Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

 

Our 11 o’clock mass this Sunday, 28th July, will be a Creation celebration, in support of CAFOD’s climate change campaign called ‘Our Common Home’. This campaign is, of course, driven by the need to face up to the biggest challenge of our times, climate change. Some progress has been made and we understand ever more about the changes that are happening around us and what will happen if we don’t act. But things are urgent now. Climate change affects the whole of creation – the whole world that God has created. So, as Christians, we have to play a part in the response. 

The mass is a celebration of Creation. We are all part of God’s Creation and we are called to protect and restore our common home. Pope Francis has said we need to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. This response will require changes but, the longer we wait to respond, the greater the changes will have to be and the greater the impact.

The homily will be given by David Brinn, from CAFOD, who used to be the co-ordinator for the Clifton diocese. There will be a petition for signing after mass, alongside our regular fair trade stall. This calls on our (new!) Prime Minister to act quickly to ensure that all government departments bring forward policies to help achieve net zero emissions; that our investments at home and overseas are consistent with this; and that leadership is shown by making concrete commitments at the key international summits to address this issue.

We look forward to the celebration on Sunday and to hearing what you think – give us your thoughts and ideas, as well as your signatures!