Maureen is off to Poland for UN Climate Summit

Maureen Thompson

Maureen Thompson

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

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.

Excellent Day on Countering Consumerism in Ashurst

CAFOD Retreat at St Joseph's Ashurst.

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.

Ice breaker

Ice breaker

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!  

Ice breaker

Ice breaker

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

Ice breaker

Ice breaker

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