Laura Bigoni our CAFOD parish volunteer at St Edmund Campion told me ” As part of Season of Creation (1 Sept – 4 Oct) and to pray for the upcoming COP26 conference to be held in Glasgow in November, we held special Climate Masses last weekend (25-26 September) at St Edmund Campion parish in Maidenhead.
We prayed for world leaders to take bold action to protect our common home and at the end of Mass we had a short CAFOD talk to encourage everyone to sign the COP26 petition to the Prime Minister, asking to urgently bring forward policies to achieve net zero emissions, to stop all new public support for fossil fuels overseas, to make sure developing countries are supported while they struggle to adapt to the devastating effects of a changing climate.
We collected 159 signatures which have now been sent to CAFOD.
We also gave out Harvest Fast Day envelopes and encouraged people to support Fast Day this coming Friday, to help people in developing countries who are being hit hardest by climate change.
A special thanks to all parishioners who signed the petition and to all volunteers who helped make this happen: Clare and Cat for the beautiful altar display and the Saturday evening music, Greg/the folk group, Suzy and Shelagh for the music at the Sunday morning Masses; Reena, Charlie, Carolyn, Cathy, Sarah, Nancy for speaking at Mass and/or helping to collect signatures at the end of Mass. And a special thanks to Fr Liam for his support and for celebrating the Masses beautifully and prayerfully as always!”
Thank you so much to Laura and to all those who spoke at mass, and to Fr Liam for his support.
Thank you so much to St Edmund Campion Church in Maidenhead for signing the net zero petition at your creation celebration masses last weekend. The petition is asking the Prime Minister to ensure that-
All government departments urgently bring forward policies to achieve net zero emissions. And go further, faster to achieve net zero emissions honestly, transparently and without caveats by 2045.
UK investment overseas and at home is consistent with keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees. This should include stopping all new public support for fossil fuels overseas.
The UK shows leadership by connecting the crises of poverty, environmental degradation and climate change and makes concrete commitments to combat them at key international events.
Laura Bigoni our parish volunteer at St Edmund Campion told us…
“This weekend at St Edmund Campion parish in Maidenhead all Masses were focused on the theme of Creation as we promoted CAFOD’s campaign “Our Common Home”. We reflected on Pope Francis’ invitation to make care for people and planet an essential part of the Christian life.
Signing the petition
At the end of Mass we gave a short talk to explain what the campaign was about and to encourage people to sign the petition as they left church. We got an excellent response and collected 243 signatures. A big thanks to all parishioners who supported us!”
Many thanks to Laura Bigoni and CAFOD supporters from St Edmund Campion parish Maidenhead for joining the day of action on Saturday to ask Sainsbury’s not to remove the Fairtrade certification from their own brand tea. Information on how to support the campaign here.