Let’s Speak Out in Solidarity

Nicole Crosbourne, a CAFOD volunteer, provides information about an upcoming CAFOD event. 

Can you help us inspire others to change to world around us? This CAFOD Essentials Day on Saturday 9th September we will be holding a workshop all about campaigning, why it is so important and how you can help spread the word.

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A CAFOD Volunteer Getting Ready to Speak at Mass

Campaigning is crucial to our work at CAFOD as our campaign volunteers speak out in solidarity with the world’s poorest communities whilst publicizing the work we do. Whether you are interested in speaking out in mass about our campaigns, or just putting up posters within your local parish, you will be able to motivate others in your community to get involved.

By speaking out we can reflect our Catholic values and show compassion for our neighbours and care for our common home. Campaigning can be a means of putting our faith into action and inspire us to recognise the power we have in our daily lives over the decisions we make.

“I campaign as a tangible way of expressing my faith. Our parish priest is supportive and sees action just as important as fundraising.” Jim Quinn, CAFOD Campaigning Volunteer, Birmingham

Power to be

Our Latest Power To Be Campaign

Our campaigning tackles a vairety of issues within our worldwide community. Our latest ‘Power To Be’ campaign speaks out about the importance of sustainable energy access and stewardship. We are also campaigning about the refugee crisis, climate change and the causes of poverty – not just the symptoms. There’s something for everyone to get involved. By speaking out for justice within our communities we can support the work we do overseas beyond fundraising.

Get involed

CAFOD Campaiging Volunteers

As a CAFOD campaigning volunteer, you will be able to communicate  and act proactively to inform others about our latest news and resources. You can even campaign online through social media, blogs and comments on posts to reach larger audiences. Your words can inspire someone else to make a difference too. You will also be invited to upcoming events for training where you will get the chance to meet other volunteers from around England and Wales.

If you are interested in working to encourage others to act, book your place now at our Essentials Day next Saturday 9th September. We will be hosting other engaging workshops, reflections and a bring and share lunch. You can also contact us on southwark@cafod.org.uk or 02084 66 99 01 for more information.

Parishioners petition for ‘Power to be’ while enjoying a walk in nature

On the 5th of  August, St. John Fisher RC supported the world’s poor communities by signing petitions to the World Bank and local MPs while enjoying the day surrounded by nature. Sidney Magdaong, a media volunteer from the US, describes the day according to CAFOD volunteer, Tony Creed:

While spending the day enjoying God’s creation, the church group from St. John Fisher demonstrated their support for the campaign “Power to be“.

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Campaigners enjoying a scenic walk out in nature

The participants who joined in this event enjoyed a lovely day out on a picnic and nature walk. According to Tony, the walk included several scenic activities, including a ‘spot the ten varieties of trees’ competition, butterfly sightings (including the Jersey Tiger Moth), wild flowers galore, historic buildings, and a pub stop (to avoid the thunderstorm, that is).

In the midst of all the outdoor fun, supporters of the campaign signed a petition, asking local MPs David Evennett and James Brokenshire to support actions to limit climate change, which harshly impacts the developing world.

As a part of the “Power to be” campaign, they also signed a petition to the World Bank, asking them to grant loans to the one sixth of the world’s poorest people who do not have electricity; therefore, they have difficulty in participating in the same quality of life as other impoverished people who do possess this valuable resource. The campaign also calls for shifting the spending towards renewable energy in order to provide impoverished communities with a safer, more reliable source of energy.

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Participants strolling through a field of wheat

Sign our petition to the World Bank to provide the poor with more accessible energy

Although I personally wasn’t able to enjoy the day, reading about the campaigns these parishioners were supporting made me think more deeply about the issues of climate and its impact on impoverished people.  They are deeply interlinked and climate change is causing more damage in developing countries than it is in the development world.  Climate change has a strong, negative impact on poor communities, and thus it is important for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to lobby MPs and the Government by asking them to stand in solidarity with creation and our brothers and sisters overseas.

Many thanks to Tony Creed, the organizer for this event, who mentions that all who joined in this outing “had the most wonderful day.”

Running Your Own Fast Day

Nicole Crosbourne, a CAFOD volunteer, provides information and advertises for an upcoming CAFOD event. 

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A Community in El Salvador

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is less than six weeks away. As we are celebrating 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, it seemed appropriate to have our Harvest Fast Day focused on San Salvador, where he was a guiding light to many poor communities.

There is still time to book your place at one of our Harvest Fast Day Briefings this September, including one at Romero House during our CAFOD Essentials Day on Saturday 9th September. We will provide you with all the resources you need and everything you need to know about our goal to focus on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters, and creating peace.

 

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Harvest Fast Day 2016 at the Holy Family parish, Maidstone

At each of our briefings you will get the chance to hear about people such as Endelmira, a farmer living with land which is hard to cultivate. Together, we can make a difference in El Salvador and in the words of Blessed Oscar Romero, we can ‘plant the seeds which one day will grow.’

We have plenty of resources online relating to this year’s Harvest Fast Day appeal in El Salvador, including posters, prayer cards and short talks you can deliver if you are interested in speaking at mass. You can also find some briefing notes, and a plan for a liturgy you could run for the children in your parish.

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Harvest Fast Day 2016 at St. Peter’s School, Greenwich

If you are interested in running your own Fast Day within your parish, come to our workshop on CAFOD Essentials Day at Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JB. We will give you advice, ideas and information to get you started. During the day there will be a wide range of workshops and reflections all related to CAFOD and how to get involved in the work we do. Not to mention, a bring and share lunch and the chance to meet new people.

Book your place at for our Essentials Day next Saturday 9th September to find out more about life in El Salvador, Harvest Fast Day and how your parish can get involved. You can also contact us on southwark@cafod.org.uk or 02084 66 99 01 for more information.