CAFOD Stall at St Peter’s Catholic School Christmas Fayre

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CAFOD Christmas Fayre Stall

On Sunday the 2 December, our school held an annual Christmas Fayre. Our team here at St Peter’s thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to raise money and awareness for CAFOD. We set up a stall in our gym and decorated it with a variety of resources provided by some of the people at CAFOD. We also had some resources sent to us like leaflets and cards; these were handed out to the attendees of the event and explained. We also ran a game to guess how many plastic balls were in a jar, for which we charged 50p a guess. Through this we raised £61.50. Below is a picture from the event.

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‘Aspire not to have more but to BE more.’

(Sebastien Student of St Peter’s Catholic School)

CAFOD Arundel and Brighton would like to thank Sebastien and the other students on The Young Leaders’ Programme for their enterprise in organising and running the stall and, importantly, for raising this money for CAFOD. We feel sure this will inspire others to use their creativity and talents so as ‘not to have more but BE more’.

For further ideas on school fundraising go to: School-fundraising

 

Hannah Jordan represents CAFOD Arundel and Brighton at COP24

CAFOD campaigner Hannah Jordan in Poland, COP24 Credit Rosie Heaton

Hannah with some CAFOD campaigners

Thirty campaigners from CAFOD were invited to join the delegation to the UN climate summit in 2018, where world leaders met to agree how the goals of the Paris Agreement could be pushed forward and limit emissions to 1.5 degrees.

Read CAFOD’s response to the Paris Agreement

The CAFOD delegates, travelled by coach from 5-11 December to Katowice and Krakow in Poland, where the climate talks were held. This was an opportunity to learn about the decision-making process, hear from other campaigners across Europe on living sustainably and campaigning on climate change, reflect on partner stories and bear witness with others for change.

CAFOD campaigners Hannah Jordan and Harriet Rees at COP24 rally Credit Rosie Heaton

“Let us be protectors of creation” POPE FRANCIS

We are very proud that Hannah Jordan from our Diocese of Arundel and Brighton represented us and here is a reflection of her experience.

‘My experience in Poland was a massive eye opener for both my faith and activism towards climate change. ‘The March’ united thousands of nationalities, all determined to achieve our common goal of climate justice. Being in Poland with CAFOD has motivated me to spread awareness of the real effects of climate change on people’s lives and what we can do to help them through our faith.’

We thank Hannah for sharing her reflection and feel sure that others will be motivated by her experience.

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Pope Francis announces the World Day of Prayer and Fasting for Family Fast Day

At his weekly audience, Pope Francis invited parishioners join the World Day of Prayer and Fasting on Friday 23 February, which is our Lent Fast Day

Pope Francis motivated us to keep in our prayers the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan during the Lent Fast Day.  The Catholic Church, CAFOD and many other partners are providing a safety net for the victims of violence, giving psychological support, medical services and access to justice for rape victims.

More than 1 million people are estimated to have been displaced by violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo

More than 1 million people are estimated to have been displaced by violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo

As a partner of Caritas,  we’ve mainly been working with national Church structures at parish, diocesan and national levels in many African countries. The DRC is devastated by a civil war that killed almost four million people. Many as half a million women and girls have been victims of extreme sexual violence carried out by armed groups.

South Sudan - sever drought and conflict have left millions of people in need of humanitarian aid

South Sudan – sever drought and conflict have left millions of people in need of humanitarian aid

In the meantime, South Sudan is facing a major humanitarian crisis, caused by severe drought and an on-going conflict. We provide food and water to people who have been forced out of their homes by fighting, promote peace and justice, and provide education.

On Family Fast Day we will be fasting and praying not just with Catholics in England and Wales but Catholics across the entire world, and as Pope Francis suggested we are calling to everyone to pray and support our campaign in the DRC and South Sudan.

Money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.Funds raised for our Lent appeal go towards CAFOD’s general funds which resources our work in these countries. This year, money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.

Please remember to pray on Family Fast Day, the 23rd of February.