CAFOD Prayers – January 2018

Tuesday 2 January


Sign of the Cross

Opening Prayer:

He who comes

comes to us now

in the silence,

in the darkness,

in the confusion,

in the loneliness,

as Word and

as Light,

as Truth and

as Love:




                                       (Harry Wiggett)

Scripture      Numbers 6:22-27

22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

27 So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Luke 2:16-21

16 So (the shepherds) went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


Concluding Prayer

God, our dayspring and our dawn,

we turn to you when we fear the dark

and all around us weep.

We pray you greet us with your shining light

that we may spread your warm embrace

and kindle the hope of Christmas

in all whose lives remain in shadow.

Come and be our strength, O Lord,

our hope and our salvation.  Amen.             

       (Annabel Shilson-Thomas)

Four ways to get involved with Power to Be

Every child has the power to achieve great things, yet without access to electricity, the world’s children are being held back from living life to the full. Renewable energy gives children the power to break free from poverty. By supporting our Power to Be campaign, you and your parish can change lives for good.


Here are four ways to launch Power to Be in your parish:

1. Sign cards in your community

Order campaign action cards for everyone in your parish and get people to sign and send them to Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to ask her to support renewable energy to tackle poverty, so that everyone can fulfil their God-given potential.

  1. Organise a Power to Be liturgy

Invite your parish or school to pray together with our Power to Be liturgy. You can even involve the children with our new children’s liturgy resource.

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CAFOD volunteers at Wardley Hall, sharing the Power to Be liturgy

  1. Spread the Word

Use our short talk and our prayers of intercession to get the word out in your parish. You can look at our organiser’s guide for more ideas. You could even meet with your MP.


CAFOD Salford volunteers meeting with Julie Cooper MP

  1. Get creative

Create an eye-catching Power to Be sun display; perfect for children and adults alike!

St Brendan’s, Harwood in Bolton, set a great example earlier in the year, with their sun display which had promises to save energy, prayers for change and messages to the World Bank on its rays. Can you do something similar?

We have already had some fantastic responses to our campaign, but there is still time for you to get involved and make a difference!

Find out more about Power to Be here.

Not our cup of tea: CAFOD Salford takes action at Sainsbury’s

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Staff and volunteers from the CAFOD Salford office recently visited Sainsbury’s, Heaton Park, to deliver a petition to the store manager.

CAFOD’s latest campaign action is targeting Sainsbury’s in response to their decision to move away from the Fairtrade label on some of their tea products, replacing it with their own ‘Fairly Traded’ tea. We are concerned that this could result in unfair deals for poor farmers. The Fairtrade Foundation has said that 229,000 farmers would be affected by Sainsbury’s proposed change, which is why it is so important to get involved and tell Sainsbury’s: Don’t Ditch Fairtrade!

The campaign is simply asking if you could get a photo taken in front of your local Sainsbury’s by downloading the tea mug prop. You could also follow this up by signing and giving over the letter to the store manager. Fairtrade and tea are two things that we feel particularly strong about in the Salford office, so we we happy to take the trip down to Sainsbury’s to pass on our concerns.

Volunteers from all over Manchester signed the campaign letter and we took our CAFOD banner, and tea mug prop down to Sainsbury’s.

Vin Allerton, a CAFOD volunteer and diocesan Fairtrade co-ordinator, asked to see the manager so that he could return his box of ‘fairly traded’ tea and explain our disappointment.  Unfortunately, the store manager was unavailable on this occasion, but we were promised by a customer services assistant that our concerns would be passed on.

Vin Allerton said: “I just think that Sainsbury’s decision will undermine the Fairtrade logo, and cause confusion. It’s a step in the wrong direction and we think it should be reversed.”

Ann Wilson, CAFOD’s local representative, added: “Buying Fairtrade tea is a proven way to make a difference every time we drink a cup of tea, and the action by our CAFOD volunteers shows the mark is widely supported in Manchester and indeed, across the country.

“Sainsbury’s has been a leading retailer of Fairtrade products, making a real difference to the lives of tea farmers and their families in some of the world’s poorest countries. We’d like them to reconsider this decision to remove the Fairtrade mark from their own-brand tea.”

We enjoyed getting out of the office and getting involved with this campaign, and it’s so easy to do.

See what you can do to get involved, and if you do we would love to hear about it in the Salford office!