Guernsey Soup lunch and Climate Action Day

On 24th October the Laudato Si’ group in Guernsey held a soup lunch for parishioners after the 10:30 am mass at St Joseph and St Mary Church in St Peter Port. It was lovely for parishioners to join together to share a simple lunch. £225 was raised which will be split between CAFOD, Bamenda and Wayaya.

Members of the Laudato Si’ group took part in the Guernsey Global Climate Action march on 6th November .

Ann told me there were “Young and old speakers – from college, school, the Clean Earth Trust, and a local politician shared their views and asked for action now.”

Human Rights Day Friday 10th December

Join us on Friday 10th December at 6:30pm to learn about and celebrate the work of human rights defenders who are coming under attack and facing growing threats for protecting our common home. You will hear their inspiring life stories and struggles first-hand and find out what concrete actions we can take from here in the UK to stand in solidarity with them. Human rights defenders in Latin America help to keep governments and businesses in check, put people ahead of profits, and protect our planet. Yet, in return for their work, they face criminalisation, harassment and violence.

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Confirmed speakers include:

From Peru

 Ivett Ariana Kana Magaño – is an environmental defender from the Huisa community in Espinar, part of the National Platform of People Affected by Heavy Metals. Her community has been denouncing the impacts of environmental pollution generated by mining in their territory, including on human health, and which so far have not been addressed by either the Peruvian state or the mining company.

Karem Luque – is an environmental and human health specialist at CAFOD’s partner DHSF. Karem will talk about the social, health and environmental impacts of mining, the criminalisation of social leaders protesting against contamination and the struggle to access healthcare for those affected by heavy metals in Espinar, Cusco.  

From Brazil

Maurício Ye’kuana – is a Brazilian indigenous leader, activist, and a Director of CAFOD’s partner, Hutukara Yanomami Association (HAY). Mauricio is from Yanomami Indigenous Territory, where he supports his people to defend their rights and protect the Amazon rainforest despite huge threats from illegal gold mining.

From Colombia

Robinson Mejía Alonso Alonso – is a human rights and territory defender defender, and a Forestry Engineer. He is a member of the Environmental and Farming Committee of Cajamarca Anaime, and of the the Socio-Environmental and Youth Collective of Cajamarca (COSAJUCA)”.

St Joseph’s Maidenhead climate mass

We are delighted to let you know that we celebrated a weekend of Climate Masses at St Joseph’s and St Elizabeth’s Churches in Maidenhead Parish on 06 and 07 November, during the COP26 Gathering.

Father Liam Cummins and Father Ephraim Odhiambo,  our new Clergy in the Parish, enthusiastically supported the willing participation of our parishioners, St Mary’s School, 19th Maidenhead Scout Group and representatives of other parish groups in the Celebration of this Mass, dedicated to the success of COP26 and protection of God’s Creation and the Care of the Poor. The decoration in front of our High Altar depicted the devastation caused by fire and drought upon the earth.  This was linked by ivy and new growth to a bright, colourful and abundant life through the prayer and action of everyone following our commitment to COP26 success and to heeding Pope Francis’ call to hearing the Cry of The Earth.

At the 1100 Mass, children from St Mary’s School Introduced the Mass and representatives from The Parish, UCM, St Mary’s Staff and pupils, the Scouts and Mother’Prayer Group read the prayers of the faithful.  The offertory procession was lead by an illuminated Globe of the earth which was placed in front of the altar.  This was followed by rich soil, seeds, implements to work the soil and life giving water.  New plants were brought up and these have subsequently been given to the school to continue the link between parish and school.  Several pictures were displayed. These highlighted both the effects of Climate Change and the success of initiatives instigated by CAFOD around the world.

Following the Mass there was a convivial gathering in our Parish Centre at which tea, coffee and a simple soup lunch were served.  Donations from the lunch are offered for CAFOD’s Climate Crisis Appeal. We would like to acknowledge the help that CAFOD provided with various resources and prayer suggestions.  

Thank you so much to Patrick and Isobel for sharing this article about the climate mass at St Josephs. It is lovely to hear how the parish and school are working together to care for our common home. Click here for prayer resources