Pray, act and raise fund : One year in Christ the King parish

Ewan Collins is a volunteer at Christ the King in Wimbledon Park in London. He is part of the Justice and Peace (J&P) group in the parish. In that J&P group he is the link to CAFOD. We asked him to tell us what were the main activities in the parish. Discover how the parish is putting their faith in action with CAFOD. Easter brings hope to all of us. Take this time at home to plan and be ready to bring hope in your parish and do activities like Christ the King when the churches reopen!    

Feeding our faith

Laudato Si’ treasure trail in Wimbledon Park led by Jesuits visiting the parish for a mission.

Laudato Si’ treasure trail in Wimbledon Park led by Jesuits visiting the parish for a mission.

Cafod’s projects and campaigning on climate change has really energised the parish behind the issue. In 2018, we held a Laudato Si’ crafts workshop for the kids after Mass – who made ‘sustainable bunting’ from leaves and twine – whilst the adults discussed some of Cafod’s insightful literature over vegetarian lunch. We continued in 2019, with a Laudato Si’ treasure trail around the local Wimbledon Park led by Jesuits visiting the parish for a mission. Around 50 people went round the park, stopping at various points for a reading and related activity from each chapter of the encyclical.

Explore Laudato Si

Campaigning

Fr. Anthony about reflecting on what we need to change in our own life style.

Fr. Anthony about reflecting on what we need to change in our own life style.

We kept up the momentum by holding a Cafod Creation Mass in November. We included special Creation-themed music and our parish priest, Fr Anthony, delivered an excellent sermon on Laudato Si. He encouraged us to reflect on what we need to change in our own lifestyles. Meanwhile, the children’s liturgy was all themed around creation and they offered plants and a tree at the offertory which were then planted in the parish garden.

Organise World Day of Prayer for the care of Creation (1st Sept)   

One of our parishioners was also able to attend the Time Is Now mass lobby of Parliament over summer to encourage our MP on the issue, and local councillors have attended several of our events and are supportive of local green initiatives e.g. more electric charging points.

Discover how to know your MP 

Raising Fund

The parish also continued to generously support Cafod’s work with donations. Our Cafod collection box at the entrance of the church remained full throughout the year.

The Lent and Harvest Family Fast Day appeals were also successful, and we ate a simple soup lunch after Mass to mark CAFOD Fast Day.

Jazz Live Performance by a retired parishioner pianist.

Jazz Live Performance by a retired parishioner pianist.

In June, we held a quiz and live music evening in aid of CAFOD’s work responding to Cyclone Idai. There were tunes from a retired professional pianist and jazz from a music student both in the parish, whilst we ate dinner. We heard about the devastation in Mozambique, and attendees also wrote climate pledges about what they would do to reduce their climate impact. We know we need to do more than just give money.

We kept our passion for CAFOD’s work alive with another quiz and music evening on 25 January, this time in aid of CAFOD’s work in Syria. We raised £2,385!

How to raise funds in your Parish

We also regularly share news about CAFOD’s work to the hundreds of people on our parish facebook group, and we’re working this year on getting a card machine to make donating easier. We’re all very privileged to support CAFOD and continue to pray for the work of all the staff and the lives of all the beneficiaries.

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