Growing Success in Mold!

CAFOD Supporters at plant sale in Mold

John with CAFOD supporters Freeda Jones, Stephen Standring, one of our Altar-servers and Joe Kaye

St David’s Parish in Mold has seen Tina and John Harradine pull out all the stops and put on a CAFOD plant sale once again. Over three weekends they raised nearly £400.

The plant sale is an annual event at St David’s and is often accompanied by fruits from CAFOD Parish Volunteer, Joyce’s garden, or free refreshments to invite parishioners to hear about current campaigns and sign petitions, or raise awareness about other new developments.

A photo of John in his green house is featured in the Live simply Parish pack.  Becoming a live simply parish is a great way of combating climate change and caring for our common home as Pope Francis so eloquently asks us to do in his encyclical Laudato si.

This plant sale is a fantastic example of how to involve parishioners, care for the environment while at the same time the wellbeing of people.

Thank you so much to Tina and John, Joyce and all the great supporters of Mold Parish.

St David is often quoted to remind us to “do the little things, and do them right”.  You truly to make a huge difference in the world, home and far away.

Diolch yn fawr!

CAFOD at the Eisteddfod

CAFOD South Wales Blog

IMG_9799_sqCAFOD attended the National Eisteddfod of Wales in August to talk about our work and promote our Welsh language resources. Although the iconic pink pavilion has gone, the Welsh language show still managed to attract more than 130,000 people to the Welsh town of Abergavenny.

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Stories from Peru in North Wales

Step into the gap talk on Peru

Alice Bowers from step into the gap programme does talk on her experience and visit to Peru

On Sunday 7th August, parishioners at St Joseph’s, Llangefni, were delighted to hear from our very own North Wales CAFOD Gapper, Alice Bowers, as she returns from a year with CAFOD’s step into the gap programme based in Birmingham.  Alice delivered an inspiring talk on her experiences of a year of working with CAFOD which included some time abroad with CAFOD’s partners.

Alice talked about her time based at Newman University in Birmingham working as part of the Chaplaincy team and raising awareness of CAFOD, social justice issues and climate change. This included answering the archdiocese call for action on the refugee campaign and upcycling and gardening to try and live a bit more simply.

As part of the step into the gap year, a three week visit to Peru to visit some of CAFOD’s partners was included and at the talk people were able to hear some of the tales and promise that was coming from these partners.

An example is Solidaridad who help women set up business in order to evade a violent situation at home and in society. Included in the presentation were pictures of the women baking and knitting and one photo of some of the many women Solidaridad has reached over the years.

From there the experience took Alice up to the Ancash mountains where subsistence farmers were facing big companies coming in and playing havoc with their lively hoods; a hydroelectric company that would release water at odd times, too much or not at all, and mining companies wanting to buy the land. CAFOD’s partner there, CEAS, provided much needed legal advice on the rights of the local farmers and also took measurements of the quality of the water so that locals had a foot to stand on if mining companies came and released toxins into their water supply.

These are just a couple of the partners discussed at the talk and the parishioners of St Joseph’s were able to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and cake during and towards the end where Colette Byrne was able to emphasise the importance of standing in solidarity with those facing hardship and that prayers for those discussed and facing similar problems are greatly appreciated.

CAFOD now has Connect2 Peru which is a great way for a parish/school/community to form a connection with those in Peru, details can be found on the CAFOD website where you can also read more about the partners working there.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking part in step into the gap with CAFOD then applications will be taken for a September 2017 start in autumn this year (2016).

To find out how to support CAFOD in your area, please contact Colette Byrne, Community Participation Coordinator, CAFOD North Wales.