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.

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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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.