Newtown community support Power to Be

Campaigners from the parish of God the Holy Spirit in Newtown have teamed up with children from the local school, St Mary’s Catholic primary, to play their part in ensuring that children from across the world have access to safe, renewable energy by taking part in our Power to Be campaign. 

After a visit from CAFOD North Wales’ local representative, Colette, parishioners from the local area played their part by signing our Power to Be action cards which are calling on the World Bank’s Melanie Robinson to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives across the world.

The school were so inspired that they have pledged to continue their support for CAFOD in the form of CAFOD group based at the school, where they will hold whole school assemblies which parishioners and parents will be invited to.

Debbie Luke, Eco Committee leader, said: “Our Eco Committee held a whole school assembly on the Power To Be campaign and then all pupils took part in writing different ways to help conserve energy. They enjoyed the experience and were keen to encourage parents to sign the petition.”

Children doing Power to be Sun

Colette Byrne, CAFOD’s local representative in North Wales, added: “We’re really pleased with how well the whole community has pulled together to support the Power to Be campaign.

“Thank you to everyone at both the parish and the school for their contributions, particularly the children’s wonderful sun ray display!

A huge thank you to all in the parish of God the Holy Spirit and to the staff and children at St Mary’s Catholic primary, Newtown for their brilliant support.

To support our Power to Be campaign in your parish, get in touch by emailing Colette at or calling Colette on 07779 804242.

Power to be sun and children

Anglesey children support Power to Be campaign

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

CAFOD North Wales recently had the pleasure of visiting St Joseph’s in Llangefni to speak at mass in the morning and, in the afternoon, spend a few hours with some young families and children aged from 3 – 13 to spread the word about our  Power to Be campaign.

Children from St Joseph's Anglesey Power to Be.jpg

Throughout the course of the afternoon, the children learnt about Power to Be and after a school assembly, which encouraged them to think about their use of electricity, the children showed a great understanding of the topic.   After this, the children had chance to share their dreams and aspirations for the future by discussing what they wanted to be when they grew up, which was great to hear.

As you can see in the image above, they then completed a beautiful display through the Power to Be sun activity, with each ray containing a message to the World Bank.

Afterwards, the children had the chance to talk about Laudato Si’, and Pope Francis’ call for us to care for our common home, and how they were able to respond in their own schools and homes.

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative, said: “The children were brilliant, and really engaged with the activities.  It was a pleasure to visit St Joseph’s and we thank them all for their support with the Power to Be campaign.”

Pauline, who is from the parish and runs the family afternoon, added:

“We were delighted to welcome Colette from CAFOD back to Anglesey on Sunday for the Family Catechesis session.  It was great to have her with us and for the families to see CAFOD’s vital work.  The session was engaging and enjoyed by everyone.  We participated in the Power to be campaign producing our Power to be sun, and all churches on Anglesey are taking part in the card signing too, to show our support.”

Find out more about Power to Be. 

To organise a visit, please contact the CAFOD Wrexham office on 01978 355 084 or email


CAFOD School Volunteer gets underway in role

St Mary's RC Primary Year 6 children participate in Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage

Year 6 Children at St Mary’s RC Primary in Wrexham participate in the CAFOD Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage as part of the Year of Mercy

New CAFOD School Volunteer, Clodagh Cherry made her first school visit in the Wrexham Diocese on 19th May when she visited the children at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Wrexham.  Clodagh, along with CAFOD Staff David Brinn and Colette Byrne, helped to deliver a school assembly on the Year of Mercy, and a Refugee workshop to a class of Year 6 children.  The workshop entailed the Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage, which the Year 6 class will be delivering to the rest of the school, and they will all be writing or drawing their own messages of hope which will be passed on to refugees here in the UK and abroad.

This year, Pope Francis has asked us all to go on pilgrimage to pray for those who have been forced to flee their homes.  At CAFOD North Wales, we are asking you to hold your own Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage in your schools or parishes.  We have our very own Lampedusa Cross which will go on display in St Mary’s Cathedral, Wrexham.

For more information on the Lampedusa Cross or to hear how you can support CAFOD in your area, please contact Colette at or 07779 804 242.

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