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.

Dates for your diary – All welcome!

Dates for your Diary – All welcome!

Following the Creation Celebration Mass, Climate Conversations & Quiz over Shared Lunchat the Cathedral, it is hoped that all parishes will have their own Creation Celebration this year. Do let us know when you are having yours so we can publicise it here.

MAY 22ndWednesday: 12 noon Creation Celebration Mass at St Gerard’s, Thrybergh. S65 4AD

JUNE 8thSaturday: 6.30-9pm Global Healing event at Our Lady & St Thomas Parish Hall, Meadowhead, S8 7UD. A Shared Meal, video clips for discussion & prayer to stir deeper ecological conv ersion and fresh practical responses on the eve of Pentecost. All are welcome – any age, but to give an idea of numbers please contact awood@cafod.org.uk

As the Diocese moves to implement a new Environmental Policy, this could be an opportunity to look at ways your parish might respond.

8th and 15th June, Saturdays – Opportunities for volunteers to meet CAFOD’s new director, Christine Allen, and hear more about ‘No one Beyond Reach’, first in London book here and then in Manchester book here

JUNE 26th – Wednesday: Climate Lobby of Parliament. You can find out all about the current, urgent CAFOD Campaign ‘Our Common Home’ here , about ‘The Time is Now’

Mass Lobby here and register and/or book a place on a Hallam Coach here or ring 0114 268 7817. (Cost £25 max) Flyer here .The journey will be something of a pilgrimage

with a variety of activities to help our understanding of the issues and the coach will leave Meadowhall at 6.30am to be in London for the Interfaith Service at 12 noon before meeting with our MPs.

(This is an official, well-organised event, not destined to bring chaos to the streets like the recent demonstrations!)

4thOctober, Friday – Harvest Fast Day – 

November – CAFOD Memorial Mass Details tbc

23rdNovember, Saturday – All are welcome to join us for a reflective Campaign Retreat to be held at the Quaker House at Bamford, Derbyshire.

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….and I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!

Jenny Seymour is a primary schools volunteer for CAFOD Hallam

This phrase was being shouted as loud as possible by the KS1 and Foundation stage children at St Wilfrids Primary School in Sheffield when they helped me to re-tell the story of the 3 little pigs on my recent CAFOD visit.

JS three little pigs

Luckily there is no Big Bad Wolf in my story! But, I used this story to tell the children how a large hurricane (the big wind which was my equivalent of the big bad wolf!) hit many villages in the Phillipines and caused their houses to blow down, as they weren’t built at that stage by bricks or cement, as with the 3rd little pig in our story.  Instead, their houses were built with sticks or hay, like those of the first 2 little pigs.

I was able to share the good news with our children, which was that, with the help of CARITAS Internationalis, CAFOD’s partner, these villagers were given the products required to make their own cement and build stronger homes, shops and, perhaps most importantly in our story – a barn for our 3 little pigs!

The children had great fun helping me to re-tell the story and were able to very easily translate this into the experience of those villagers in the Phillipines, as they all knew so well what happened in this fairy tale.

If you would like to know more about the work of CAFOD in emergencies or to donate to our current emergency appeals, such as those faced by the people in the Phillipines, please click here.

Also, if you would like to book a visit from your very own CAFOD Schools Volunteer – please get in touch with your local CAFOD Hallam hallam@cafod.org.uk.

All Saints’ team victorious in Subsea UK’s STEM Challenge

All Saints, Full winner photoJenny Seymour is a schools volunteer in CAFOD Hallam

Students from All Saints Catholic school champion have been involved in a national challenge to use new technology to help care for our environment and reduce pollution.

With climate change being a big part of everything we do at CAFOD, it was amazing to hear about this STEM Challenge and to celebrate the success of our local pupils.

A team of pupils from All Saints Catholic Secondary School in the Hallam diocese have been crowned champions of the Subsea UK 2019 STEM Challenge, which saw five teams from across the UK compete to design an underwater vehicle to collect plastic from the sea. The STEM challenge, led and organised by Subsea UK saw more than 50 teams of secondary school students compete in regional heats to earn their place in the final in Aberdeen.

The team had to research the environmental benefits of using robots to collect materials that cause pollution in the ocean and near to islands to conserve both the marine and wildlife and their habitats. They also had to deliver a presentation to the other groups and explain what all of the different sensors were used for, how they conducted testing and overcame issues, as well as taking into account the environmental effects of pollution.

CAFOD are delighted by this news!  It is really inspiring to hear about development of new innovative technology that will care more for creation and our common home.  It is  great to learn that one of our local school partners has contributed to the design and research for this challenging project and we hope it inspires them to continue their work and share the lessons they have learned to other school children, who are indeed our future!

In the light of Laudato Si, CAFOD are working together on a new campaign called Our Common Home, to encourage the Catholic community to opt for alternative ways of living to mitigate climate change and help to conserve our God-given environment and all that dwell in it.

If you would like to know more about CAFOD’s current campaigns, please either click on the links above or visit cafod.org.uk.