COP26: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES FORMING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEWARDS OF GOD’S CREATION
As we near the end of the first week of the COP26 UN climate summit, two Catholic bishops have issued a statement lauding the action and commitment of Catholic school pupils in their response to the ecological crisis. See more
Pope Francis: “A real chance for change”
In a reflection given to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day programme on 29 October, Pope Francis looked ahead to the COP26 UN climate summit and challenged us to work together to offer a radical new outlook on how we tackle climate change. See more
Cardinal to PM: Support poor and vulnerable communities facing “devastating effects of climate change”
Ahead of the meeting of world leaders at the COP26 UN climate summit, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written to the Prime Minister to express the hopes of the Catholic community in England and Wales. See more
Prayer Vigil for the Earth
The Vigil takes place before and during COP26 on Saturday 30th October and Saturday 6th November from 11.00am to 12.30pm. All are welcome to attend. We will sit in silence during the current climate and ecological crisis and pray for a better and greener world where the poorest people can thrive. If you are unable to attend, please see prayers you can say at home.
If you share our concerns about our precious Earth please join us at the Vigil. Prayer sheets will be available when you arrive.
World leaders will be meeting in Glasgow from 1st to 12th November for this UN climate change conference. Pope Francis in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, calls each of us to care for our common home.
“We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children.” Those are the words contained in a joint appeal signed by Pope Francis along with scientists and religious leaders recently in the Vatican during a meeting entitled “Faith and Science: Towards Cop26”.
The appeal spells out, in no uncertain terms, that unprecedented challenges “threaten our beautiful common home”.
CAFOD Brentwood is encouraging parish groups and individuals across our diocese to join a London march for climate justice on Saturday 6 November from 11 am, as part of a Global Day of Action.
As world leaders gather for the COP26 climate talks, thousands will be marching in London to let them know that urgent action is needed to keep global temperatures within 1.5 degrees, and to ensure that meaningful support is given to the countries that have done the least to cause the climate crisis.
You can register at Global Day of Action for the climate 2021 | CAFOD
Also visit CAFOD’s website for more.
The Launch of Brentwood Diocesan Laudato Si’ Invitations, Commitments and Actions took place during the Weekend of 2nd/3rd October 2021
This document is for every parishioner, young person, priest, deacon, religious sister and brother, parent, grandparent and school pupil in the Diocese. It has now been published and can be accessed at www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/laudatosi You will find lots of resources such as prayers, links and ideas to help you play your part in practical ways to protect our planet from further damage, by caring for our common home.
There is a special Diocesan prayer, written for the launch of our Laudato Si’ Invitations, Commitments and Actions; you are warmly welcome to download and pray the prayer It is in a “display version” which will print cleanly so that you can use it at home, in your parish or at school.”
When you visit Christ The King Church please pick up from the table in the porch:
- a copy of your personal invitation to pray and act, to cherish God’s creation and strive for justice for the world’s poorest people
- a pledge card so you can commit to the action you choose to take. Please keep the blue part of your card visible at home as a reminder and return the green part to the Church using the post box on the table in the porch. We would like to refer to these commitments by displaying them on a notice board to inspire other people. Your pledges are of course anonymous and a matter between you and God.
Our Commitment at Christ the King
We are committed to working towards the LiveSimply Award to increase biodiversity, reduce climate footprint and diminish poverty. If you are interested in helping us with this project please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and put LiveSimply as the email subject.
CAFOD Brentwood is offering two online Livesimply Award information sessions on Wednesdays 3rd and 24th November at 7.30pm via Zoom to help parishes take the first initial steps to becoming a Livesimply parish. As you know we are committed to achieving this at Christ the King and would ask you to register for a place, in advance. Please email: email@example.com Thank you for your support!
Care for God’s Creation Living Laudato Si’ – Online Retreat 15-18th October Bishop Alan will open the retreat:
Pope Francis has written a letter to everyone on this planet …
The Season of Creation
The Season of Creation runs from 1st September (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to The Feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4th October. The theme this year 2021 is called ‘A home for all? Renewing the oikos [household] of God.’ This is when the global Christian community spanning six continents comes together in caring for our common home. This includes:
In his Encyclical Laudato Si’ Pope Francis concludes with two prayers. Here are two exercpts from paragraph 246.
A prayer for our earth: O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. A Christian prayer in union with creation: Teach us to contemplate you in the beauty of the universe, for all things speak of you. Awaken our praise and thankfulness for every being that you have made. Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is. God of love, show us our place in this world as the channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
How we can choose to live sustainably with creation. The LiveSimply award encapsulates this ethos beautifully with lots of ideas for living life more simply and in solidarity with those in poverty.
