Good afternoon to you. I hope that this e-mail finds you well and you are enjoying the longer summer days and perhaps the chance to be out and about more. It has been a difficult time for many people over the last year and we are so thankful for the support the Catholic community has given to us and the work you’ve made possible. Here are a few examples of communities transformed by water, including a nice video of Binga from Zimbabwe delighted at a new water source – ‘I even whooped for joy.’ Thank you for your part in this work. Please do share this in your parish newsletter if you think your parishioners would appreciate it – and thanks for sharing articles we’ve sent in the past few months.
I wanted to remind you of the support and resources from CAFOD that are available to the whole Catholic community. You may already be using these resources, but I thought it might be helpful to highlight them for you in case they’re of interest to you. Do feel free to pass them on to those who may be interested.
Family Prayer Resources for Summer - We will be offering a prayer focus for each week of the summer holidays with some simple ideas, designed to help parents explore faith with their children, in solidarity with our global family. This will be available from mid-July at https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/
Also, we have resources for the Season of Creation and our Harvest Fast Day (Friday 1st October) appeal will feature some of our work in the Amazon. Join us in praying the joyful mysteries of the Holy Rosary as we seek to nourish our commitment to care for the earth. This will be available from September at https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/
Laudato Si' encyclical resources | CAFOD – this link will take you to the page on our website with a range of resources around Laudato Si’, to study, reflect, pray and take action.
Livesimply award | CAFOD – one of our most popular community activities is our livesimply award. This award is given to parishes and communities that have taken significant steps to respond to the Church’s call to live simply.
I am very aware of the preparations as part of the synodal process over the second half of 2021. We will be holding online sessions, open to all with experts sharing what is synod, why it is important and how parish communities are participating. You are welcome to join these sessions and to invite your parishioners to come along too. Our first session on Tuesday 27 July at 7pm will feature a conversation with Christopher Lamb, Rome correspondent for The Tablet, about why Pope Francis is inviting us all to participate in the synod. Click here to book onto the session.
Many Catholic parishioners have been responding to Pope Francis’ call for a better kind of politics and meeting their MPs this summer. If you supported one of these CAFOD meetings, calling for more action to tackle the climate crisis and to help the poorest countries cope with the pandemic, thank you. Thank you also if you are supporting our petition to the Prime Minister.
Thank you once again for your leadership and commitment to working in solidarity with people in need of support. Whether that’s in support of our Fast Days or Emergency appeals, our advocacy campaigns or for holding us and our work in your prayers.
God bless you in your ministry. You remain in our prayers.
With best wishes,
Community Participation Coordinator – Lancaster Diocese