A very happy new year to you and your family and friends!
Colette and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you!!! for your commitment and support last year. Can we also mention in particular the CAFOD Carol Service at Upholland and of course the Fun Run in December! Details on the blog but for now, some important dates and details coming up!
We are looking ahead as we all help bringing about a more just world in 2016. In this issue we will focus on:
Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy
The New Climate Campaign
Lent Fast Day
Young People activities
Events and Challenges
Celebrating the Year of Mercy
With Pope Francis we celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, which ends on 20 November 2016. We remember that “the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy” Misericordiae Vultus #15.
The Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission & CAFOD have produced a new Lenten Resource for parishes and groups called Mercy and our Common Home, combining the Year of Mercy and Laudato Si’ on Care of the Common Home.
Copies are available from Steve Atherton (0151 522 1080 firstname.lastname@example.org) and there is a short workshop to help people use it at CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre, 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ on Saturday 16 January 10am -1pm (please let us know and bring something to share for lunch: email@example.com 0151 228 4028). 2
Using Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, the Course helps us reflect for an hour once a week on God who is the fountain of all mercy, and we are called to live out a relationship of mercy with God, our neighbours, ourselves, and our sister earth, as inspired by Laudato Si’. We then invite you to prepare plans as a group for Easter & onwards, celebrating early progress at Pentecost.
Year of Mercy resources
We’ve pulled together some of our popular education resources for children and young people, to help celebrate the Year of Mercy. Feel free to browse as you may find them useful!
Meanwhile, we’ve loved hearing your stories on the Year of Mercy, so please keep them coming! Please send any photos of a Door of Mercy in your diocese and a short paragraph to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lent Fast day
Your Lent pack will be with you in mid-January, with everything you need for your parish Fast Day: a Lent poster, the short talk, and a guide with intercessions for every Sunday in Lent. Envelopes will arrive as usual but if you’d like prayer cards this year, they are free as usual but please order some direct from us at email@example.com or on 0300 011 5680.
It really helps to do four things for Fast Day!
1. Please insert a notice in the newsletter the weekend before (for 6/7 February) so people know Fast Day’s coming.
2. Have people give out the envelopes to people as they come in (please don’t just leave them for people to collect on a table)
3. Have someone in the parish give the prepared short talk (attached). Please contact us if you want help with this.
4. Thank people in the newsletter afterwards for the contributions received.
This year we focus on water and our work in helping communities in Uganda. The Government is matching our contributions £1 for £1 up to £3.5m so please encourage people to give generously (e.g. a gift-aided donation of £4 becomes (£8 plus £1 gift aid) £9)!
Please do join us for one of the Lent Fast Day Workshops
to prepare for Lent, to hear much about our work in Uganda and share and reflect with other CAFOD volunteers and supporters in your area. They will be held at:
|Thursday 28 January||2-4 pm||CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre, 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ|
|7-9 pm||As above|
|Sunday 31 January||1-3 pm||Brownedge St Mary’s Church, Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6SP|
Please let us know if you can make it! firstname.lastname@example.org
Start the New Year by taking a new climate campaign action
Become an MP Correspondent – join us in lobbying your MP for change three or four times a year through letters and meetings.
Take the e-action to Amber Rudd, the Climate and Energy Secretary, calling on the Government to shift from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.
Download and use the Laudato Si’ study guide
Look out for our Valentine’s Day green heart campaign – make, wear and share a green heart showing something that you love that could be affected by climate change, from bees to our beaches to people overseas
Young volunteers fly to Peru and Zimbabwe!
This month our nine gap year volunteers are travelling to Peru and Zimbabwe to experience CAFOD’s work with partners. Keep up to date with their exciting blogs! If you know anyone aged 18-30 looking for a gap year with a difference, please share that applications are now open for September 2016.
Did you know that CAFOD volunteers made over 400 school visits in England and Wales last term? Are you working in our schools this term? Visit our school volunteer website for the latest resources. Interested in working with children and young people? Please reply to this email to hear about our opportunities!
Take up a challenge for CAFOD!
In 2015 our supporters ran marathons, cycled across the country, swam the seas and much more for CAFOD. Join Team CAFOD in 2016 and help to transform lives across the world. You can take part in any sponsored event for CAFOD by getting your own place through the race organisers.
Search for an event near you and find a challenge to raise funds for CAFOD in your area! If you are feeling extra ambitious you could take on a very special challenge, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela– a challenging beautiful pilgrimage hiking through the fields of northern Spain underneath the milky-way. Want to find out more? CAFOD supporters Fred Uttley and John Cowell have completed the Camino an impressive eight times! Or
Organise an event in your parish or school: What about a … Walk to Church Sunday? Donate money saved from not using the car, meet people and follow Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ and do another bit for the planet!
Ged Edwards and Colette Byrne
Community Participation Coordinators – CAFOD