The G7 Summit
Catholics call for leadership on climate change as UK hosts G7 Summit and COP26
Over the summer parishes across Brentwood Diocese will be organising online meetings with their local MP to urge the UK to demonstrate leadership on climate change as host of two major global events this year. The G7 Summit, a gathering of government leaders from some of the world’s richest nations will take place in Cornwall from 11-13 June and in November the UK will also host the COP26 UN Climate Talks in Glasgow. See more
Our future must be ‘sustainable’ and ‘just’, Bishops tell G7 leaders
“The urgency of the global ecological crisis, and the teachings of our Catholic faith implore us to speak out, take action, and make decisions that benefit our planet and the most vulnerable in society,” say the bishops. See more
The Earth is in Crisis
The climate is changing at an alarming rate affecting the lives of the poorest who are the most vulnerable to it. And we are likely to be affected too. Pope Francis calls this an ‘ecological crisis.’ He reminds us that creation is a gift from God. We have a common responsibility to care for our common home of which we are all part. We have the knowledge and technology to repair the damage, yet because of the way we live our lives we choose not to and this is adversely affecting our planet.
Change of Heart
Let’s begin with the heart because if we care about something we will do something about it. Faith contributes to how we feel and provides us with our own personal framework. Lockdown has shown that nature is good for us, and nurtures our mental wellbeing as well as our souls. Now is a time to reconnect with what we value when we see the consequences of our actions on the environment. We pray for the grace of a true conversion of heart. Look at the goodness and beauty of creation, reflect and allow yourself to change in a positive way.
So what they all need is an “ecological conversion,” whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 217
Call to Action
We are looking to form a team of people who would like to put their faith into action. The Livesimply award from CAFOD is awarded to communities that can demonstrate they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably. The Livesimply award is the first step in our ‘ecological conversion.’ Each and every one of us can help to repair the damage to our planet by making small changes. When these are added together we can make a difference. Not only will we be living life more fully but also inspiring others by making visible the results of our actions. The Holy Spirit can motivate us to act.
If you are interested please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and put Environment as the subject header.
All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.Pope Francis Laudato Si’ 14
CAFOD has a range of documents ablout Livesimply that you can download from its website:
We cannot fix the situation ourselves but the Lord can. We need to trust in God and have Christian hope. Without this, some may claim that our desire for a good future is not only difficult to achieve but impossible.
There is a new spirituality in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has connected everything for us in Laudato Si.’ We give thanks for the organisation of the Church, which already provides us with a structure, enabling us to get on and do things. This is the place where some might say, you will find others to change the world with.
Laudato Si’ Week 16th to 25th May 2021
Pope Francis invites you to celebrate Laudato Si’ week. See more
Let us Dream: The Path to a Better Future
This book is by Pope Francis and sets out a contemporary discipleship that helps us understand God’s closeness to the earth and the poor. It is based on the Pope’s remarkable Encyclical letter called Laudato Si’ (meaning ‘praise be to you’) and is the most published papal document.
Dr Austen Ivereigh assisted the Pope with his book and has written two others about the Pope. He gave a presentation on 30th January 2021, which you can watch on: www.whatgoodnews.org
The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales
As Christians we are inspired to be good stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resourcesThe Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales
The CBCEW established the Environment Advisory Group (EAG) with Rt Rev. John Arnold, Bishop of Salford as the lead. Its purpose is to make a practical response to Laudato Si’. Each diocese is preparing its own environmental policy in place. Fr Dominic Howarth, is leading an Environmental Policy Group for the Diocese of Brentwood.
For more information visit: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/environment/
In January this year CAFOD launched its campaign called ‘Reclaim our common home,’ in relation to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter called Fratelli Tutti, based on fraternity and social friendship. Building a better post pandemic society is the challenge ahead. CAFOD believes that transformation is possible but it requires action. And there are two key issues:
Cancel the debt, fund vaccines and save lives
According to CAFOD up to 150 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty because of Covid-19. Demand for debt repayments from some of the poorest countries across the world continue to be made by large banks and speculators. See more
Climate change remains a huge threat to poverty. CAFOD is campaigning for a reduction in fossil fuels. See more
Pivotal Year 2021
The G7 Summit, an annual meeting of the leaders of the world’s richest countries is meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall between 11th and 13th June, hosted by the Government. Problems facing the world will be discussed including climate change and the environment and international development. You can find out more here
The 26th annual UN ‘conference of parties’ is taking place in Glasgow between 1st and 12th November. As the host nation, the UK will hold the COP presidency. Governments are required to improve their goals for ceasing their contributions towards climate change under the Paris Agreement. See more