An inspiring talk at Weybridge by Fr Peter Hughes.

Fr Peter Hughes

Fr Peter Hughes

I am sure that all those who attended the talk by Fr Peter Hughes on Saturday 15th July were inspired by his stories of saying mass on a rubbish tip, with his feet slipping due to the wet rubbish and his worry about getting bitten by a stray dog he painted a very vivid picture of the life of a priest in a very impoverished part of Lima, Peru.

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Fr Peter has had a long association with CAFOD and he was the director of CEAPAZ one of CAFOD’s partner in Peru.  He is currently on the board of REPAM the church network for the Pan-amazon and he told us of the work that the church and CAFOD are doing to protect the rainforest and the lives of the indigenous people living there.  He encouraged us to get involved in campaigning by writing to our MPs about the destruction of the amazon and the effect of climate change as the forests are the lungs of the earth.

Fr Peter Hughes

Fr Peter Hughes

Maria Elena from CAFOD’s campaign team spoke to us about the Power To Be campaign and how we can get our parishes involved through card signing and a reflective liturgy. Information on which can be found by clicking the link above. Do let us know if you are interested in holding one and we can help with advertising and advice etc.

 

If you would like to hear Fr Peter’s talk you can sign up for an webinar on Wednesday 19th July at 1pm.

If you are not available at 1pm once you have signed up you can hear the recording at a more convenient time.

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

I would also like to thank Mary Lee our fantastic CAFOD parish volunteer at Christ Prince of Peace for organising a super lunch, and to all those who came to the talk and for their very generous donations.

Horsham Speaks Up

Speak up Five of St Johns HorshamA small crowd gathered today in St John’s Church Horsham to speak up about climate change. As part of the Climate Coalition, CAFOD supporters around the country have been asking their MP’s to highlight the importance of climate change to the Prime Minister.

In Horsham we started with a cup of tea and sharing our thoughts about climate change

We then planted ourselves a seed or two in a pot of the most ethical compost that could

A photo of some plant pots

Some plant pots

be found and took them home. There were some great conversations held about CAFOD and how we work, and our sensitivity and knowledge of local culture. We also took the chance to take part in CAFOD’s new campaign Power to Be and discussed how powerful (no pun intended) a little bit of energy can be in lifting people out of poverty.

Local MP, Jeremy Quinn, had a prior appointment but will be sent a briefing.

Our thanks go to the St John’s parish for hosting us and for those that came to raise their voice on behalf of those in poverty.

Year 6 Pupils from St Edmund’s present Power To Be to Jeremy Hunt MP

Jeremy Hunt with Year 6 pupils at St Edmund's Primary

Jeremy Hunt with Year 6 pupils at St Edmund’s Primary

Many thanks to Jeremy Hunt MP for South West Surrey for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit St Edmund’s RC Primary in Godalming in this Speak up week of Action. The children in Year 6 wrote their thoughts about the Power To Be campaign on rays and three children spoke superbly about the need for the poorest communities to have access to electricity.

Presenting Power to Be to Jeremy Hunt

Presenting Power to Be to Jeremy Hunt

One child wrote “As children we all have a dream. For us if we work hard we can accomplish it . But for children in poorer places it is just a hope because they lack the thing we take for granted – electricity”. Another child wrote “291 million children don’t have electricity at their school which CAFOD are trying to solve.”

Jeremy Hunt talks to Year 6

Jeremy Hunt talks to Year 6

Jeremy listened carefully to what the children had to say and he talked about his experience in Kenya when he visited a school that had solar panels which provided electricity so that the students could study in the evenings . He said ” The CAFOD Power To Be  Campaign was brilliant”, and he acknowledge the work that CAFOD does overseas.

 

Chris Richardson, our fantastic school volunteer then led an assembly for the whole school on the Power to Be Campaign and shared how having electricity can change children lives so that they can achieve their dreams.

Jeremy Hunt addresses the school

Jeremy Hunt addresses the school

I would especially like to thank Sue Hua the Year 6 teacher for her work with the children to enable them to participate in the Power to Be campaign and for organising the morning.  Also many thanks to Elizabeth Higgins the head teacher of St Edmund’s for her support of the campaign and encouraging the children to get involved.

Jo Lewry

 

Thank you to Jeremy Hunt and Year 6.

Thank you to Jeremy Hunt and Year 6.