The Laudato si’ Action Platform and livesimply Award

On Tuesday 30th November at 5pm join us to find out how the new Laudato Si Action Platform will work and how we as livesimply communities can be part of this Global Catholic journey of ecological conversion being promoted by Pope Francis and the Vatican.
With Monica Conmee, CAFOD’s Head of Education and Maria Elena Arana, livesimply Award Coordinator.

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Meeting with Steve Brine MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford

Many thanks to Steve and Beth Taylor who organised a meeting with Steve Brine MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford as part of our Parliament in Your Parish campaign.

Beth told me Steve listened carefully to our questions and assured us Climate Change was being taken seriously and the government have legislated to achieve net zero .Steve did attend COP26 and he will be ensuring that the promises made there are fulfilled. Steve’s own personal commitments have been to replace my gas boiler, reduce flying (his children -age 14 and under) have only been on an aeroplane once in their lives, reduce meat consumption and try to cycle as much as possible.

Beth summed up the meeting thanking Steve for giving up his time in the difficult circumstances as as he had had to join the meeting by phone whilst waiting in the Commons to vote on a number of legislative amendments.

“He did a very courteous job in somewhat difficult circumstances and deserved our thanks for that.  We noted that he also claims to have made changes in his own lifestyle in response to climate change. He said he had not heard of Laudato Si so a copy of the encyclical is being sent to him.”

Thank you so much to Steve and Beth for organised the meeting and to Mike, Lisa, Mary Mike and Liz who attended the meeting.

Sue Cooper being presented with a Papal Blessing for over 40 years of volunteering for CAFOD.

Sue with the Papal Blessing

A HUGE THANK YOU to Sue Cooper from Corpus Christi parish in Wokingham who has volunteered for CAFOD for over 40 years AMAZING!

Sue first volunteered for CAFOD, organising bread and cheese lunches on Fridays, when she was at university in Southampton – over 40 years ago This led to organising a sponsored walk and then later she volunteered at the CAFOD head office which was then in Stockwell. 

She then became very involved as a school’s volunteer not only visiting schools in Portsmouth Diocese including Jersey but also in Arundel and Brighton diocese.   Sue is an ardent campaigner and has supported many of the CAFOD campaigns over the years for example travelling to Edinburgh for the Make Poverty History march and working with other churches on the Trade Justice campaign. She recently attended the Parliament in your Parish meeting with Sir John Redwood MP for Wokingham to share her concerns about the climate crisis and debt cancellation. 

Sue with Cathy Hill and Ann Wylie CAFOD parish volunteers at Corpus Christi

Now her main involvement is supporting Cathy Hill, the CAFOD parish volunteer at Corpus Christi and also writing prayers and reflections for CAFOD.

Sue told me “I volunteer for CAFOD because it is about putting my faith into action – we are called to love God and our neighbour. All people are children of God, made in God’s image and likeness, and should have at the very least, the basic necessities to fulfil their potential as God’s works of art. I hope that I’m making a difference, but I don’t know for sure. However, inspired by my faith and in the face of such poverty and inequality in the world, I have to do something.”

Through her volunteering for CAFOD for over 40 years Sue has made a huge difference to those living in poverty overseas and on behalf of CAFOD and all those communities we work with I would like to thank her for commitment and dedication and her love for the poor.

Many thanks to Canon Simon parish priest at Corpus Christi Wokingham for presenting Sue Cooper with a Papal Blessing on behalf of CAFOD to celebrate and give thanks for her volunteering for CAFOD for over 40 years.