Winslow surprises our CAFOD Coordinator

The parish community at Winslow have been great in supporting CAFOD’s work over the years and 2017 was no exception.

Harvest Fast Day

Simple reminder to Gift Aid donations

Frank Preece – Parish Volunteer

 

For Harvest Fast Day, with the support of their parish priest Fr Anton Webb, Frank Preece (parish volunteer) delivered the Fast Day talk and envelopes were handed out to encourage people to Gift Aid their donations.  They had a simple and effective way to remind people the following week as well (see picture above).

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Bishop Peter shows solidarity with the World’s poorest

When Debbie Purfield met up with Bishop Peter Doyle for a catch up on CAFOD’s work in the diocese, she was keen for Bishop Peter to hear about the latest campaign – Power to Be calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people..

Bishop Peter Doyle signs the Power to be Petition

Bishop Peter was keen to support the campaign and signed a petition there and then to show his solidarity.

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Bishop Peter also heard how several parishes like St Edward (Milton Keynes) and Sacred Heart (Leighton Buzzard) had invited their MP during the week of action to let them know about these issues and they held a card signing in their parishes as well.  Some like St Teresa (Princes Risborough) held a talk during the week of action while others are planning to hold the card signing later on in the year.

With the many changes taking place in the diocese over the coming months, it was good to hear how parishes were still keen to stand in solidarity with those living in poverty and take action.

Bishop Peter Doyle shows his solidarity of those living in poverty

 Bishop Peter said, “Thank you CAFOD for your untiring work of raising awareness of and supporting our brothers and sisters living in poverty through engagement in parishes and schools in our diocese. You do wonderful work and I am very grateful for all you do.”

 

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Sacred Heart Leighton Buzzard shines out for Power to Be

When the Justice and Peace group at Sacred Heart Leighton buzzard heard about the Power to Be campaign, they wanted to promote it in their parish and beyond.

Andrew Selous MP joins in the Speak Up Week of Action in Leighton Buzzard

With the support of the parish priest Fr John Danford, the group organised a walk during the week of action where they invited their MP Andrew Selous to attend and to let him know what mattered to them.

Thereafter, they organised a card signing petition to call on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people

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Fr John Danford promoting Power to Be

But they didn’t stop there. In order to make a bigger impact, Fr John cut out some “sun rays” and asked parishioners to write messages on them. 

It could be to the World Bank, a promise to save energy or a prayer.  With his usual flare, Fr John designed a very innovative “Power to Be sun” which he was very proud of.  It now hangs for all to see.  What artistic talent especially with the solar panel sunglasses!

 

A really wonderful support and example of solidarity with our brothers and sisters living in poverty! Thank you Sacred Heart Leighton Buzzard.

 

Voices shining brightly – Sacred Heart Leighton Buzzard

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