Beautiful Creation Celebration Mass at St Michael and All Angels

Creation Celebration mass

Many thanks to Fr Gerard for celebrating our first Creation mass on Sunday. It was a lovely celebration with a great choice of hymns by the music group and fantastic singing! The mass focused on thanking God for the wonderful world in which we live and asked Him to help us care for it and protect it for future generations.

A HUGE THANK you to Tim Collins for organising the mass and to Sarah Croft from CAFOD’s Campaigns team for joining us as well.  Thank you to all those who signed the petition to the Prime Minster asking for net zero emissions by 2045.  Don’t forget the Time is Now lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 26th June please sign up here. 

Tim & Sarah

We are hoping that other parishes around the diocese will also be able to hold a creation celebration mass during the summer and to encourage a discussion about climate change and ask people to sign the petition. All the information  you need is here or contact me at portsmouth@cafod.org.uk

Maureen & Sarah

Our Common Home – new campaign

Campaign poster

Campaign poster

“Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things.”  Pope Francis Laudato Si’: Care of our Common home #77

“The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole”. Pope Benedict Caritas Veritae #48

Our Common home is our new campaign on climate change. Climate change affects our health, our homes, our heritage and our beautiful landscapes. It ruins the work we do to fight poverty and to lead better lives. We have made huge progress on climate change, but things are urgent now.

We need to work together to go further, faster to end climate change. Together we Catholics can turn the tide. We can treat our home with respect by leading the way, taking responsibility and forging new habits. We can call on politicians to go further and faster with emissions cuts.  We need everyone to get involved so here is how:-

Maureen shares her experience at COP24 with CWL Conference

Portsmouth CWL meeting

Portsmouth CWL meeting

Thank you to the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Portsmouth for inviting Maureen Thompson our CAFOD parish volunteer in Emsworth to their meeting to speak about her experiences at the COP24 UN Climate Summit in Poland.

Maureen started her talk by explaining about the new Caritas linked CAFOD logo, and then she shared the new director of CAFOD Christine Allen’s welcome video as well as the CAFOD Lent Family fast day story. Encouraging everyone to go back to their parishes and groups to share CAFOD stories and the great work that “love” can do if we all work together.

Maureen then went on to share with the ladies her experience in Poland with CAFOD for the Climate Change conference and how the experience helped her to deepen her commitment to speaking out for the earth and the poor and putting into action some of the changes the Pope has called us to live out in Laudato Si’ Care for our Common Home . Acknowledging many of us are already are very aware that we need to live more simply and sustainably in our own lives, and particularly in the season of Lent be as generous as we can in our fast day giving in solidarity with the poor, but there needs to be more!

CWL members

CWL members

We need governments to take Climate Change seriously only legislation  will bring about enough change to  slow down the climate crisis- already effecting poor countries so badly.   Please join CAFOD by writing to your MPs to encourage them to support a new climate change act and join us in London at the  Climate Change Lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 26th June .Please let us know you are coming by booking here. 

Finally Maureen invited people to come together in prayer. After Easter CAFOD will be launching a new care for Our Common Home Campaign with Creation Celebration masses. The first one in our diocese is planned for Sunday 12th   May at 10 am at St Michael & All Angels Church in Leigh Park. Everyone is welcome.

Fairtrade goods

Fairtrade goods

At it was the end of Fairtrade fortnight Maureen also shared some Fairtrade chocolate treats from Divine, Fruity beauties and Liberation nuts – a reminder that buying Fairtrade is another way to support some of the world’s poorest farmers who deserve a living wage.

Fairtrade goods

Fairtrade goods

Many thanks to Maureen for talking at the meeting and writing this report for us.  Maureen is very happy to come and talk to parishes and other groups about Climate Change so do let me know if you would like talk.