‘Our Common Home’ training event for the Archdiocese of Birmingham:
Wednesday 15 May, 6.30-8.30pm, Christ the King & Our Lady of Lourdes parish, 14 Westhill Road, Coventry, CV6 2AA.

Fr Tom will open the evening by celebrating a creation-themed Mass and Dan Hale, our Head of Campaigns, will be joining us to unpack the new campaign.

Please see a little more information about our new campaign here and below.

New Climate Campaign: Our Common Home
The new CAFOD Climate campaign launches in 2019. CAFOD has campaigned against climate change for many years, and a new campaign will require us to find ways to inject new energy into the issue for supporters.

The background
195 countries agreed in Paris in 2015 to limit the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees. In order to do this here, the UK needs to balance the carbon the use with action to counter emissions and so achieve ‘net zero’ before 2050.

crEATion Celebrations
CAFOD is asking Catholic communities in England and Wales to demonstrate their support for tackling climate change and achieving net zero emissions by organising creation-inspired Masses (a Laudato Si-inspired Mass of thanksgiving for God’s gift of creation) followed by a shared celebratory meal (could be as little as coffee, or could be a picnic or international meal). A petition, to the Prime Minister about the net zero target, will be signed as part of the celebrations.

Resources will land with our Campaign Volunteers at the end of March. These will include an organiser’s guide which will have ideas for Mass, hymns, bidding prayers, and stories.

In order to support our Campaign Volunteers to prepare for their own events in their parishes, we’re holding a Diocesan training event. This will consist of a Creation Mass followed by a bring-and-share celebration supper, where there will be the opportunity to sign our petition. We’ll then have an opportunity to explore the campaign background, resources etc with Dan from our Campaigns Team as well as to hear the impact of climate change of those in the global south.