The Parish of the Good Samaritan
Christmas – The Nativity of the Lord – 25th December 2021
Emergency news update - At the year-end, there are still many in great need around the world and this is particularly the case in Afghanistan. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have fled their homes, compounding an existing crisis following periods of drought and decades of conflict. As winter approaches, millions of people face hunger and extreme poverty. The situation is so severe that the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have set up an Afghanistan Crisis Appeal, of which CAFOD is part. If you are able, please consider donating via CAFOD’s website:
Also in the news recently was Typhoon Rai (known locally as Typhoon Odette), which made landfall in the Philippines on 16 December, causing widespread damage. Over 375 people are thought to have lost their lives. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes - many seeking refuge in churches or evacuation centres - and the typhoon’s strong winds and storm surges brought down trees, power lines and destroyed homes, schools and hospitals. To read more on this follow the link:
Maasin, the capital of the province of Southern Leyte, was one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Rai (known locally as Typhoon Odette). Photo credit: Caritas Maasin.
Catch up on CAFOD news via online talks - Members of the CAFOD group have been tuning into online webinars hosted by CAFOD Head Office over the last few weeks. These have included a “Review of the Year” lead by Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD and a “Human Rights Day Event” during which human rights defenders from across South America gave live updates on their courageous work to protect our common home that is often done under the threat of violence or death. If you have a spare hour or two between Christmas and the New Year these recorded online talks are highly recommended viewing:
Review of the Year - https://www.bigmarker.com/cafod/annual-report2021
Human Rights Day Event - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F2WcS-OFsA
The CAFOD group wish to thank you for your generous support throughout the year; be it through donating, campaigning or praying. It is only possible for CAFOD to leave “no one beyond reach” because of the funds you donate, which enable CAFOD’s partners to reach those in most need wherever they are in the world. It just leaves us to say have a blessed and joyful Christmas and a very happy New Year.
For further Christmas prayers, follow the link:
Feast of Christ the King – 21st November 2021
Month of Remembrance – November is the month of the Holy Souls, so as a CAFOD group we wish to take this opportunity to remember all our deceased supporters and group members, recalling their generosity and service - may they rest in peace, Amen. For CAFOD prayers of remembrance please follow the link:
World Gifts – The new World Gifts catalogues are available at the back of our churches. The range of charity Christmas presents and stocking fillers are great gift ideas that make a life-changing difference to people living in poverty. If there are not any catalogues still available, you can see the full selection of World Gifts online:
There is a World Gift for everyone, with gifts for gardeners, animal lovers, teachers, entrepreneurs - the list goes on! World Gifts are CAFOD's charity gift range of unusual, ethical presents that will delight your friends and family.
CAFOD’s verdict on COP26 – The UN Climate Conference in Glasgow finished last weekend when the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’ was approved by 197 countries. The summit ended with agreements that come up short for people in the world's most vulnerable communities. The agreement or pact at COP26 is a major disappointment to CAFOD’s partners working with poor communities, it simply has not delivered the urgent action or justice required. To read CAFOD’s full reaction on the summit visit:
Our own bishop, Bishop John Arnold, attended the global climate conference in Glasgow and kept a detailed diary of his time there, to read it just visit the Diocese of Salford website:
Bishop John urged campaigners in Glasgow to act both individually and collectively, to ensure leaders hear our demands and aspirations:
“Our individual efforts are multiplied by the efforts of so many others and amount to a substantial impact. We must also pray for our political leaders. ‘Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you’. We can invite the guidance and the strength of the Holy Spirit to achieve all that is necessary in the work of our political leaders. We need, as Pope Francis says, to think globally and to recognise that each and every one of us has a part to play.”
Dominic Aunger, a parishioner and member of the Good Samaritan CAFOD Group, attended the COP26 Climate Coalition Rally in London on Saturday 6th November. COP26 rallies took place across the UK and around the world, an estimated 25,000 marched in London, but over 100,000 people took part in Glasgow, where Bishop John also walked with fellow CAFOD campaigners. Dominic noted how varied the rally participants were in London with Extinction Rebellion protestors walking alongside faith groups and Black Lives Matter supporters beside Engineers and Architects for Climate Justice. However, they all had one thing in common, they were there to stand in solidarity with those communities suffering the worst effects of climate change in their own country and overseas. Here are a couple of his own photos from London:
The CAFOD group wish to thank everyone for your support during COP26, whether you added your signature to the letter sent to our MP, Antony Higginbotham, or prayed using the COP26 prayer cards. The prayers had an effect, as there were some successes at COP26, which included agreements on cutting methane emissions and countries promising to return to COP27 in Egypt next year with more ambitious targets to reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions.
