Speaking with a friend recently, she told me her 8 year old grandson, Lewis, had listened to a lady from CAFOD giving the Harvest Fast Day talk at church and was so moved by what she said, that he wrote his own account of it in school the following week, earning himself a house point.
I was impressed by his response and thought I would share it with you. He wrote, “On Saturday I went to church and listened to a lady from CAFOD. She was talking about how unfair it is for people to drink dirty water. 75% of our planet is water but only 3% is fit for humans. Humans need water for cleaning, hygiene, drinking, dishwasher and growing plants.
[People in] some countries in Africa don’t just turn on a tap they have to walk to a well but sometimes the well breaks and they have to walk to the nearest river to get dirty water. CAFOD helps these people by fixing the well. We can help by donating money and doing sponsorship’s. We do this because Jesus says that when we see someone needs, help if we can”!
Helen Jenkins, one of CAFOD’s parish volunteers told us about the inspiring
initiatives they took recently which demonstrates how we can act locally and globally towards creating a better world.
“Here at Ss. Leonard and Mary’s our CAFOD group, decided to introduce and explore the Environmental Policy for our Diocese during the season of Creation throughout September. The Policy was given out in Masses during the first weekend of the Season of Creation. After that different objectives from the policy were taken each weekend and highlighted via informative and eye-catching displays which were full of ways in which we can enact the ideals laid out in the policy in our daily lives. Fittingly, the last weekend coincided with our annual harvest table which raised £190 for Connect2ElSalvador, our parish link”.
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Pope Francis has established 1 September as the world day of prayer for the care of creation, encouraging the Catholic communities around the world to pray for our common home. We prepare to celebrate the fourth annual World Day of Prayer in September 2018.
The annual Day of Prayer is inspired by his landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on “every person living on this planet” to care for our shared earth.
Pope Francis calls us all to celebrate this opportune moment to “reaffirm [our] personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation, as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
“Pope Francis is calling us to an ecological conversion,” says Susy Brouard, Theology Programme Adviser at CAFOD. “His encyclical reminds us that we have a responsibility to our earth, each other and to generations yet to come.
“The World Day of Prayer is another opportunity for us to connect with our creator God and allow the Lord to redefine our relationship with the environment: from one of consumption and control to one of care and protection”.