A Happy New Year For All

We often make resolutions for the new-year, promises that will improve our lives and those of others. Why not make volunteering for CAFOD your resolution?

Many of the biggest changes in the world have come from groups of people saying ‘I will’ together. Help us share God’s love by ending poverty. Help us reach everyone in poverty.

We need people in our local Churches raising awareness of poverty and our work to alleviate it. We need people to visit schools, or contact their MPs on issues of importance. We need people to pray for our work. Could you make this your number one resolution?

Two of our wonderful volunteers, Jackie and Brian

Two of our wonderful volunteers, Jackie and Brian

Could you take up one of these resolutions to change the world? Click on the links to find out more.

  1. Volunteer for CAFOD – In parishes, schools or in many other ways – see above.
  2. Pray for the work of CAFOD and our world one day each week.
  3. Make a regular gift to support our work. You can even specifically support our work in emergencies or in your Parish’s Connect2 Community.
  4. Write (or change) your will this year. Could you consider leaving a gift to CAFOD? We have info on how to do this for free.
  5. Use our resources in church with Confirmation, Communion or Children’s Liturgy.
  6. Sign up to receive updates from our blog.
  7. Campaign with us – raise your voice about issues of injustice.
  8. Hold an event in your community to raise awareness or funds for CAFOD – Use your talents, passions and your imagination. Do what you enjoy, and do it for CAFOD. Our Family Fast Day is a perfect opportunity to do this.
  9. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
  10. Become an MP Correspondent – help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power

Contact us on 01483 898 866 or arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk and let’s try and make this a happy new year for all. It will be a New Year’s Revelation.

Come Lord Jesus, come and let your light shine through us so that through our actions we may be salt for the earth, a light in people’s sight and that we might reach out to you in one another, especially those in need.

Hymns about Justice, Peace and charity

Two choir boys Martin and Stephen

Music can add much to a liturgy or prayer time

Many people organise services and prayer times around global issues and struggle to think of suitable hymns, or at least a range of them. While we have a range of prayer times and liturgies for parishes and schools ready to use as an off the shelf resource, people often like to substitute hymns or create their own prayer times.

Here are some suggestions.

  • All Creatures of Our God and King – St Francis of Assisi (c. 1225)/William Draper (c. 1910)
  • Brother, Sister Let me Serve you – Richard AM Gillard, ©1977 Scripture in Song, Integrity Inc.
  • Christ Be Our Light – Bernadette Farrell, ©2003, 2000 Bernadette Farrell
  • Christ has no Body on Earth but Yours – John Michael Talbot, © 1987 Birdwing Music
  • From Heaven you Came (The Servant King) – Graham Kendrick, ©2010 Thankyou Music
  • God of Justice – Tim Hughes, ©2004 Thankyou Music
  • God’s Spirit is in My Heart – Alan Dale & Hubert J Richards ©1969 Vanguard Music Corp
  • How Long – Al Gordon, ©2010 Thankyou Music
  • Laudato Si’ O Mi Signore – Damian Lundy ©1981 Kevin Mayhew Ltd
  • Let there be Love – David Bilborough – ©1979 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music
  • Make me a Channel of Your Peace – St Francis of Assisi/Sebastian Temple ©1967 OCP Publications
  • One Bread, One Body – John B Foley ©1978 John B Foley
  • Peace is Flowing like a River – Anonymous, Arr. © 1993, GIA Publications, Inc
  • Peace Perfect Peace – Kevin Mayhew, ©1976 Kevin Mayhew Ltd
  • Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God – Karen Lafferty 1971, © 1972 CCCM Music/Maranatha! Music
  • Sent by the Lord am I – José Aguiar, Tr. ©1991, Jorge Maldonado
  • The Kingdom of God is Justice and Peace – Communaute de Taizé, ©2000 Les Presses de Taizé
  • The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor – John B Foley ©1978, 1991 John B Foley
  • The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me?) – John L. Bell, ©1987
  • This is What Yahweh asks of You – Mary McGann ©1974 Ephpeta House

We are sure there are many more out there, please do suggest additions in the comments box below and we will gladly add them to our list. Do have a look at our prayer resources, they are easy to use and can help bring a community together in love for our world and all who dwell in it.

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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