Speak Up event in Flint parish

1st – 9th July is CAFOD’s Week of Action and we are asking people to take part in our

CAFOD volunteer Harriet organised a Speak Up event in her parish

CAFOD volunteer Harriet organised a Speak Up event in her parish

Power to be campaign.

I was really keen to support the campaign, but being a new volunteer I was unsure of what to expect or how much work it would be.  I was relieved when I realised how easy it was to organise a Speak Up event locally.
The resources I ordered at CAFOD’s online shop arrived at my door, providing the campaign action cards, posters, and guided liturgies.  After speaking to my parish priest, we organised a Speak up event to be held in my parish of the Immaculate Conception, Flint, I spoke during mass and at the coffee morning which followed.

 

Harriets coffee morning for the week of action was a success

Harriets coffee morning for the week of action was a success

I decided to stand at the back of mass and introduce myself to parishioners as I handed out the Power to be campaign cards. Using the short talk, provided by CAFOD in the organisers guide, made it less daunting to get up and speak in front of the congregation. After mass, I held a coffee morning which gave me the opportunity to speak to individuals more personally about my experiences volunteering with CAFOD, and about the importance of the campaign and how easy it is to get involved. I spoke about my recent trip to Portugal to a sustainable living camp with CAFOD where I learned about Climate Change and the effects it has on the world’s poorest people. This camp gave an opportunity to live out Laudato Si, and to learn how to live more simply.

On my return I was excited to share my experience of this opportunity and to share with others how to Live Simply, so my speak up event provided the perfect platform to do so.  Renewable, clean energy is one of the many ways we can Live Simply.  The Power to be campaign gives people the opportunity to speak up and sign the campaign for local, renewable energy to help families around the world lift themselves out of poverty.
One of the responses to the campaign was how easy it was to get involved by just signing the petition, to be petitioning people of influence such as Melanie Robinson, of the World Bank, to play her part in providing safe, renewable energy.

Flint Parishioners getting involved by signing the Power to Be campaign cards

Flint Parishioners getting involved by signing the Power to Be campaign cards

My local MP was unable to attend the event, which was disappointing but I will be sure to reach out to him and make sure speaks up for our beliefs in parliament.  He holds regular surgeries and I’m sure your MP will too.  Why not look up your local MP and ask what they’re doing about renewable energy access?

Visit CAFOD or contact your local volunteer centre on 01978 355 084 or northwales@cafod.org.uk for more details.

Connect with CAFOD’s work online this Harvest Fast Day

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Nicanora and her family in Bolivia

Volunteers in the Diocese of Wrexham live thousands of miles from Bolivia. This Harvest Fast Day, you have the chance to experience Bolivia from your own home!

On 7th October you are invited to join CAFOD online for your chance to hear from Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia. You can find out about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about our projects and the communities we work with.

Joining an online talk is easy. Simply choose from the lunchtime and evening talks and register using your email address.  Continue reading

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!