Meg, a CAFOD Southwark Media Volunteer, recently enjoyed two wonderful examples in the Diocese of Southwark how the young showed their love for our Common Good as they heard about Climate Change and CAFOD’s Share a Green Heart Campaign.
Comments from Meg:
It’s always interesting to see how the young perceive our planet.
As part of CAFOD’s Share a green heart campaign last St. Valentine’s Day, children shared what the world meant to them.
The catechists, from Christ Church, held a liturgy for the children on Sunday, 19 February. During mass, about 40 children, ranging in age from three to five years, sang (complete with hand gestures) the song “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”
They were also read the creation story. When asked what they loved about the world, the children were quick with their answers: Butterflies! Sharks! Stars! Even the parents seemed equally excited to see so much youthful enthusiasm. It was the first time the catechists, led by Eileen, held a liturgical campaign for the children.
“It was really good,” recalls Eileen. “They were really engaged. The world seemed very real to them. I was glad I was able to use my CAFOD resources to explain about Laudato Si’ to them and to their parents.”
The children also received some stickers from their arts and crafts activity, which they were more than happy to take home with them.
At a second memorable event, says Meg, CAFOD supporter Marine in London Bridge took a more personal approach.
She invited Borough mothers and their children into her home, where she’d set up arts and crafts, and then just chatted with them.
Marine asked the children what they liked about the environment?
“I like to play football in the grass,” said one boy while one little girl described her appreciation by making a bird out of clay. The children then drew, took pictures and made felt green hearts.
At the end of their two-hour activity, they took home the fruits of their labour, along with the green heart stickers.
Marine said : “I was really happy to promote CAFOD and start a conversation with Borough mothers and their children.”
“It’s always a delight when young individuals participate in these campaigns”, says Meg. “After all it’s the children who will benefit most from a better and greener world. “May we all work together to make sure the butterflies and birds and sharks stay alive for our Common Home”.