Power to Be in Penketh!

On Sunday 9th July, before and after mass, members of the CAFOD group at St Joesph’s in Penketh, organised a signing of Power to be cards. On what turned out to be a sunny day the group managed to have 253 postcards filled in and sent to CAFOD, a fantastic effort.

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Maria Baker and Gordon and Kate Moss, members of the CAFOD group encouraging parishioners to sign the Power to Be cards. Incidentally, Gordon took part in the Wirral walk recently and raised a total of £1,230 for CAFOD.

“Power to Be” is a CAFOD Campaign which calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to support renewable energy, which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

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Parishioners signing CAFOD’s Power to Be cards

The campaign has been supported by Archbishop Malcolm who said “I’m delighted to support CAFOD’s campaign to the World Bank which will enable children in the poorest places to access the education they deserve and to aspire to a brighter future.”

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Archbishop Malcolm, getting involved by signing a card.

You can watch Sarah Croft, CAFOD’s Campaigns manager talking about Power to Be and Live Simply by clicking here

You can find out more about Power to Be by clicking here

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A parishioner signing a card.

If you would like to receive campaign action cards to share in your parish or school, please order them online by clicking here or by calling 0300 011 5680.  For further information, contact the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028 or email liverpool@cafod.org.uk

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CAFOD Liverpool Office Takes Action on Fairtrade Campaign

 

CAFOD’s latest campaign action is targeting Sainsbury’s in response to their decision to move away from the Fairtrade label on some of their tea products, replacing it with their own ‘Fairly Traded’ tea. We are concerned that this could result in unfair deals for poor farmers. The Fairtrade Foundation has said that 229,000 farmers would be affected by Sainsbury’s proposed change, which is why it is so important to get involved and tell Sainsbury’s: Don’t Ditch Fairtrade!

The campaign is simply asking if you could get a photo taken in front of your local Sainsbury’s with the tea mug prop and then sign and give over the letter to the store manager. Fairtrade and tea are two things that we feel particularly strong about in the Liverpool office, so we took a trip down to our local Sainsbury’s to get involved.

Ged, Colette, Rosie, Stephen, and myself all signed the campaign letter and took our CAFOD banner, flags and tea mug down to Sainsbury’s. Ged handed the letter to the Duty Manager, who said he would pass it on to Sainsbury’s PR department for a response. We have put together a video of our visit, which you can find on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We enjoyed getting out of the office and getting involved with this campaign, and it’s so easy to do. See what you can do to get involved, and if you do we would love to hear about it in the Liverpool Office!

Written by Emily McIndoe, Campaigns volunteer 

An “Inspiring” Day With Fr Peter Hughes and Sarah Croft in Wrightington

St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Wrightington played host to an “Inspiring” and “Great” day on Saturday, 8th July 2017.

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Some of the audience members.

Fr Peter Hughes SSC, a Columban Missionary, was our keynote speaker, and will be speaking at the National Justice and Peace Network annual Conference, as a result the event was a joint event with our friends at the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission.

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Fr Peter During his talk.

During a “wonderful” talk that “provided much food for thought” Fr Peter described the influence that climate change is having on the indigenous communities in Peru. He went on to describe a new scheme, backed by Pope Francis, called REPAM “Red Eclesial PanAmazónica”, which transaltes to “PanAmazon Ecclesial Network”. The scheme allowed the leaders of indigenous communities in Latin America to talk about their experiences in front of the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights at the UN.

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Fr Peter, with some of CAFOD’s volunteers.

You can watch the talk by going to youtube.com/watch?v=YS9YHNh0uDc the audience were then invited to ask questions, which you can watch at youtube.com/watch?v=Yww2UBkcs8k

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Some of the audience posing for a photograph.

After the event Fr Peter said “I spoke today from a Latin American perspective about climate change. As Catholics, we all have our own part to play in helping to fight against poverty and climate change across the world.”

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CAFOD’s Campaigns Manager Sarah Croft.

After a short break, Sarah Croft, who is CAFOD’s Campaigns Manager spoke about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign which calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank,  to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfill their God-given potential. It was said that Sarah “did a great job in explaining the new project”.

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The audience enjoying one of the talks.

The discussion then turned to the LiveSimply Award which is an opportunity for Catholic communities – parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies – to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”. Livesimply is beginning to take off across the Archdiocese, with St Anne’s Ormskirk for example hosting a Livesimply weekend to celebrate the parish reaching the midway stage.

