Volunteers and CAFOD supporters gathered at Christ the King and Our Lady of Lourdes in Coventry to witness the launch of the new CAFOD campaign Our Common Home.

Last night's (Wed) event began with a creation-themed mass celebrated by Canon John Farrell.

During the offertory volunteers brought up items to represent creation and our common home.

Afterwards around 40 people sat together for a shared supper and explored the resources for holding a creation-themed evening in their own parishes.

We were lucky to have an inspirational talk about Climate Change and the new campaign Our Common Home from Dan Hale, CAFOD’S Head of Campaigns.

As a volunteer, I found the evening both moving and very informative, but also it has inspired me to encourage parishes to hold similar celebrations and/or petition signings to further promote the Our Common Home campaign - as we really can make a difference if we act now.

Can your parish hold a special mass to celebrate creation, with a petition-signing and a bit of food afterwards, or maybe tea and cake?

This is what CAFOD is asking parishes to do to be part of the new campaign, Our Common Home.

We are calling on the UK government to be more ambitious with climate action.

We need our leaders to set a by-2045 net zero emissions target in law, meaning that the emissions we put into the atmosphere are no greater than the ones we remove.

By Rose Griffith, Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for Birmingham North and East deaneries.