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.”

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

Amazing poem on Refugees written by a pupil at St Joseph’s Academy after a visit from a CAFOD school volunteer .

Photo credit CAFOD Ben White

Matthew White one of our fantastic School volunteers visited St Joseph’s Primary Academy in Aldershot to share CAFOD’s Workshop “Specials Places” which focuses on the plight of refugees.

The school told me “We were extremely lucky to have a visit from Matthew White, a volunteer from CAFOD, last week. It has been a long time since we were last able to have Matthew come to St. Joseph’s and it was fantastic to have him back, in person. He led workshops for Years 3 – 6 about the plight of refugees. The children were engaged and so enthusiastic. The task helped them to understand refugees, and to better empathise with their situation. We would like to say a huge thank you to Matthew for coming in and sharing his knowledge with the children. Matthew was very impressed by the enthusiasm and tremendous level of engagement shown by all pupils.”

A poem for refugees from a girl in Year 5.

Running, running away from home

Trying not to break a bone

Feeling scared of booms and bangs

Travelling on hot yellow sands

Swimming, swimming without a boat

And when done, freezing without a coat

Finally getting on dry land

Is there anyone there to lend a hand.”

Wow that is just amazing thank you so much for sharing.