Many thanks for your continuing generosity that enables CAFOD to help those communities in most need and those most affected by the climate crisis. Your donations do save lives and help others to live their lives to the full.
STOP PRESS - WE'RE IN THE NEWS!
Our very own Good Samaritan Parish CAFOD Group, who are urging action at COP26 to save the earth feature in a Burnley Express article just published.
Harvest Family Fast Day - Many thanks for your support during "Harvest Time" for the ongoing work of CAFOD. An amazing £1,200 has been received and sent to CAFOD from the parish of the Good Samaritan. May God bless your generosity as we continue to support by prayer and action our sisters and brothers facing dreadful ongoing hardship in their daily lives, amid the many global crises. Donations for the Fast Day can still be made online. To donate and to watch a short film showing how your donations are helping communities in need face the worst effects of the climate crisis, visit:
COP26 letter to our local MP, Antony Higginbotham – the letter to our local MP, regarding the ongoing COP26 UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, was emailed to him on 26th October. We are still awaiting his reply. Around 50 signatories signed the letter, urging him to ensure our UK Government leads by example on green issues and helps secure a just and binding climate deal for the entire world. These signatories include the priests of the parish, religious sisters, the Bishop of Burnley, vicars, Catholic headteachers/teachers, representatives of the parish faith groups and parishioners. You can view the letter and the full list of signatories below.
A press release has been sent to the Burnley Express regarding the COP26 letter, it is hoped it will get some coverage in the Friday 5th November edition. Dominic Aunger is travelling to London at the weekend to represent the CAFOD group and parish. He will attend the COP26 Global Day of Action for the Climate 2021, joining other CAFOD campaigners and thousands of other Climate Coalition protesters on a rally across the city.
COP26 letter to our local MP, Antony Higginbotham –
Dear Antony Higginbotham MP
Re – A just and binding climate deal at COP 26
As you are aware, the global UN Climate Conference in Glasgow will shortly be taking place. We are writing to you to express our strong belief that it is crucial to the survival and flourishing of our planet for future generations that world leaders agree at COP 26:
• A realistic, achievable plan to tackle climate change, in particular, to prevent exceeding the 1.5°C rise in global average temperature above pre-industrial levels.
• A binding commitment to take whatever actions are necessary to implement that plan.
• That the plan and actions ensure that the most vulnerable and poorest communities in the world are protected from the worst effects of climate change, as it is these who have contributed least to global warming. This must include a properly funded, global climate mitigation fund to enable those poorest countries that are worst affected by the climate crisis to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and develop sustainable energy sources.
We ask that you bring our concerns to the attention of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Alok Sharma (President of COP26) and the Government as a whole. As hosts of COP26, we ask that they offer leadership to other countries and set an example for others to urgently act by slashing our carbon emissions, stopping all funding of fossil fuel projects at home and abroad and provide adequate finance to the UN Climate Fund. These will help save our planet and give our children and grandchildren a sustainable future.
In our plea, we are inspired by Pope Francis and Rt Rev John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, in our commitment to look after our common home and to hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.” (Laudato Si, 25 – Pope Francis’ encyclical, 2015)
Rev David Featherstone - Parish Priest & Rural Dean, Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Rt Rev Philip North – Bishop of Burnley
Rev Allan Swift – Parish Priest, St John Paul II Parish, Burnley & Padiham
Rev Emmanuel Ugwuoke CM – Assistant Priest, Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Rev Clement Kafor CM – Assistant Priest, Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Rev Damien Louden – Assistant Priest, Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Bridget Parkinson – Headteacher of St Mary Magdalene’s RC Primary, Burnley
Kathleen McKeating – Headteacher of St John the Baptist RC Primary, Padiham
Ian Jones – Headteacher of St Mary’s RC Primary, Burnley
Amanda Barrett – Deputy Headteacher of St Mary’s RC Primary, Burnley
Sarah Price – Headteacher of St John the Baptist RC Primary, Burnley
Helen Bibby – Deputy Headteacher of St John the Baptist RC Primary, Burnley
Karen Clay – Teacher and RE Subject Lead at Christ the King RC Primary, Burnley
Dominic Aunger - Chair of Good Samaritan Parish CAFOD Group, Burnley
Anne Marie Coppock – Treasurer of Good Samaritan Parish CAFOD Group, Burnley
Paul Carney – Member of Good Samaritan Parish CAFOD Group, Burnley
Claire Hadwen – Member of Good Samaritan Parish CAFOD Group, Burnley
Maureen Bradley – President of Legion of Mary, Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Maria Boys - Society of St Vincent De Paul, Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Klaus Lamle – Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Trevor Ireland - Past Grand Knight, Knights of St Columba Burnley Council 110
Terry Hephrun - Secretary, Catenian Association Burnley Circle 54
Michael Armfield – Member of Catenian Association Burnley Circle 54
Sr. Anne Kilday - Franciscan Convent, Burnley
