How the young show their love for our Common Good

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:

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One of the young participants in Eileen’s liturgy, proudly presenting her heart art.

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.

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Children who came to Marine’s house

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”.

 

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Care for Our Common Home and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si

flower_rotated-ebulleting-jan-2017St James the Great parish in Petts Wood invites you to come and find out find out about Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home.

In Laudato Si’ the Holy Father examines the many issues affecting our planet and the root causes of these problems.  You will hear a summary of the encyclical and how as Christians we can join its vision for the future. There will be two talks by guest speaker Susy Brouard of the CAFOD Theology team with opportunities for discussion and questions.

The event is taking place in the St James’ Community Centre on Saturday 11th February from 2-5.30pm.  Register by emailing laudato.si@stjamespettswood.org or phoning Roger Wright on 01689821186.  See www.stjamespettswood.org/laudato.html for details of venue, etc.

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Share green Hearts on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, show your love for our common home by starting a conversation about climate change, how it affects our global neighbours, and how renewable energy can help them out of poverty. Go and visit CAFOD website here.

Find heaps of resources, prayers and creative ideas to help you get talking about climate change with your parish, friends, family and even your MP here.