Great Day with School Volunteers exploring Zero Hero resources.

School volunteers

Fantastic day on Tuesday with some of our school volunteers exploring this term’s resources on climate change. We are asking schools to get involved by being Zero Heroes and inviting their MPs into their schools to discuss how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.

Our school volunteers visit primary and secondary schools in the diocese to deliver assemblies and workshops on CAFOD’s work. They are a great team and we are looking for new volunteers to visit schools in the Guernsey, Hampshire Downs, North East Hampshire, Portsmouth and St Swithun Wells Pastoral Areas.

Exploring the resources

Exploring the resources

Linda Heneghan our school volunteer for the Reading Area told us why she is a school volunteer. “It’s a real privilege to be able to visit our Diocesan Schools and share the amazing work that CAFOD is able to accomplish due to the ongoing support of Schools and Parishes. The children are so eager to learn about their brothers and sisters in the developing world and have a real empathy for them in recognising the injustices and social inequalities that exist.

Volunteering has allowed me to keep in touch with Catholic Education, work alongside young people and meet old and new friends. I love it when I go into schools and the children recognise me as the CAFOD lady and occasionally I’ll be greeted in the same way out of school. It’s great to have a sense of purpose and be a very small cog in ‘machinery’ that makes up our amazing Catholic charity CAFOD.”

To find out more about being a school volunteer please contact Jo on 01252 329385 or email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk 

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:-