Climate Change is a Crisis!


CAFOD is calling on the UK government to be more ambitious with climate action – we need our leaders to set a ‘net-zero’ emissions target before 2045, meaning that the emissions we put into the atmosphere are no greater than the ones we remove.

Thus, CAFOD is asking parishes to hold a Creation Celebration during the summer, which is a mass, followed by food and conversation, and a petition to show your group’s support. This is a fantastic way of getting the message out to everyone of how important the problem of Climate Change really is. To help with this, CAFOD is inviting you to a modelling mass of how to run this kind of mass, at St Pius X parish, Bristol South this May 12th, at the parish’s 10.30am mass.

The modelling mass is to inspire and demonstrate how easily this can be held in your parish anytime between now and October.

CAFOD Clifton Creation Celebration Modelling Mass – 10.30am Sunday May 12th at St Pius parish, Gatehouse Avenue, Bristol BS13 9AB  

         This is the 10.30am Mass at St Pius X followed by some food, drink and conversation
         Liz from the CAFOD office in Bristol  and Olive Barnes the CAFOD volunteer campaigns volunteers co-ordinator are organising this mass, as a way to demonstrate how to run the same mass in your own parish
         A Climate Change scientist, Doug Barnes will be speaking at the mass about what exactly Climate Change is, and how we can be involved in stopping it
         Liz and the others will have information for people to discuss after the Mass
         See here for the Organisers’ Guide , including a poster to promote a mass in your parish
         CAFOD has also created a Grace Dice to continue the climate conversations at home – a great one for families too
–    The political action is a petition which can be done after Mass or during the Creation Celebration – or simply on its own
     –     the Creation Celebration masses can be held at any time in the year, but the more petitions CAFOD can get by the end of October the better
     –     there is also a fantastic new campaign film created by young adults from around the world
     –     For more information on net zero, there is a  factsheet

St Mary’s brilliant idea for CAFOD Lent fund-raising in 2019.

Young people at St Mary’s Cricklade had a brilliant idea for their CAFOD Lent fund-raising this year. As the parish has no hall or kitchen, they were unable to hold a lunch for the community so the young people made soup kits with the recipe and ingredients to make carrot soup. They then spoke to the congregation at Mass to explain what they did, so as to encourage everyone to take part on Family Fast Day. At the end of Mass they gave out kits. The young people of the parish were following CAFOD’s outline of Let’s eat simply so others can simply eat!’


Some of the children giving out the kits at the end of Mass

Resulting from this initiative from the children, the parish was able to, as a result, reflect on the CAFOD message for Lent this year:

“People who are facing drought, conflict, disease, injustice… We believe in a world where every woman, man and child can flourish. But the reality is we are forced to turn away one in three requests for help. Simply because we don’t have enough money to go around. An example of this is a woman in Bangladesh who is in need of help. Mahinur [ma-hin-oor] lives very near the coast, in an area that’s badly hit by climate change. Cyclones are common, salty sea water floods the rice fields, and – most devastatingly for Mahinur – a drought last year killed all the fish. Dragging her empty net out of the river, Mahinur told us: “There should be fish in the river now. But there’s nothing. I have no reason to smile.” Mahinur has a disabled husband and son to support, so she’s working every hour of the day doing odd jobs for her neighbours in return for rice. It’s not enough. Some days the family just drink water for dinner. Currently, there is no happy ending to Mahinur’s story. This is the situation she faces today, because we haven’t been able to support her. She is the one in three. But working through the local Church, our experts make up one of the largest aid networks in the world. Through them, your support can reach to the ends of the earth. We already know where Mahinur is. We know she needs help. And we know how to help. That’s why having a simple meal for Family Fast Day and making a donation to CAFOD is such a lifeline. An outstretched hand to a friend in danger. Together, we can reach out to children, women and men in God’s family with love. Together, we can change the ending of more stories like Mahinur’s”.

It’s not too late to send in your own personal donation to CAFOD, or ensure your parish has sent theirs through – together, we really can make a difference!


Clifton Deanery Planning Meetings for Lent

Thank you so much to all our Deanery volunteers who have participated in our Deanery Planning Meetings for Lent, held in Bristol and Taunton thus far. We had really good sessions and shared some great ideas about improving the visibility of CAFOD in our parishes. It was lovely catching up with so many of our hard-working and committed CAFOD Clifton volunteers.

Weston-Super-Mare CAFOD Area Coordinator Samantha Chandler serves up part of the ‘Rich World Poor World’ meal as part of the Taunton – Glastonbury – Weston-Super-Mare CAFOD Deanery Planning Meeting for Lent; Bill Furness – CAFOD Area Coordinator for Glastonbury lends a helping hand, as does Chris Davies, CAFOD Parish Volunteer from Weston-Super-Mare.

We are looking forward to meeting more of you in the upcoming planning meetings, in Devizes, Gloucester and Bath. These meetings provide a great opportunity for us to get together and make plans for inspiring our fellow parishioners to get involved in Family Fast Day on 15 March as well as updates and ideas on all things CAFOD!

poor Bill! He’s actually on the ‘poor table’, along with CAFOD Area Coordinator for Taunton, Nora Maw and CAFOD Parish Volunteer from Glastonbury, Bernadette

See here for the details of the other meetings:

CAFOD Swindon & Salisbury Lent Planning Meeting Saturday: Feb 16th 1.00 – 3pm
Venue: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
St Joseph’s Place, Devizes SN10 1DD

CAFOD Cheltenham-Stroud-Gloucester Lent Planning Meeting Monday: Feb 25th 1.00 – 3pm
Venue: Prinknash Abbey
Cranham, Gloucester, GL4 8EX

CAFOD Bath – Trowbridge Lent Planning Meeting Saturday: March 2nd 11.00–1pm
St John the Evangelist Parish Hall
South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AF