Sacred Heart Parishioners will transform lives in Lent.

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Parishioners in Hillsborough are organising a simple meal to be in solidarity with communities around the world who struggle to get food, as part of this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.
On Sunday 10th March, Mass goers at Sacred Heart Catholic church will also enjoy a simple ‘Family Fast day’ community meal, to raise funds for CAFOD.

The donations will go towards helping CAFOD to reach more people around the world who are currently facing some of the devastating effects of climate change.

The money will go towards teaching people new farming skills, providing hardy seeds that grow despite droughts. As well, it will support teaching communities new skills like mechanics and tailoring to help them adapt their livelihoods to survive when unpredictable weather hits.

Ailsa Rodgers is one of many volunteers who promote CAFOD’s work in Sheffield, she said ” I am spurred on to support CAFOD ‘s ‘Family Fast Day’, by the injustice in our world. A light soup lunch for us may equate to a hearty meal for some of those we support”

Angela Powell, CAFOD’s local representative, added: “It is amazing to see our local community rallying together to help our global sisters and brothers. “The generosity from parishioners at Sacred Heart is a lifeline for women, men and children all over the world. Thank you so much for your compassion this Lent.”

Climate change is the single biggest threat to reducing poverty. Whether it is floods destroying homes or unpredictable seasons leading to failed harvests, climate change is undoing years of our work together to improve people’s lives.

Open Gardens for CAFOD

A Secret Garden in Castleton

Everyone loves visiting other people’s gardens and the weekend of 29th and 30th June is an opportunity to see some of Castleton’s Secret Gardens.  There’s another reason too. Maria Kenyon, a CAFOD volunteer, not only opens her hillside garden but the Hope Valley CAFOD Group serves tea, coffee and very excellent cakes. This year the money raised will go to the Cyclone Idai Appeal. Please come along and visit all of the gardens (tickets at the Post Office) or just pop along to The Stones, Castleton where Maria and co will give you a warm welcome.

‘And you shall renew the face of the Earth’ – Our Common Home

When people from all over the Diocese of Hallam gathered with Bishop Ralph at St Marie’s Cathedral for a Creation Celebration, he renewed Pope Francis call in Laudato Si, ‘Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.’

our common home

The news reports show the increasing frequency and severity of the impacts of climate change across the world – including here in the UK. Bishop Ralph warned that we are rapidly approaching the tipping point. Yet we still have chance to mitigate the worst effects if we act now. Continue reading

CAFOD volunteers ensure MP’s hear about ‘Our Common Home’

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Clare Gardner, one of CAFOD’s volunteers in Hallam, was among over 100 CAFOD MP Correspondents who gathered at a reception at the House of Commons on May 8th.

 The reception is held annually and gives our MP Correspondents the chance to meet with fellow campaigners, as well as building their relationship with their own MP by meeting them face to face. It’s also an opportunity to brief our MPs about current issues facing the poor and our planet. If MPs hear about an issue directly from their constituents they’re more likely to act and it also helps them make informed decisions about the issues on which CAFOD campaigns. Continue reading