Today (September 1st
) marks the start of Creation Time, which will run until October 4th
. CAFOD Liverpool in collaboration with the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission
have put together a resource for groups to follow with in their parishes.
It includes praying with the Gospels, stories from our time and reflections on Pope Francis’ famous 2015 letter (encyclical) Laudato Si’: on Care of our Common Home.
The front cover of this wonderful resource
There are five independent sections, each based on the See, Judge, Act process (Pastoral Cycle) which can be taken as a course or as a series of one-off sessions of one and a half hours to follow each of the five Sundays during the season of Creation Time.
Pope Francis has asked that this Creation Time be marked with prayer, reflection and action in relation to the Earth and our place upon it. The Resource is an excellent way to help parishes to do this. Also it provides good material for personal reflection if your parish is not offering anything.
A poster to advertise your sessions
Here is a very brief outline of the resource:
Week 1. Stumbling Blocks
: What does the Gospel mean when it says “for what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?” Can it be true that less is more?
Week 2. See-Judge-Act: To whom do we need to listen? From where do we get our information? Whom should webelieve?
Week 3. Right Relationships: Who are the people and what are the situations for which we need to ask forgiveness? Debt has many forms.
Week 4. A Fairer World: Is the Pope calling us to a different relationship with the world? What sort of consumers should we be?
Week 5. A Call to Action: Will good intentions be enough to save the world? As an issue requiring different responses in the future, what are the hidden realities of using plastic in the world? Are we prepared to get involved in change for the better?
Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK. Unfortunately, they have ditched the Fairtrade mark on their own brand of tea, to set up their own scheme called ‘fairly traded’ tea. As a CAFOD volunteer, and supporter of Fairtrade, this change was not my cup of tea.
At CAFOD North Wales, we decided to protest against this change. We took CAFOD’s open letter to the store manager, John, at Sainsbury’s Wrexham Superstore, to let him know how we felt about this move away from Fairtrade. John was very nice and listened to what we had to say. He would pass on our concerns.
CAFOD North Wales rep, Colette Byrne, and volunteer Harriet Rees, outside Sainsbury’s Wrexham Superstore.
I am sure many people feel as I do about the importance of Fairtrade products, and have always known Sainsbury’s to be an ethical supermarket which stocks over 500 Fairtrade products. That is why we need to ensure they keep up this work, to help poor farmers earn a decent living wage. This was my first campaign for CAFOD about Fairtrade and it is so important to me, I had to take part… And taking part was so easy, we’re asking you to do it too!
Ditching Fairtrade: Not my cup of tea! Protesting outside Sainbury’s Wrexham Superstore.
Simply visit the CAFOD website to download resources, such as the open letter and props. Print your own letter, sign it and take it into your local Sainsbury’s store manager, to let them know that we all stand together and do not support this move away from Fairtrade. If you want to share your experience, we’d love to hear about it. Either contact Colette at CAFOD North Wales or post it to our Facebook and twitter. You can also sign and share the online petition and tell Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe: don’t ditch Fairtrade! If we make it very clear we only support Fairtrade tea, we can make him reconsider.
Last week I visited Calon FM in Glyndwr University, Wrexham. I was asked to come in and speak about my experience as a CAFOD volunteer and jumped at the chance.
I was so nervous to begin with and practiced some answers with as many people as I could get to listen to me! When I arrived at the studio I was immediately calmed by the
CAFOD volunteer, Harriet Rees, with Dave Williams and crew at Calon FM.
host, Dave Williams, who’s professional, calm attitude made me realise he had it all under control.
I was asked about why I volunteered with CAFOD, which is easy to answer, because as a young Catholic, I am so passionate about everything they are involved in. The radio interview was a great opportunity to talk about my recent trip to Portugal with CAFOD, to a sustainable living camp, and all the experiences I have had in the campaigns office as a volunteer.
Along with some great music, Dave was great fun to talk to. You can listen to my interview and find out all that I have been up to with CAFOD, and how easy it is to get involved.
This week, we are heading to Sainsbury’s in Wrexham to campaign against them taking Fair Trade tea off the shelves. It is so simple to get your voice across and we need everyone to join in to make sure we are heard. You can find out how we got on later in the week, or to find out more about the campaign you can head to the CAFOD website.
Visit CAFOD or contact your local volunteer centre on 01978 355 084 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.