The recent COVID-19 outbreak may be cause for some despair. Yet Easter is a time for new hope and purpose. Could you help to organise a Fayre for the Care of Creation to bring Catholics together in a call for environmental sustainability?
New Hope and Purpose
As Catholics in Southwark, we find ourselves in the midst of the most unusual Easter season in living memory. A global pandemic has struck our country, closing our churches and leaving many of us confined to our homes. And yet, Easter brings us all new hope and purpose in the face of adversity. As we look forward to our churches reopening, now may be the perfect time to get involved in preparing for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
What is the Care of Creation?
The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation encourages Catholics around the world to pray for the care of our planet. It is due to take place on 1 September 2020. The Care of Creation was inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical which calls for everyone to look after our common home.
In particular, the Day of Prayer is an opportunity for each of us to organise and participate in events that bring the Catholic community together and promote sustainable lifestyles.
Find out more about the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation here.
How Can I Celebrate the Day?
One way of celebrating the Care of Creation would be to help organise a Fayre to raise money for environmentally friendly initiatives in your parish. This would also help bring the Catholic community together in the wake of COVID-19, reasserting our shared commitment to unity in the faith in the face of adversity.
If you are looking for inspiration, the Autumn Fayre at Our Lady of the Annunciation in Croydon is a great place to start.
What Happened at the Autumn Fayre?
In response to CAFOD’s call to go green, organisers decided the Fayre should have a green theme – ‘Our Lady’s Going Green’ – and committed to limiting their environmental impact and reducing waste. There were a wide variety of attractions, from the famed Tombola stall to mini-wildflower gardens, interspersed with food stalls offering a wide range of cuisines from across different cultures. Worry not, there was a system for washing up plates and cutlery to eliminate the need for disposable plastics!
The Fayre was a resounding success, attracting over 800 people and raising £7 500 which was split between three local charities and green enterprises in the Diocese. CAFOD’s director, Christine Allen, noted that the Fayre had “set the parish on an exciting green course”.
Information on how to organise your Care of Creation celebration is available here.
What are You Waiting For?
For now, we are stuck indoors. If you are feeling a tad gloomy about the prospect of another week inside, why not focus your energies on helping to arrange a Fayre to bring Catholics together in unison for the cause of environmental sustainability? We could all do with something to look forward to, and the Easter season gives us the chance to start plotting new beginnings.
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