On 2 September, the community of Caerphilly came together to hold a Creation Celebration – a special event where people celebrate the environment – and ask the local MP, Wayne David, to take urgent action to tackle climate change.
The local parish of St Helens, Caerphilly, was transformed with decorations and offerings including globes and plants for the Creation Celebration, which was organised by CAFOD volunteers and attended by over 30 members of the local community.
The mass included special readings around the theme of the environment and CAFOD volunteer Berenice Williams gave a reflection.
“It was a really great event and helped to raise awareness about the importance of acting to reduce our environmental impact,” said CAFOD volunteer, Berenice Williams.
During the mass, there were readings from Laudato Si’ and Genesis. All the young children who attended really enjoyed singing the hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’.
Berenice continued: “The mass was a lovely opportunity to reflect, and think about what we could change in our own lives to make a real difference to help both our local community and the wider world.”
After the mass, the congregation came together to sign a petition addressed to the UK government asking for faster and more effective climate action.
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The Creation Celebration then continued in the Parish Hall where everyone brought a picnic to eat together while discussing the importance of nature to local life – including the impact of the sea and coastal areas.
Therese Warwick, CAFOD’s local representative in South Wales who attended the event, said:
“We would like to say a massive thank you to the community of St Helens for organising this Creation celebration – and would like to give special thanks to Canon John Kelly for helping to organise the special service.
“Events like these show that communities are serious about taking responsibility and forging new habits – and this gives hope that together, we can turn the tide.”
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