Lent is a time when we usually challenge ourselves to make some alternative choices about our lifestyle and is perhaps, an ideal time to personally commit to three lifestyle changes towards healing the planet. Fill in a pledge card in the porch and pin the green part to the noticeboard. Think about things like food, clothing, the natural world, plastic, energy and transport.
Two special film screenings
The Live Simply Group is hosting two film screenings during Lent in the Church Hall. These films are in response to Pope Francis Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ on caring for our common home.
‘Global Healing’ on Saturday 26th March 2.00-4.00pm (refreshments from 1.30pm with prompt 2pm start). This film is in three parts with discussion in between. Please register for a place.
‘Global Caring’ on Saturday 2nd April 2.00-4.00pm (refreshments from 1.30pm with prompt 2pm start). This film works as a stand-alone film or as a companion film to Global Healing. This film is also in three parts with discussion in between. Please register for a place.
Living life more simply
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.
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. CAFOD has a range of documents ablout Livesimply that you can download from its website:
The Livesimply award is the first step in our ‘ecological conversion’ see Laudato Si’. 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.
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.
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Taking action to defend our common home. Cafod’s campaign called ‘Reclaim Our Common Home’ shows us how we can take an active role. In January 2021 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
To find out more see COP26
To get involved locally please see Brentwood Diocesan Laudato Si’ Invitations, Commitments and Actions
If you are interested in helping the parish of Christ the King work towards the Livesimply award please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and put live simply in the subject header.