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