Sr. Patricia Johnson - Franciscan Convent, Burnley
Sr. Catherine Ronan - Franciscan Convent, Burnley
Sr. Maureen Maquire -Franciscan Convent, Burnley
Sr. Sarah Dever - Franciscan Convent, Burnley
Sr. Anne Bross - Franciscan Convent, Burnley
Sr. Anne McCafferty - Franciscan Convent, Burnley
Sidney Aunger - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Winifred Aunger - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Margaret Mary Perry – Parishioner of St John Paul II Parish, Burnley & Padiham
David Ross - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Gerard Entwistle - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Barbara McNamara - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Francis Michael McNamara - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Marjorie Lynn Middleton - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Karen Smith - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Eileen Ennis - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Margaret Pickles - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Rachel Maguire - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Bernadette Seedall – Caritas Member and Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
David Seedall - Parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish, Burnley
Rev Paul Benfield – Assistant Priest in Burnley Parishes
Rev Chris Casey – Area Dean of Burnley & Vicar in Cliviger and Worsthorne
Rev Enid Briggs – Priest in Burnley
Rev Canon Edward Saville – Blackburn Diocesan Environmental Officer (Retired), Burnley
Rev Kat Gregory-Witham - Curate at St Matthew’s Church, Burnley
Rev Aiden J A Edwards BA (Hons) - Interim Vicar of St Andrew with St Margaret and St James, Burnley
Harvest Fast Day 2021
Thank you for your support which ensures we can continue to work alongside people around the world living in poverty, helping them build better futures for themselves and their families.
£260 has been forwarded to CAFOD from your kind Fast Day donations.
27th Sunday of the Year – 3rd October 2021
Harvest Family Fast Day (HFFD) Climate Crisis Appeal – We are just about to celebrate HFFD, which is on Friday 1 October. For this year’s Family Fast Day CAFOD is asking us to support people around the world who are dedicating their lives to protecting God’s creation. People like Ivanilde, from Brazil (featured on the posters in our parish churches and below), who are on the frontline of the climate crisis. CAFOD, through its partners around the world, are helping such guardians of creation like Ivanilde to face the climate crisis head on and simultaneously care for ‘Our Common Home’. Through your generous donations, CAFOD will be able to help other communities face the challenges of the climate emergency. To watch a short film about how CAFOD’s partner in Brazil, the Pastoral Land Commission, have helped Ivanilde and her community rebuild their lives after a devastating forest fire, just follow the link: https://youtu.be/aEKkec6OuO8
As Catholics, we are not just called to act, but also to pray, so to help us do this CAFOD have produced a short reflective film in the form of a prayer for those who protect God’s creation: https://youtu.be/deWzXXTQLf8
Many thanks for your continuing generosity that enables CAFOD to help those communities in most need and those most affected by the climate crisis. Your donations do save lives and help others to live their lives to the full.
CAFOD Webpage Update – 19th September 2021
Many thanks - The CAFOD group are very grateful for your continued generosity over this year. We wish to acknowledge cash donations of £319, a £100 cheque and fundraising amounting to £120 by David Ross, all received in just July and August. The group also wish to acknowledge the very generous CAFOD collections at St Mary’s, which have raised £1,714 so far this year. The needs, however, remain great as is clearly illustrated in the following situations: the continuing Coronavirus crisis around the world; the African food crisis in Ethiopia, South Sudan and North-East Nigeria; the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and the situation in Afghanistan. CAFOD is working with its partners in all these situations to assist those in most need.
Harvest Family Fast Day (HFFD) – Friday 1st October – This HFFD would you please take one of the CAFOD Fast Day envelopes available at back of our parish churches to make your donations, returning them to the collection baskets at the rear of church. Alternatively, you can use an envelope of your own marked ‘CAFOD Fast Day’, to be dropped in the baskets in church as before.
HFFD Climate Crisis Appeal –This Family Fast Day, on Friday 1 October, CAFOD is asking us to support people around the world who are dedicating their lives to protecting God’s creation. People like Ivanilde, from Brazil, who are on the frontline of the climate crisis. CAFOD, through its partners around the world, are helping guardians of creation like Ivanilde to face the climate crisis head on and simultaneously care for ‘Our Common Home’. Through our donations, CAFOD will be able to help other communities face the challenges of the climate emergency. To see a short film of the HFFD short talk explaining how we can help,
just follow the link: https://youtu.be/pShERjPQJVQ
Go Green and Give –This autumn, leading up to the COP26 the UN global climate talks in November, CAFOD are asking supporters to ‘Go Green’ by taking on a climate-related fundraising challenge: https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Go-Green
There are many things suggested - a cycling challenge, going vegetarian or living plastic-free. By signing up as an individual, a group of friends or as a family, we can start collecting sponsors and raise money to help fight the climate crisis.
