What Makes the Difference?

Martin Brown Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD

Martin Brown Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD

I was recently interviewed by someone doing a research project on the approach and attitude of churches towards climate change. It was a very interesting set of questions and the most was left for the end: ‘What really makes the difference between a church being active or not?’

During the interview we talked about different priorities that different Christians or Catholics have and how high ‘care of creation’ ranks in those priorities.

We talked about Pope Francis’ letter, Laudato Si (on the care of our common home), his call to action and how he joins together the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. We talked about how one of the chapters is called ‘The Gospel of Creation’ – how God is revealed to us in creation and how creation itself is a good thing. We talked about how this Gospel is under threat and how strongly we would act if humanity were gradually cutting bits out of the Gospel according to John or Matthew.

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Three Little Pigs, Christmas Gifts and a School Full of Smiles

One Little Pig in The Philippines

One Little Pig in The Philippines

Four Years ago, this November, Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm to make landfall, hit The Philippines. Schools, parishes and individuals generously donated to our emergency appeal which raised £5.4 Million in total. The response from schools was fantastic with a huge range of fundraising activities arranged from cake sales to 24-hour basketball marathons.

We have a team of Schools Visitors who can offer an interactive assembly for your primary school which is especially accessible for Key Stage One as it is includes the story of the 3 Little Pigs.

Advent is on the way

With Advent quickly approaching our volunteer visitors can also help ensure our global family are part of your reflections and celebrations.

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A Three Course Meal for a Fiver in St Leonard’s

Kevin and Linda Dignum, parish volunteers from the Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury in the Parish of the Good Shepherd, St. Leonards-on-Sea tell us about their recent Harvest Supper.

A Harvest of Plenty (of cheese, bread, salad etc).

A Harvest of Plenty (of cheese, bread, salad etc) – Just one of the courses on offer!

The sum of £454.70 was raised for Connect2:Peru at our annual Harvest Supper on Sunday October 1st. This year the menu consisted of home-made soup, a Ploughman’s supper and apple crumble – a 3 course meal for £5!

The CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Prayer cards were on the tables and used for our Grace.  Harvest Gifts which had been donated at the morning’s Harvest Festival Mass were sold and the usual raffle was held.

We are extremely grateful to Sheila and Theresa for all their hard work in organising the event this year and for doing the catering –   a very successful evening enjoyed by about 60 parishioners.

Our thanks go to Kevin and Linda, Sheila and Theresa and the Parish of the Good Shepherd for their kind support and generosity.

A Harvest Offering. Food donated was sold to help fund work in Peru.

A Harvest Offering. Food donated was sold to help fund work in Peru.