You can watch Sarah talking about Power to Be and Live Simply by visiting youtube.com/watch?v=e9MD9Zta5jw

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Sarah Croft listening to a question from the audience

Unfortunately the local MP was unable to attend, so for the final session of the day Sarah Croft spoke about the MP Correspondent Scheme which is a scheme that enables you to help ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power.

Sarah’s talk can be seen at youtube.com/watch?v=fW6ocLwKAY4

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Colette from CAFOD Liverpool leading the group in a closing prayer.

After the event Sarah said “We are privileged and inspired to have heard first-hand how our sisters and brothers in Latin America are responding to the Pope’s call to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. We have our part to play in the UK too.”

The day then ended with a shared lunch, you can see all of the videos in one place by clicking youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5UUtVasGFc-wnmD4j_YjtyHpUYB5a1iY

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Some of CAFOD’s volunteers standing together, outside St Joseph’s Parish Centre

Crosby Campaigner in Parliment

Crosby campaigner travels to parliament to ask MPs important questions before the general election
 
Local campaigner Peter Firth travelled from Crosby to Westminster to speak with MPs in Parliament to ensure the interests of the world’s poorest people will be kept in mind during the upcoming general election.
 
On Monday 24 April, sixty supporters of the aid agency CAFOD travelled from across the country to meet with MPs from different political parties at Speaker’s House in Parliament. Peter met with MPs to speak about maintaining commitments to supporting people living in poverty through UK aid and action to tackle climate change.
 
Peter said: “The reason why the UK should continue investing 0.7% in the aid budget really came home tonight. I have been critical, thinking that the money gets wasted and goes to intermediaries but I have been convinced today.
 
“It is not just about prestige, not even about the money but the investment projects the UK as a caring and passionate society. We are very lucky, and we should share that.” 
 

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CAFOD campaigner Peter Firth (Right)

Commons Speaker the Rt Hon John Bercow MP told the reception:“For my part, I always think the greatest moral challenge of our times is to try to do something about the gross crisis and disfiguring scar of global poverty.
 
“The fact that 1,000 million people around the world exist on less than a dollar a day and very, very, very large numbers of people besides exist on only moderately more than that is, frankly, a source not only of anxiety but of real shame to us all.”
 

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Commons Speaker the Rt Hon John Bercow MP

The campaigners who attended the Parliamentary reception are CAFOD ‘MP Correspondents’, supporters who write to MPs on international development issues such as the impact of climate change and trade practices.
 
CAFOD is encouraging Catholics to ask election candidates to support UK commitments on tackling poverty overseas and climate change, as well as working to ensure that Britain remains an outward-looking and welcoming nation.
Neil Thorns, CAFOD’s Director of Advocacy, said: “It is so great to see local constituents raising their voices before the general election and making their local political representatives aware of issues that are important to them.
“Pope Francis himself warns that people living in poverty can often be an ‘afterthought’ in political discussions and that’s why it’s so important that we remind candidates of the need to remain an outward-looking nation – one that cares for the interests of people in the world’s poorest communities.
“This is why the commitment to maintaining UK support for overseas aid is crucial for saving lives and pulling people out of poverty.” 
Find questions to ask your candidates at cafod.org.uk/election

 

Fund Raiser in Marldon Avenue

Marldon Avenue, Crosby was the place to be on Thursday 20th April where a fund raiser was held for CAFOD’s East Africa and Yemen Appeals.  Bernadette Callaghan writes:

“Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. well over a hundred people visited my house to enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits. They spent a huge amount of money on plants, cakes, gifts, fancy goods, tombola and raffle. Luckily we could use the garden as there was no rain!

“Much laughter was heard as everyone enjoyed the cakes and the company of like-minded people. It was a wonderful day and we were well rewarded after all the hard work. Many thanks to my friends who helped organise the day, to those who helped on the day and to those who sent donations as they were unable to attend. Of course, many thanks especially to all who came and supported the event and helped raise the grand total of £1,916 – 37.”

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Ged Edwards, CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator for the area said, “I know that Bernie and her friends thought that £800 would be a great total but they were amazed with the response and final total and people had such a good time together too!  Thanks so much to Bernie and her friends for taking the time to do this and congratulations with such an amazing result!  People in East Africa and Yemen need every penny!”

If you would like to follow Bernie’s great example and need some suggestions or materials like posters to make it happen, please get in touch with Ged or Colette liverpool@cafod.org.uk.  Many thanks!