Together we can shine a light on some of the causes of the climate emergency while doing our bit to guard God's creation and protect our common home. For a short film explaining how to get involved
just follow the link: https://youtu.be/p-q36S0HeY85
Campaigns Update – Parliament in your Parish part of Reclaim Our Common Home (ROCH)
The ROCH campaign continues in earnest during the second half of 2021. This year, as the host of two major international conferences, the British government has a crucial role to play in 2021. In June, Britain hosted the G7 annual meeting in Cornwall, where the leaders of the seven richest countries gathered to discuss how to rebuild after the pandemic. The G7 summit did announce some good initiatives, e.g. offering 1 billion vaccinations against Covid-19 over the coming year, but the need is much greater and patents on vaccines still need to be relaxed. The summit also failed to tackle the problem of crippling national debt in low and middle-income countries, which severely hinders these countries attempts to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic. The excessive debt burden for these countries prevents them from properly funding health services, as well as financing adaptations to climate change.
Later this year, the UN ‘COP26’ climate talks take place in Glasgow during the first two weeks of November, where world leaders and their advisers will come together to agree how they will work towards ending the climate crisis. So as the eyes of the world will be on Britain this year, it is vital that we all come together to raise our voices and ensure that our government listens. If you haven’t already, please sign the online petition to the Prime Minister here, urging him to make sure communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/73304/petition/1
Parliament in your Parish - CAFOD is asking parish groups or individuals to organise an online lobby of their local MP, known as ‘Parliament in your Parish’ (P in your P) leading up to the COP26 UN Climate Conference in November. The parish CAFOD Group are trying to organise such an online meeting with our local MP, Antony Higginbotham. The group hope to arrange a meeting in late October or even early November. Anyone interested in attending the online lobby should contact Dominic Aunger (07999 512102) for further details.
Online Petition to Rishi Sunak – CAFOD now have a second online petition aimed at the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Pope Francis has called the race to halt the climate crisis “the greatest leadership opportunity of all” – and the UK government, as COP host, must be a credible leader in this race. That means the Chancellor must provide the financial support needed to get the UK on track to meet its commitments to rapidly cut its emissions and keep global temperature rises below the catastrophic 1.5°C limit. It also means the Chancellor must lead other rich countries to act on their commitment to provide financial support for people worldwide who are already losing homes, livelihoods and loved ones because of the climate crisis. It means he must honour the government’s legal obligation to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid. To sign this petition follow the link below: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/85465/action/1
Emergencies Update – African Food Crisis, Haiti Earthquake and Afghanistan
CAFOD have had a good response to these emergency appeals despite them occurring so close together. For the latest news on the situations in these countries and regions and ways you can help just follow the links below.
Food Crisis Appeal for Ethiopia, South Sudan and North-East Nigeria: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Emergency-Food-Crisis
Haiti earthquake: How CAFOD is responding and how you can help: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Haiti-earthquake-appeal
Afghanistan crisis: How CAFOD is responding and how you can help: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Afghanistan-crisis-appeal
Camino to COP - the ‘Camino to COP’, the pilgrimage walk for climate justice, which started at the G7 in Cornwall in June, visits Clitheroe on Monday 4th October. There will be a ‘Day of Hope’ taking place in the town with local story tellers, film makers, artists, musicians and poets all participating. Its final destination is of course Glasgow for the start of the crucial UN climate conference in November. For more details visit Our Lady of the Valley Parish (Ribble Valley) website, their last two newsletters (5th and 12th September) contain details (see page 2 of each): http://www.olotv.org.uk/category/weekly-view
If anyone would like to visit Clitheroe for this event, Dominic Aunger (07999 512102) and Anne Marie Coppock (07544 491425) will be attending and would be willing to offer a seat in their cars.
Praying for COP26 and the Season of Creation - The Season of Creation runs from 1 September (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to 4 October (the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) each year.
This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer. To find prayer resources (which include: a rosary, Novena to St Francis and reflections) for the season just follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Season-of-Creation
CAFOD have other prayers and prayer resources for all occasions, these can be accessed here: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources
SUMMER PRAYERS from CAFOD
29th August 2021
In the light of the Situations in Afganistant & Haiti, we offer you these prayers and reflection
A prayer for help
Almighty God, in our distress and grief
help us to remember that you love us.
