Campaigning Works – Thank You So Much

Gathering outside Sainsbury's in Maidenhead.

Gathering outside Sainsbury’s in Maidenhead.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who have participated in our campaigns this year. You have made a real difference and changed lives. I am looking for a  Campaign Volunteer Coordinator who will help me the organisation of the 2018 campaigns. If you are interested please get in touch to have a chat about the role on 01252 329385 or email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk 

Here are the successes of 2017 

  1. Saving the homes of the Maua community in Brazil

    Volunteer Team at Kintbury

    Volunteer Team at Kintbury

2. Asking Sainsburys not to ditch Fairtrade- many of you signed letters and protested outside Sainsburys stores . However Sainsburys have not changed their position yet .

3. Increase number of parishes achieving the livesimply award including Our Lady & St Edmund Abingdon.

Creation walk

Creation walk

4. Power to Be Campaign – over 27,000 people signed cards to Melanie Robinson at the World Bank.

Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon

5. Saving UK aid  – ensuring 0.7% of GDP is spent on overseas aid.

6. Step forward in cutting carbon with the government’s new clean growth strategy .

7. Living out Laudato Si’ – Young CAFOD volunteers shared their passion for Laudato Si’ at a global youth conference .

Eleanor- young CAFOD volunteer

Eleanor- young CAFOD volunteer

Find out about the Share the Journey campaign for 2018 here

Inspiring Day of Reflection on our Own Journeys to Justice

Group Photo

Group Photo

Many thanks to Sarah Croft from the Campaigns team for leading the CAFOD retreat Journey to Justice on Saturday. It was great to have a day away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives  to reflect on the life of Blessed Oscar Romero and his own personal journey of transformation. The beautiful retreat house at St Cuthman’s was an ideal venue with it’s peaceful chapel which overlooked the gardens, and the lovely lake and grounds.

Time to discuss and reflect

Time to discuss and reflect

In the morning we focused on Blessed Oscar Romero’s life and how he changed from a studious quiet priest to an archbishop who spoke out for the poor and was subsequently  martyred.

In the afternoon we looked at Human Rights Defenders who are working in many countries around the world speaking out for the poor and seeking justice and fairness for all people. For example Javier Jahncke is a CAFOD partner who has spoken out against mining developments in Peru. These developments risk affecting biodiversity and water quality, and can have a devastating impact on the lives and health of the poor.

We then looked at our own journeys and how we need to be  be continually converted in response to new and evolving challenges . In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis says that we all need to be converted, to have a change of heart, in response to the damage being done to our world. Our world today faces the same issues of greed and violence that Romero faced so we have a choice to respond in fear or in hope, to turn away or towards. Let us ask for Romero’s courage, his fidelity and his humility so that we can stand alongside the powerless and be a voice for the voiceless.

Here are some ways we can do this:- Become an MP Correspondent , sign up to campaigns updates, work for  the livesimply award in our parishes,  and become a campaigns volunteer.

Many Thanks for Your Support for the Maua Community in Brazil

Volunteer Team at Kintbury

Volunteer Team at Kintbury

For many months the Maua community have faced eviction from their home in San Paulo, Brazil. Just under a 1000 people were potentially going to be made homeless and end up on the streets, but thanks to over 4000 CAFOD supporters who signed petitions, wrote emails and shared photos on twitter the eviction has been stopped.

Many thanks to Isabel Marsh, our Step into the Gap volunteer who is part of the Volunteer Team at St Cassian’s Kintbury for encouraging her fellow team mates to support the Maua community.