Four Ways to Get Involved with the Power to Be campaign in Your Parish

Every child has the power to achieve great things, yet without access to electricity, the world’s children are being held back from living life to the full. Renewable energy gives children the power to break free from poverty. By supporting our Power to Be campaign, you and your parish can change lives for good.

Here are four ways to launch Power to Be in your parish:

1. Sign cards in your community

Order campaign action cards for everyone in your parish and get people to sign and send them to Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to ask her to support renewable energy to tackle poverty, so that everyone can fulfil their God-given potential.

St Joseph’s Penketh in the Liverpool Archdiocese managed to get a fantastic 253 postcards signed and sent to CAFOD. Could you do the same?

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  1. Organise a Power to Be liturgy

Invite your parish or school to pray together with our Power to Be liturgy. You can even involve the children with our new children’s liturgy resource.

  1. Spread the Word

Use our short talk and our prayers of intercession to get the word out in your parish. You can look at our organiser’s guide for more ideas.

Parishioners from The Mission on Anglesey, Anglesey particapated in their own Power to Be card signing back in June.

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  1. Get creative

Create an eye-catching Power to Be sun display; perfect for children and adults alike!

St Joseph’s Primary, Llangefni and God the Holy Spirit Primary, Newtown set great examples earlier in the year, with their suns display which had promises to save energy, prayers for change and messages to the World Bank on its rays. Can you do something similar?

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St Joseph’s wonderful Power to Be sun

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God the Holy Spirit’s great Power to Be sun

We have already had some fantastic responses to our campaign, but there is still time for you to get involved and make a difference. Colette Byrne said “This is a campaign with a real focus – we really can make a difference in practical ways and it is so simple!”

Find out more here.

 

14 year old Shea’s concert for CAFOD

A local Ruabon teenager has taken on the mammoth task of arranging and performing at a concert for his local community, raising over £800 for the overseas development charity CAFOD and its East Africa Appeal.

Fourteen year old Shea was supported by individuals and groups from the local community, including Llangollen Operatic Society and Stage 2 Stage choir, for the concert.  

The evening, held at All Saints Church in Pen Y Lan, Ruabon, featured a number of songs from musicals with performances from Shea, his family and friends.

Shea, who studies drama and music at his school, said: “I chose to do the concert for CAFOD and the East Africa Appeal because in school we were told about it and asked to raise as much money as we could for the cause. We learnt that £25 can save a life and so I thought about how I could help and save many lives.

“Every day I think about people who don’t have the things that I take for granted, the people who have to walk for hours and hours just to get water that is dirty, the people who don’t get to reach adulthood! This really made me feel upset and made me want to do something about it, so that’s where the idea of the concert came from.

Shea performing at the concert

“I would like to thank everyone in the community who helped one way or another to make the concert what it was… I really appreciate it.”

Shea’s mum, Sharon, said: “We are really proud of him!  He came home one day and said he was going to arrange a concert for the East Africa Appeal and it all took off from there. He had lots of support from everyone involved, including the parish and the Diocese of St Asaph.  We’re delighted with the amount of money he raised.”

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative in North Wales, added: “Organising such a successful event is such a brilliant achievement from Shea.  We are so grateful that he and the choirs chose to raise money for CAFOD and the East Africa Appeal.

“What a great example he is to teenagers across North Wales!”

Find out more about the East Africa Appeal

Join us for news on CAFOD’s exciting work in El Salvador!

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Join us at our Harvest Fast Day Briefing to find out how CAFOD has been working with Edelmira from El Salvador

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching, with less than six weeks to go! CAFOD North Wales will be holding a session on Tuesday 19 September around in Holywell so you can find out more about our exciting work in El Salvador.

We will be telling you the stories of those we support in El Salvador and you will have the chance to talk with staff who have visited the country.  We will provide you with the resources you need to be able to know about our goal of focusing on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters and the progress and difficulties involved in creating peace.

The details of the session are as follows:

  • From 7 – 9pm at Pilgrims Hall, Pantasaph Friary, Holywell, CH8 8PE, Tuesday 19th September.

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend or would like more information by emailing cbyrne@cafod.org.uk or calling the Colette on 07779 804 242.  If you can’t make it to the briefings, please note that you can join a briefing online at Romero House or watch the recording afterwards by registering here.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “Plant the seeds that one day will grow.”

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Blessed Oscar Romero

Whether you’d like to speak at Mass, hold a Fast Day event or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

There are many online resources available to you too, including briefing notes, which you can find here.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you on 19 September!

 

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A coconut sweet-making cooperative, a small business project in Puentecitos, part of CAFOD’s Connect2 El Salvador programme.