We do not understand why this great disaster
has happened but help us to trust you.
for those who have died, give them eternal rest
for those who are bereaved, comfort and console them
for those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.
Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers
and sisters in whatever way we can.
Heavenly Father be with us now and always.
Diana Ng-Sutherland, CAFOD
For more information on the situation in Afghanistan and how you can help by praying, contacting our local MP and donating, just follow the link:
We woud like to acknowledge donations received at St Johns during the month of August,. £157.00 in cash plus a cheque for £100.00 Many thank for your ongoing concern & generous support.
News from CAFOD Head Office:-
Any of you who have used CAFOD's Free Will Service in recent years will have encountered the great helpfulness of Hannah Caldwell, CAFOD's legacy officer. Hannah was also involved at Southwark Catholic Cathedral in preparation of children for confirmation and first holy communion and now, after eight years working for CAFOD at Romero House in London, Hannah is moving on to start training as primary school teacher.
She is succeeded as legacy officer by Lily Bliss, who already worked for CAFOD in another team helping supporters with their donations and queries.
Thank you, Hannah, for your contribution to the work of CAFOD; God bless you; and Happy New Venture!
15th August 2021 Feast of the Assumption of our Bless Lady &
the Birthday of St Oscar Romero
A guiding light
We give thanks for the life of
Saint Oscar Romero
who spread your message
and struggled against injustice in El Salvador.
he was a shepherd, a pastor, a brother;
Like you, he was taken from us;
Like you, he remains in our hearts.
Spirit of hope, work within us,
just as you worked
in Saint Oscar Romero,
so that we too may work for justice
and spread the Good News,
by living out the Gospel,
in solidarity with those living in poverty.
Child’s Prayer for Peace
God of love,
We pray for peace in our world, and an end to war.
Instead of hatred, let there be love.
Shelter your children and protect us.
Guide us and keep us from harm,
so we can build a world of love and live our lives in peace.
We also recommend to your kind prayers the situation and people of Afganistan and also the people of Haiti who have suffered a major earthquake this weekend.
Prayer for our world
Creator God, who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbours.
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your creation may flourish.
Family prayer resources
Use CAFOD’s family prayer ideas and resources to support your family's prayer life.
With ideas to suit children of all ages, and a different theme for each week of the holidays, engage your family with their faith and what it means for how we live our lives as part of a global community today. Just follow the link for the resources:
Family activities and ideas
With loads of great activities for busy parents and families, CAFOD’s resources include fundraising ideas, home learning resources and how to take action for children of all ages. Just click on the link below:
We have forwarded another £200 to CAFOD for their ongoing work for those in greatest need - many thanks for your generous ongoing support.
Also one of our Parishioners raised £110.00p at a sponsored event in July, well done and thanks again.
We cry out to You
God of all,
we cry out to you for help.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect us, Lord, and be with us
especially those of us most vulnerable
during this coronavirus crisis.
Move us to reach out in love
to our neighbours near and far.
So that the humble may be exalted,
the hungry filled with good things.
Grant us the courage
not to rush back to our old ways,
but to rebuild our world together,
creating foundations of justice,
with equality and peace for all.
CAFOD Webpage Update – 3rd/4th July 2021
The CAFOD group are very grateful for your continued generosity over the last month and wish to acknowledge donations of £240. The need remains great with the continuing Coronavirus crisis around the world, particularly in countries like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Brazil, where CAFOD is working with its partners to assist those in desperate need.
Therefore, during this summer, CAFOD is asking supporters to consider taking part in its ‘Summer FUNraiser’. By raising money, you will be helping people around the world who are suffering because of the climate crisis, the pandemic and poverty. Are you a wannabe Olympian, tennis pro or football star? Take on an active challenge for CAFOD this summer in celebration of the return of international sporting events. Run, cycle, swim, play tennis or football, or anything else that you love doing, summer cream tea anyone! Do it on your own or with your family, for more details visit: https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Summer-FUNraiser
CAFOD’s current campaign - Reclaim Our Common Home - is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, to take an active part in renewing our troubled societies by embracing the universal values of solidarity and fraternity. As we seek to plan a world after the pandemic, we need to tackle the other challenges that plague our common home: the pandemic of hunger, the pandemic of poverty and the pandemic of runaway climate change.
As the host of two major international conferences, the British government has a crucial role to play in 2021. In June, Britain hosted the G7 annual meeting in Cornwall, where the leaders of the
seven richest countries gathered to discuss how to rebuild after the pandemic. The G7 summit did announce some good initiatives, e.g. offering 1 billion vaccinations against Covid-19 over the coming year, but the need is much greater and patents on vaccines still need to be relaxed. The summit also failed to tackle the problem of crippling national debt in low and middle income countries, which severely hinders these countries attempts to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic by properly funding health services and financially supporting citizens.
