Maureen Thompson, our parish volunteer at SS Thomas of Canterbury & Thomas More, Emsworth travelled to Poland with other CAFOD volunteers and supporters to voice their concerns about Climate Change. Maureen will be speaking about her trip to Poland and CAFOD’s Climate Change Campaign at the Lent fast day meeting on Thursday 21st February at St Margaret Mary Church Park Gate SO31 7GH from 7:15pm to 9pm.
Here is Maureen’s reflection on the trip.
Maureen our CAFOD volunteer in Emsworth is planning to join others next month in Poland to campaign in witness and prayer at the UN Climate Summit. CAFOD as part of the Climate Coalition continues to raise concerns about the importance of all working together to mitigate the effects of climate change on the whole world and highlighting how it is often the poorest people in the world who suffer most.
As part of the preparation to go Maureen has sent a letter to her local MP, Mr Alan Mak raising our concerns for care for the planet and its ‘people and inviting him to sign up to a cross party MP letter calling for increased UK ambition on climate change. CAFOD is also helping organise an event in Parliament to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act and invited MPs to find out how they can do more.
A card was delivered to Mr Mak from local Christians and pictured on the card is our “hero” for the new Be a Hero go for Zero campaign inviting him to the anniversary party .
Be a Hero for Zero card
Maureen hopes to find out a lot more about how as supporters of CAFOD we can be involved in caring for the creation and manage change particularly for some of the worlds most vulnerable people.
Hope the trip goes well Maureen and we look forward to hearing about it when you return.
CAFOD Retreat at St Joseph’s Ashurst.
Many thanks to Dan Hale ( head of CAFOD Campaigns ) for leading the retreat on Countering Consumerism on Saturday. It was an excellent day focusing on the Pope’s new letter Gaudete Et Exsultate ( Rejoice and Be Glad ), and his call to holiness. We started the morning with a reflection on The Beatitudes which led into an ice breaker where we split up into groups and introduced ourselves and shared which beatitude spoke most to us . We created a “web” using wool showing how we are all related to each other . After that there was time for individual reflection either in the beautiful chapel at St Joseph’s retreat centre or around the lovely grounds among the stunning autumn trees.
After a delicious lunch of soup and sandwiches we then followed the Jesuit tradition of an examination of conscience and focused on an ecological examne looking at 4 areas:- clothes, food, travel and electronics and how our choices impact on the world and each other. This exercise led to very interesting discussions and left us all with lots to think about. We ended the day with a closing liturgy exploring the webs that we had created in the morning . I hope that all those who came to the day found it as inspiring and challenging as I did!
Many thanks to St Joseph Retreat Centre in Ashurst for hosting the day and thank you so much to all those who joined us for sharing your ideas and experiences.
If you would like to come to one of these retreats there is another one on 24th November at Romero House London from 10am to 4pm just book your place here