Countering Consumerism CAFOD retreat 3rd November

Please come to our CAFOD retreat on Countering Consumerism : Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate on Saturday 3rd November from 10am to 4pm at St Joseph’s Retreat Centre, 8 Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, Hampshire SO40 7DU

What does it mean to be holy? How can we find holiness given our busy modern lives?

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad) . He encourages us to open our eyes ,ears and hearts to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our horizons. So do join us and take some time out to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas

A simple lunch of soup and bread will be provided so do let us know of any allergies or food intolerance . The day is free but  donations are accepted . To book your place please click here

Jude’s Share the Journey Walk along the Camino way

Jude Maleski

Jude Maleski

Jude Maleski , our CAFOD parish volunteer at St Joseph & St Edmund Church in Southampton has walked over 55 miles along the Camino way for the Share the Journey campaign . Jude told me ” It was grueling at times with the temp reaching 85 degrees and up and down steep hills but wonderful, magnificent scenery, stillness, people, angels an incredibly powerful sense of the presence of God! I am so blessed to have been able to partake and survive it. I would recommend it to anyone.”

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Many thanks to Jude for walking such an amazing distance along the Camino. If you haven’t joined a Share the Journey walk yet there is still time, as St Colman’s’ Church in Portsmouth our having walk on Sunday 30th September from St Colman’s Church  to St Paul’s Church after the 9:30 am mass.  They are also planning to walk around the grounds of St Paul’s Primary school and have a picnic.  So let’s hope that the sun shines!

Join us on a trip to COP24 in Poland

CAFOD Campaigners

CAFOD Campaigners at climate talks in Paris 2015

Are you interested in Climate Change . Would you like to make a difference? If so we are looking for campaigners to join our delegation to the UN Climate Change summit in Poland from 5th to 11th December.

If we are serious about tackling poverty and improving lives, we need to be serious about climate change. We have already made great strides in campaigning to tackle it. During our One Climate, One World campaign in 2015, campaigners encouraged world leaders to sign the ground-breaking Paris Climate Agreement. This agreement commits countries to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees, ideally 1.5 degrees. We now need to make sure world leaders follow through with the promises they’ve made in Paris, and make sure they go further, and faster when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

As a CAFOD delegate, you will be travelling by coach 5-11 December to Katowice and Krakow Poland, where the climate talks will be held. This will be an opportunity to learn about the decision-making process, hear from other campaigners across Europe on living sustainably and campaigning on climate change, reflect on partner stories and bear witness with others for change.

When you return, we’ll ask you to share your experience with your parish or community through talks, blogs and local media. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert, we will provide training before you go. And most importantly we’ll ask you to be a leader in taking action in your communities, so that we can protect communities overseas from climate change.