Later this year, the UN ‘COP26’ climate talks take place in Glasgow during early November, where world leaders will come together to agree how they will work towards ending the climate crisis. So as the eyes of the world will be on Britain this year, it is vital that we all come together to raise our voices and ensure that our government listens. You can sign the online petition to the Prime Minister here: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Reclaim-our-common-home
Prayer Resources - CAFOD have a rich collection of prayer resources for use throughout the year such as the prayer below:
Lord, Father of our human family,
you created all human beings equal in dignity:
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,
dialogue, justice and peace.
Move us to create healthier societies
and a more dignified world,
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.
May our hearts be open
to all the peoples and nations of the earth.
May we recognize the goodness and beauty
that you have sown in each of us,
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,
and shared dreams. Amen.
This prayer is from Pope Francis' encylical Fratelli Tutti, which was published on 4 October 2020.
CAFOD have many more prayer resources, to see these click on the link below: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources
The CAFOD parish group are now taking a break from their online meetings for the summer months of July and August; however, donations will still be gratefully received in the parish collection baskets/boxes in envelopes labelled CAFOD. We will also put a new CAFOD prayer on our webpage every couple of weeks. Our next online meeting will take place on Tuesday 7th September at 2pm. Many thanks again for your generous support, God bless and have a restful, joyous summer. Any further donations received via your envelopes placed in the basket at the back of church, will be paid into CAFOD as usual during the summer period.
27th June 2021
Thank you so much for donating to CAFOD’s Coronavirus appeal. At CAFOD, we firmly believe that no one should be beyond the reach of the love and support they need to thrive, and we pray for God’s love and guidance in our response to the global pandemic. Our local experts have the passion and expertise to help communities reduce the spread of coronavirus and its devastatining impact. Your gift will help provide communities with clean water, food, medical kits and important information on vaccines and Covid safety.
We pray for all communities affected by the pandemic and we especially pray for India at this time. There are thousands of committed individuals working on your behalf around the world during this time of crisis to show them the love that Christ shows to us.
Thank you again for sharing what you have with those in need.
Virus Response in India. (Photo Credit: Caritas India)
A request from Dominic who heads up our campaign team..
I hope you’re well and enjoying the summer sunshine. Could you please sign this petition, if you haven’t already, it’s from the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) and compliments the CAFOD petition as this one is directed at all global leaders, not just Boris.
Please join me in signing the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition so that the political leaders participating in COP15 and COP26 take action for all members of creation this year.
We have an opportunity like no other. At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in October, world leaders can set meaningful targets to protect creation. In November, at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), countries will announce their plans to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. Ahead of those meetings, it is our responsibility as Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf. We must act now.
Will you join me and take action? Click here: https://thecatholicpetition.org/?source=email&
Cheerio for now and God bless
Also news from Dominic about a request from one o CAFOD’s partners working here in the UK for a more just Fashion Industry
Thank you for adding your voice to the call for a Fashion Watchdog to make sure garment retailers buy in goods properly.
Together, we’re making our voices heard.
The more of us who stand up, the more likely the government is to decide to set up the watchdog.
If you haven’t shared the campaign already, could you forward this email to friends and family who you think would probably agree?
Campaigner at Traidcraft Exchange
Prayer for peace in Israel and Gaza
Let us pray for the many people whose lives have been torn apart by conflict in Gaza and Israel.
We remember especially those who have died, those who are grieving, the injured and those now without food, shelter or medical supplies.
We pray also for those who have the power to bring peace. May they be touched by a spirit of compassion and kindness.
14th May 2021
India is facing a devastating second wave of coronavirus, with more than 16 million cases and 200,000 deaths confirmed. Father Paul Moonjely, Executive Director of our partner agency Caritas India, has told us they are reaching out to the most vulnerable households. Their frontline workers and volunteers are working around the clock to provide healthcare. “The Church is doing all that it can to reach vulnerable families”. Father Paul Moonjely, Executive Director of Caritas India, said in a letter to the Caritas family.
CAFOD has already pledged £200,000 to Caritas India. Donations to our Coronavirus Appeal will allow us to reach more families around the world and to help support Caritas India’s response. For further updates or to make a personal donation visit, https://cafod.co.uk
To make a donation in your church, please mark an envelope CAFOD Coronavirus appeal and leave in the baskets at the back of our churches. Please make out any cheques to “CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal” and they will be forwarded direct to CAFOD HQ.
