“This is not a moment, it’s a movement”

A fitting quote from my current favourite musical –  Hamilton!

The current international response to the impact and crisis of climate change has drawn together so many different voices;The Time is Now

Pope Francis in his letter Laudato Si;

David Attenborough and his recent TV programme on the subject;

school children from so many countries going on strike inspired by one of their peers, Greta Thunberg.

And here at CAFOD we provide YOU with the opportunity to get involved in the movement through prayer and action.

Order your Creation Celebration guide to gather your parish/school community in prayer

creation celebration posterSign the Our Common Home climate campaign petition

Join us at the Climate Change Mass Lobby of Parliament.

 If you want to travel to the Lobby and join our Climate Pilgrimage, the coach will be picking up at Nottingham Train Station at 7am and Leicester Train Station at 8am,

Giving up toys in Glossop

I have been so impressed by all the wonderful ideas our schools have come up with this Lent. From sponsored dances to sponsored silences.  Cake stalls to soup lunches.  Thank you all for your generosity and putting your faith into action!st marys glossop 3

St Mary’s Glossop have really got stuck in and started their Lenten Fundraising with a visit from their new CAFOD Schools Volunteer, Paul who presented our #GiveItUpChallenge Assembly to the whole school.

This Friday, 5th April, the Chaplaincy team have organised a second hand toy sale to raise funds to help families like Mahinur’s in Bangladesh

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There is still time to take part in our #GiveItUpChallenge, whatever your age and your donations this Lent are very much needed.

Thank you St Mary’s Glossop and thank you to all our schools; staff, parents and students for being such brilliant Global Neighbours!

 

A week for CAFOD at English Martyr’s, Long Eaton

Another welcome visit to English Martyr’s Primary School in Long Eaton.  I always enjoy my visit here as it is where my children went and where my granddaughter Leila now goes.

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Mrs McElhone and the Chaplaincy team have organised a week for CAFOD and I was invited to take part in the #Giveitup assembly on Monday afternoon.   This year the chaplaincy team have chosen CAFOD as their charity so as well as informing the whole school about CAFOD’s work they are having a ‘Coffee & Croissant’ breakfast for parents on Wednesday morning and on Friday, Family Fast Day, the children can make a small donation and wear green and white that day!

A lovely prayer focus had been prepared and once the children had filled the hall I began and introduced them to Rabiul and his mother, Mahinur

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Rabiul and his family rely on fish in the river for food.  Mahinur goes fishing in the river with her net. But last year there was a drought caused by climate change. The river dried up but now the water has returned. There should be fish in the river as it is the right time of year. But this year she hasn’t yet caught any fish.  lent

See how Mahinur fishes in the river

At the end of the assembly I asked the children what they were giving up for Lent and some were invited to write it on a fish and add to our net!

 

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The Chaplaincy Team