Thank you to everyone who has signed the Laudato Si’ inspired petition online and to all the parishes that have signed it together after Mass! The deadline for parish petitions to be sent to the Campaigns Team at Head Office is 15 November. Not long to go now!As you know, inspired by Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, CAFOD has joined with Catholics worldwide, as part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and is calling on our Prime Minister and on other world leaders to take urgent action to prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty.
The petition urges leaders to show leadership nationally and internationally so that any agreements made at the UN summit on tackling climate change and poverty are fair and ambitious.
There’s not long now until that crucial climate summit in Paris takes place so do sign today if you can and have a petition signing at your parish as soon as possible.
To date, St Edmund Campion (Maidenhead), St Mary’s & St Joseph’s (Aldershot), St Boniface (Southampton), Immaculate Conception (Southampton), Waterside (Hythe), St Joseph’s (Havant), St Thomas More (Hartley Witney), Sacred Heart (Fareham), St Francis of Assisi (Milford -on-Sea), Our Lady Immaculate (Westbourne), Our Lady and St Edmund of Abingdon, St Theresa of the Child Jesus (Totton), Christ the King and St Colman (Bitterne), St Brigid (West End), Our Lady of the Assumption (Hedge End), Holy Trinity and Our Lady (Fleet), Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Peter the Apostle (Waterlooville) and St John Bosco (Woodley) have all downloaded the petition and asked parishioners to sign it after Mass.
(If I’ve not mentioned your parish here and you also signed the petition one Saturday or Sunday after Mass – please let me know.)
17,000 people across England and Wales have signed. I’m sure we can reach 20,000 if we try!
Furthermore, volunteers from the parishes of St Edmund Campion (Maidenhead), Our Lady Immaculate (Westbourne), Sacred Heart (Hook) St John the Baptist (Andover) and St John Bosco (Woodley) are holding special Laudato Si’ study groups using our guide.
The parish of Holy Trinity and Our Lady in Fleet also held a special Multi Sensory Prayer Evening with a specific emphasis on the environment using visual and interactive displays.