We acknowledge recent donations of £100 by cheque and £53cash. Sincere thanks for your support
Virtual Events from CAFOD HQ
I hope that you and all your loved ones are well. To help you keep connected to other CAFOD volunteers and our wider global family this week I would like to invite you and all your friends to be in solidarity and prayer with our brothers and sisters in India with a Mass for the people of India this Friday.
Friday, 7 May 6:30pm-7:30pm
India is facing a devastating second wave of coronavirus, with more than 16 million cases and 200,000 deaths confirmed. Caritas India, on behalf of the Catholic Church in India, has appealed for solidarity and assistance as they respond to this massive challenge and serve the distressed population. Join us in prayer and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in India.
Register to join us.
Other online events this week:
Thursday, 6 May 6:30pm-7:30pm
In this story-telling webinar we will unpack what ‘campaigning’ means through their individual experiences. We will share early and significant memories of campaigning, learn about campaigning and activist inspirations, discuss how to make change happen, and talk about why resilience and hope in campaigning is so important. Come join us to be inspired by the voices of people who want to make change happen.
Register to join us.
Our total to CAAFOD this Lent has now reached £915.00p – Amazing thankyou.
Below is an update from CAFOD HQ :-
Your Lenten donation has help us reach more struggling communities and transform lives. At CAFOD, we firmly believe that no one should be beyond the reach of the love and support they need to thrive.
Abdella has so much potential. He has dreams and ideas for what he wants to do with his life, but he can’t get started because he has to spend ten hours a day collecting water. He explains 'I am a young man; I am wasting my life'. But thanks to your support, we can provide simple solutions like, A solar pump. It will harness the power of the sun to draw water from below the ground. Thank you for being a part of this life changing work.
You may also remember a man called Hagos and his young family who built a farm and transformed their lives. They were recently caught in conflict – which you have may have seen on the news is affecting parts of Ethiopia – and sadly, now they face new challenges. We are continuing to work through the local Church to support people affected by this crisis. Please keep the people of Ethiopia in your prayers.
Many thanks for your support during Lent for our CAFOD Fast Day Appeal.
We have, to date sent £810 to CAFOD, which, given to current situation is amazing.
Folk donated generously even without our usual appeal. You are just amazing. Thank you.
Below is a message of thanks from CAFOD HQ with a link to a Utube film of thanks from our Director Christine Allen. Many also had the opportunity to share the Friday Station of the Cross and several Masses via “Zoom” lead by our partners overseas and at Romero House. It was a wonderful opportunity for those with internet etc.
Message from CAFOD Head Office staff
“I hope that you and all your loved ones are well. As we prepare for Easter, I would like to thank you on behalf of the CAFOD team for everything you have done to support CAFOD in parishes and schools during Lent.”
Our Director, Christine Allen has recorded a video to thank you. You can watch it at the following links and if you wish, share with your parish, school and friends who have supported CAFOD.
Video links here: Youtube (widescreen) https://youtu.be/PsjFSHE1DlA or
Vimeo (square): https://vimeo.com/529310819/c0db7c5cec.
Thank you for all your efforts to promote CAFOD’s Lent Appeal in your parish or school in challenging circumstances. Thank you to our volunteers and supporters who have participated in our Walk for Water, as individuals, in family groups or with your parish. Together our amazing supporters have clocked up 395,455 miles with the 10,000 steps a day challenge. Thank you too for joining us for Stations of the Cross throughout Lent and for participating in our Masses and webinars. We are humbled to walk alongside you on our Lenten journey in 2021.
I wish you every blessing for a joyful Easter.
On behalf of CAFOD staff and partners.
Once again many thanks from your Parish CAFOD team, and our prayers for you all at this blessed Easter time.
16 March 2021
CAFOD Lent Fast Day. Many thanks for your kind donations to CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day during these difficult times. Through donations left in your envelopes at church and also through personal delivery of donations we have received £385.00 cash plus a cheque for £100.00 Our sincere thanks, please rest assured that your kindness will bring relief to many of our brothers and sisters in the developing world whose lives are plighted through the lack of access to water. Please note that old £10 notes cannot be paid into banks any longer and we would like to acknowledge receiving a generous donation of £20 notes which we have been able to bank.
Abdella’s Day Story – where your donations help
Abdella is 23 and lives in a small village in the Afar region in northern Ethiopia.
He wakes before dark to start on a long journey that will see him walk along a dried-out riverbed, over rocks, and over a mountain just to get a drink of water. The entire journey to get water for the family will take Abdella ten hours.
Can you imagine needing a drink of water and having to spend most of the day collecting it? Coming back exhausted and bruised from the journey? Being so frustrated because you feel your life is slipping away from you? Then having to do it again without any sick days or days off.
Every Friday in Lent at 11am we will walk through the Stations of the Cross in a prayerful journey of transformation.
