate change, facing overseas communities – and tell them how they could help.

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CAFOD UPDATE MEETING AT ABERGAVENNY

Fabian tending his vegetable gardenJoin us after 10.00 am Mass on Friday 13 September at Our Ladye and St Michael’s Priory Church in Abergavenny (NP7 5UD) and learn more about CAFOD’s work around the world.

You may be a CAFOD volunteer preparing for this year’s Family Fast Day or you ay just be interested in learning more about what CAFOD does and where.

We will have the Fast Day guide, tips on scheduling, giving the short talk at Mass, scheduling dates and newsletter inserts – everything you may need to be fully prepared for Friday 4 October – Family Fast day.

Come and hear more about the country of focus this year – Uganda.

Our short talk focusses on Fabiano a 14 year old boy, who had to walk for miles in dangerous conditions to fetch water for his family.

While making this journey one day, he was attacked by a stranger.

Thanks to CAFOD donations, a water pump was installed in his village so he no longer has to risk his safety and education to do fetch water.

Fabian watering his vegetable garden

 

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DEPUTY HEAD OF AFRICA TO SPEAK AT ALL SAINTS NEWPORT

You are warmly invited to St Mary’s Stow Hill (All Saints Pastoral Area) – St Mary’s Institute (parish hall), Stow Hill, Newport (NP20 1TP) on Saturday 21 September at 3.30 pm to meet Damian Marchant – deputy Head of Region for Africa at CAFOD – who will give an update on CAFOD’s work around the world.

James joined CAFOD in 2007 and served overseas for seven years in Latin America and three years in Africa. He will give us a snapshot of the complexity of operating in some extremely insecure environments.

CAFOD has worked in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1970s and James currently holds operation responsibility for CAFOD’s overseas programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and eSwatini (Swaziland).

James will also cover how CAFOD works hand in hand with the church and how knowledge of the local context allows CAFOD to work with communities in a way that is so inspiring.

Come and hear how your support for CAFOD contributes to positive change in the lives of so many communities.

Free event with tea & coffee available.  Feel free to bring a friend or fellow parishioner.  You will all be welcome.

Mass follows at 4.30 p.m.

Further information from CAFOD South Wales on 02920 344 822 or email: southwales@cafod.org.uk