David Bray of St Pius X parish in Withywood Bristol writes: “Recently we switched off all power for one hour to be in solidarity with the poor and those who do not have access to safe electricity. We did this as part of the CAFOD Power to Be campaign.
Thinking about these poor, we prayed as we did so. My lovely wife Marites, who had lived in Lambusan on the Philippines, told me she never had electricity in her home in Lambusan in Cebu Philippines until she was around 13. They cooked by burning wood by the light of a kerosene lamp. Marites told me the dark was scary at times. All this happened around 1976. She went on to tell me that even now they have only a dirty kitchen in which to cook whilst power cuts and water shortages are frequent.
However, Marites tells me her childhood was wonderful as her home was full of love and happiness even if they were poor compared to the western world.
Find out about the work of CAFOD in the Philippines and the things you can do to support CAFOD in this work.
Emptying a bag of coins
The school opened their recent Seaside themed summer fete with a giant sun pavement chalk picture covered with copper coins.
Pupils had been collecting coins over the last few weeks in a fish tank. Seventy pounds in 1ps and 2ps was raised for CAFOD. Parish contact Sam Chandler said “the PTFA came up with the idea. I was delighted to be asked to run a ‘Power to Be’ stall at the fair, alongside RNLI Portishead which is also part of our St Josephs family as we are very much a coastal town”.
The completed sun
The sun was out as people from around the diocese gathered for this year’s Diocesan Family Day.
For a third year, the diocesan family was once again drawn together at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, for a day celebrating the Diocese’s real sense of belonging. With a vast variety of workshops, keynote speakers and activities for all ages on display, the fine weather led to a fantastic day enjoyed by all. The day brought many groups, communities and organisations within the diocese together, putting themselves and their work on display to enable many to find out more of how they service the people of Clifton.
CAFOD held a stall, with many children enjoying the free balloons and pencils on offer. Many adults were keen to find out about campaigns such as Power to Be, which is currently being run by CAFOD, encouraging the support of local, renewable energy around the world to transform the lives of the poorest communities.
CAFOD volunteers Irene Prentice, Mike Honan and Sr Marie Hennessey ran the stall for the day, which was great – many thanks to them and all the volunteers and supporters who visited the stall on the day.