The CAFOD group are very grateful for your continued generosity over Christmas and into the New Year and wish to acknowledge a £180 donation for the Emergency Coronavirus Appeal & £150 in donations to the General Development Fund as part of our forthcoming Lent Fast Day. It is hard to believe, but Lent is almost here and this year CAFOD’s Family Fast Day is Friday 26th February. This year’s focus is water poverty and highlights Abdella, who lives in one of the driest places on Earth in the Afar Region of North Eastern Ethiopia. This short, powerful film highlights the hardships Abdella and his community must endure to obtain water:
Abdella has to walk for ten hours across dangerous terrain, on an almost daily basis, just to collect two jerry cans of water. He has no time or energy left for anything else. Sadly, there are millions like him. One in three people globally do not have access to safe drinking water, but with your support this Lent we can reach out and make a powerful difference. Through CAFOD, we can provide boreholes and solar powered water pumps to remote communities. We can make sure people no longer have to spend all their time collecting water, so they can concentrate on making their hopes a reality. To donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal just follow the link below:
We can also walk in solidarity with Abdella and others like him by taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Walk for Water’ Lenten fundraising challenges. To find out how to take part in a one-off walking challenge or a 40-day Lenten journey follow the link below:
Walk for Water | CAFOD
Check out the website for details of the lastest on CAFOD's Climae Justic campaign.
The CAFOD group at St John, would like to acknowledge a debt of thanks to two of our recently deceased parish members who have supported our work over many years. Mr Pat Fleming was the first Chairperson of our newly formed group in 1983 and served as chair for many years. Mr David Hartley also has supported our work often behind the scenes and especially at our bi-annual Fast Days. Our sympathies go to their families and they will remain in our prayers and memories. Our work has been build on their shoulders and the shoulders of many who have gone before us. May they rest in peace.
In light of various needs the parish JustGiving page will remain open, so if you are able to make a donation then please follow the link:
You can also continue to make donations direct to CAFOD online:
You can continue to make donations direct to CAFOD online:
CAFOD continues to hold online virtual events to keep its supporters up to date with its aid and campaigning work as well as opportunities to gather for prayer and reflection. If you wish register for these online talks or watch recordings of previous ones then follow the link below:
CAFOD’s campaign action continues to be centred on the climate crisis. Therefore, the focus of the current online campaign petition is the UK Government’s continued funding of overseas fossil fuel projects. As you are fully aware, we are living in a climate emergency. Climate change is already pushing poor and marginalised communities further into poverty. We need to act now to renew God’s precious gift of creation and ensure that everyone can flourish. We must ensure that world leaders take urgent action to limit the rise of global temperatures. That is why CAFOD are calling on our government to put an end to UK support for fossil fuels overseas and to shift support to renewable energy instead. Please join CAFOD to demand that the Prime Minister shows true global leadership by ending all UK support for fossil fuels overseas. This is particularly important as the UK is hosting the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021 and we should therefore lead by example. To sign the petition, follow the link below:
As we approach the time of year when we remember our deceased family members and friends, CAFOD also remembers deceased supporters and volunteers through memorial services and Masses. At this time, late October and early November, CAFOD promotes its free will writing service for people who wish to leave a gift for CAFOD’s work in their own wills. Leaving a gift in your will to charity is a wonderful way to reach out to future generations and help people affected by poverty and injustice live life to the full.
CAFOD’s will guide gives tips for writing a will and suggested wording for a legacy gift. They have a free will-writing service for supporters: face to face with a solicitor through the Free Wills Network or over the telephone with the Co-op.
For further details, follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Leave-a-gift-in-your-will
2020 marked the 60th anniversary of the first Family Fast Day. It was inaugurated pre-CAFOD by the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW). They raised money to fund a mother and baby clinic in Dominica as there were many malnourished and sick babies in Dominica at the time. To mark the 40th anniversary of the first Fast Day, Elspeth Orchard and Jacqui Stuyt, who helped organise that very first Fast Day, unveiled a commemorative icon of “Mary Magnificat”, pictured below:
Memories of times past with St Johns CAFOD Group
Veronica, daughter of Mary Summers sent me this photo of the ladies from our CAFOD group taken some years again.
They are wearing bespoked CAFOD Pinnafores, with the logo embroderd by Mrs Marslands daughter Geraldine. Since then the pinnafores have worn out and been replaced but we reused the logo and they are still in use today.
Unfortuanely we do not know what event was taking place.
The ladies are – left to right
Betty Ball, Catherine Hayes*,Eileen Ennis, Monica Atherton*,Mary Summers*, Louisa Cook*, and Mary Marsland*
*The star indicates a deceased member – May they Rest in Peace.