In August, parishioners from Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles and Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Llanelli and Holyrood and St Teilo in Tenby have been adding their support to CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign which is raising awareness of the power of the sun when it is harnessed as a renewable energy source – producing electricity in developing countries.
Parishioners signed campaign cards after Mass in both parishes. Many thanks to Fr Mansel Usher, Fr James Sweeney and Fr Hart (standing in for Fr Michael Fewell) for their support in getting this important message out to a wider audience.
The July liveSimply meeting at St Mary’s RC Church in Monmouth saw members kick off their parish involvement with CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign.
The campaign card itself is being sent to Melanie Robinson, UK Executive director at the World Bank petitioning her to stay true to the UK’s commitment to tackling poverty and climate change by supporting access to renewable, safe, reliable and affordable energy for the poorest communities.
On Friday 14 July, members of the LiveSimply group in Monmouth/Ross-on-Wye parishes met with Dr Jesse Norman MP at his surgery in the Larruperz Centre in Ross.
CAFOD recently launched a new campaign during the Climate Coalition’s Week of Action at the beginning of July. In case you missed it – it’s called the Power to Be.
Volunteers from around the South West region which, in CAFOD terms, includes the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the diocese of Menevia, travelled to St Bonaventure’s parish in Bristol to meet country representatives who are working in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ethiopia.
On Monday 22 May, our new Campaign co-ordinators met in the Cardiff Volunteer Centre to look at the new Power to Be campaign and how we would like more of our parish communities in Cardiff and Menevia to put their faith into action by getting involved in campaigning on behalf of the world’s poorest communities.
Stella Westmacott and her husband Paul, have a wealth of knowledge about environmental issues and based in the lovely parish of Holy Cross, Pontyberem near Carmarthen. John Fellows is our go-to campaigner in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Cardiff where he is parishioner.
We are looking to get as many people as possible involved in CAFOD’s next week of action on climate change, coming up from 1- 9 July 2017.
We are here to help encourage and support people to organise local events during the week, and if possible, inviting their newly elected local MP to join them.
CAFOD exercises strong and transparent stewardship of your donations to ensure that the money reaches the communities in most need.
But campaigning is an intrinsic part of our work. We need to raise awareness of the root cases of poverty and the structures that keep people in poverty. Sadly climate change hit the world’s poorest communities first and hardest.
So we are looking for volunteers to help with the Power To Be campaign. It’s a sad fact but one in six people in the world are still living without electricity. The hopes of millions of children are too often a distant dream.
Here are the answers to many frequently asked questions.
There are many ways to get involved and Stella, John and Therese will be contacting parishes across the dioceses to ask if you can get involved.
If you would like more information before their call, then please get in touch.
The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming. Pope Francis (Laudato Si’ #51)
On the last evening in May (Wednesday 31), the stage was set for International Hustings in Swansea at St Mary’s Church.
The event was jointly organised by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and the Church in Wales and was chaired by the Rt Revd John Davies, Bishop of Swansea and Brecon.
It was an opportunity for our campaign volunteers from CAFOD to question representatives from the main political parties about key international issues within the remit of Westminster and the UK government.
We’ve talked a lot about Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato si’ – on climate and justice which asks us all:
“to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home”
In the parish of St Michael in Brecon, parishioners really responded to Pope Francis’ call to action “to be protectors of God’s handiwork” which he says is essential to a life of virtue. It’s not an optional nor a secondary aspect of our Christian experience (#217)
We are delighted to be able to offer a day of reflection to all our supporters and volunteers on the vision of Pope Francis for a renewed Church that is more connected to the plight of the poor, and lives out a vocation of helping those in greatest need.
Ysgol Gatholig Sant Ffransis, Aberdaugleddau – St Francis Catholic School in Milford Haven played their part in turning little fish into Big Fish for CAFOD’s Lent appeal in March.
There was a wonderful display in the hall with many colourful Mr Fish and thoughtful prayers that the children had shared.