St Anne’s Primary support Power to Be

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

St Anne’s Primary School, Audenshaw, have been showing their support for the Power to Be campaign with their very own schools visit from CAFOD volunteer, Briege Sivills.

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Children listening to Mrs Sivills’ assembly on CAFOD

The whole school had the opportunity to learn about CAFOD’s work around the world in an assembly, learning that worldwide one in ten people live in poverty.

The year sixes were then able to take part in a workshop, which taught the children about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign and how some children across the world are sometimes unable to reach their true potential due to poverty and a lack of renewable energy.

Children at St Anne's

Children at St Anne’s writing to the world bank on their Power to Be sun rays

The class then wrote their messages to Melanie Robinson, the UK representative at the World Bank, encouraging her to invest more money into providing safe, renewable energy to people across the world.

CAFOD volunteer, Briege Sivills, said: “The school were delightful and the children really engaged in learning about CAFOD’s work.

“I presented the assembly stood by one of the school’s display boards, which said the word ‘justice’, which is exactly what CAFOD is about.

“The children will be continuing to support the Power to Be campaign by signing action cards.  Thank you to all the children and staff at St Anne’s!”

Miss Freeley, who co-ordinated the visit, added: “Mrs Sivills shared with us the harvest theme, ‘Brighten Up.’

“She then told us that when we raise money for CAFOD the money goes on training, safe spaces, education, small businesses, sharing skills and support.

“Thank you for coming in and sharing all about CAFOD with us!”

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Learn about El Salvador at one of our Harvest Fast Day meetings

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching, with only a few weeks to go.

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CAFOD Salford will be holding a number of Fast Day gatherings, to tell you the stories of those we support in El Salvador, and to provide you with the resources you need to be able to know about our goal of focusing on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters and creating peace.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “plant the seeds that one day will grow”

Whether you’d like to speak at mass, hold a Fast Day or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

You are welcome to join us at one of our Harvest Fast Day briefings in the diocese of Salford, to learn more about CAFOD’s work in El Salvador and how your support is making a difference:

Accrington
Tuesday 19th September, 7pm-9pm
St Mary’s,
Catlow Hall Street,
Oswaldtwistle,
Accrington,
BB5 3EZ

Bury
Thursday 28th September, 7pm – 8.30pm
Our Lady and Guardian Angels,
Harvey Street,
Elton,
Bury,
BL8 2RD

Please do let us know if you’re planning to attend, or you can find out more information by emailing salford@cafod.org.uk or calling the CAFOD Salford office on 0161 705 0605.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monthly Prayers – September 2017

Opening Prayer:

Longing for light, we wait in darkness,

longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

Light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in our hearts.  Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

                                                (Bernadette Farrell)

Scripture      1 Thess 5:1-11

(The first New Testament book to be written, about 50AD)

5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.

So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him.

11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Luke 4:31-37

31 He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. 32 They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority.

33 In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm.

36 They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” 37 And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

Reflections  

When we have created time for sanctuary in life, then the interior landscape of our life will be more clearly revealed to us, both its bright side and its dark side.  To stay with what we see there requires courage to face, not only the light, but also the darkness of the human heart.  Such contemplation involves real pain and, to find contemplative happiness, we must be willing to wrestle with demons.  The good news is that we have sure guides to help us through this painful but rewarding process.

          From “Finding Happiness” by Christopher Jamison OSB

 

Christ is the morning star who, when the darkness of this world is past, brings to his saints the promise of the light of life and opens everlasting day.

          (The Venerable Bede)

Intercessions

For those who watch and wait and weep today.

Closing Prayer 

May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  God has called you, and he will not fail you. (1 Thess 5:23-24)

And may the glory of the Lord shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path, that you may ever walk in his light.  Amen.             (David Adam)

 

Join us for Monthly Prayers at CAFOD Salford, Katherine House, every first Tuesday of the month.