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Welcome to St. Clement's CAFOD webpage
CAFOD is the official overseas development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
CAFOD's existence relies on volunteers in parishes who promote a wider understanding and support for its work.
We would be very happy to hear from anyone who would like to help support the work of CAFOD in the parish. Please contact Rev Graham Bamford 020 8393 5572 who will pass your details to the Parish contact
The CAFOD Team in St Clement’s Church undertakes the following tasks.
The CAFOD team promotes the Lent and Harvest Fast Days annually. We also fundraise throughout the year for projects in specially chosen regions overseas.
- Responding to emergencies
We enable the parish to respond to emergencies, by providing information received from CAFOD as new emergencies break. We keep parishioners informed of what CAFOD is doing, and offer them the opportunity to support the work.
We raise awareness of the latest CAFOD campaigns and encourage parish support for action each year.
- Prayer and reflecting
We encourage prayer and reflection on the global implications of faith, through the use CAFOD materials, at mass and other liturgies and by passing on children's liturgy materials.
- Working with young people
We develop links between CAFOD and St Clement’s Primary School, the parish Youth Group and Confirmation program.
- Making news
We promote CAFOD’S work to the wider community by having articles printed in the diocesan newspaper and the local press, in a style that reflects CAFOD's vision, mission and values.
2017 marks the sixth year since the launch of Connect2 Cambodia and the sharing of stories from Samrong Mean Chey.
St Clements has been supporting CAFOD’s partner Salvation Centre Cambodia (SCC) since 2014. In that time we have raised £1914.33 to work with the people of Samrong Mean Chey on a variety of projects from education and advocacy to HIV stigma reduction. After many years of working with SCC in Samrong Mean Chey , CAFOD and their partners have decided to introduce our parish to new areas of their work in Cambodia.
In early February we will be introduced to our new Connect2 community from Pouk district .
On the notice board in the Narvex is a final update from the community of Samrong Mean Chey which celebrates the achievements of the last nine years of partnership between CAFOD and SCC.
Thank you for your generosity
Pope writes Encyclical! No
great surprise there.
But Pope Francis has written about the environment.
That’s new, even
1) The discussion on the environment has a spiritual dimension.
Until now, the environmental dialogue has been framed mainly with political, scientific and economic language. With this new encyclical, the language of faith enters the discussion—clearly, decisively and systematically. Others have spoken about the crisis—Francis highlights the teachings of his predecessors, - but in its systematic spiritual approach, this is a ground breaking document that expands the conversation by inviting believers into the dialogue and providing fresh insights for those already involved.
2) The poor are disproportionately affected by climate change.
The pope states that focus on the poor is one the central themes of the encyclical, and he provides many baneful examples of the effects of climate change, whose “worse impacts” are felt by those living in the developing countries. Throughout the encyclical, the pope appeals to the Gospels, to Catholic social teaching and to the statements of recent popes to critique the exclusion of anyone from benefits of the goods of creation.
3) Less is more.
Pope Francis critiques an unthinking reliance on market forces, in which every technological, scientific or industrial advancement is embraced before considering how it will affect the environment and “without concern for its potential negative impact on human beings” (No. 109).It is the time, he says, to accept “decreased growth in some part of the world, in order to provide recourse for other places to experience healthy growth” (No. 193). In contrast with the consumerist mindset, Christian spirituality offers a growth marked by “moderation and the capacity to be happy with little” (No. 222).
4) Catholic social teaching now includes teaching on the environment.
“Laudato Si” "is now added to the body of the Church’s social teaching" (No. 15). As such, it continues the kind of reflection on modern-day problems that began with Leo XIII’s "Rerum Novarum" on capital and labour, in 1891. Pope Francis uses some of the traditional foundations of Catholic Social Teaching, particularly the idea of the “common good,” to frame his discussion. In keeping with the practices of Catholic social teaching, the pope combines the riches of the church’s theology with the findings of experts in a variety of fields, to reflect on modern-day problems.
5) Discussions about ecology can be grounded in the Bible and church tradition.
“The Gospel of Creation,” in which Pope Francis leads readers, step by step, through the call to care for creation that extends as far back as the Book of Genesis, when humankind was called to “till and keep” the earth. But we have done too much tilling and not enough keeping. Pope Francis traces the theme of love for creation through both the Old and New Testaments. In addition to helping non believers understand the Scripture and the church’s traditions, he explicitly tries to inspire believers to care for nature and the environment.
6) Everything is connected—including the economy.
“Laudato Si” links all of us to creation: “We are part of nature, included in it, and thus in constant interaction with it” (No. 139). But our decisions, particularly about production and consumption, have an inevitable effect on the environment. A heedless pursuit of money that sets aside the interests of the marginalized and leads to the ruination of the planet are not unconnected. Nevertheless Pope Francis provides an intelligent critique of the limits of the market, especially where it fails to provide for the poor. “Profit,” he says, “cannot be the sole criterion” of our decisions (No. 187).
7) Scientific research on the environment is to be praised and used.
Although Pope Francis does not try to “prove” anything about climate change in this document, his encyclical accepts the “best scientific research available today” and builds on it, rather than entering into a specialist’s debate (No. 15). Speaking of the great forests of the Amazon and Congo, and of glaciers and aquifers, for example, he simply says, “We know how important these are for the earth…” (No. 38:) As the other great Catholic social encyclicals analyzed such questions as capitalism, unions and fair wages, “Laudato Si” draws upon both church teaching and contemporary findings from other fields—change, and especially its effect on the poor.
8) Widespread indifference and selfishness worsen environmental problems.
Pope Francis reserves his strongest criticism for the wealthy who ignore the problem of climate. Selfishness also leads to the evaporation of the notion of the common good. This affects not simply those in the developing world, but also in the inner cities of our more developed countries, where he calls for what might be termed an “urban ecology.” One cannot care for the rest of nature “if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings” (No. 91).
9) Global dialogue and solidarity are needed.
Perhaps more than any encyclical, Pope Francis draws from the experiences of people around the world, using the insights of some eleven bishops’ conferences. Moreover, the “new dialogue” and “honest debate” he calls for is not simply one within the Catholic Church (No. 14, 16). In fact, the pope calls into dialogue and debate “all people” about our “common home” (No. 62, 155). A global dialogue is also needed because there are “no uniform recipes.” What works in one region may not in another (No. 180).
10) A change of heart is required
At heart, this document, addressed to “every person on the planet” is a call for a new way of looking at things, a “bold cultural revolution” (No. 3, 114). Although we face an urgent crisis, the document is hopeful, reminding us that because God is with us, we can strive both individually and corporately to change course. We can awaken our hearts and move towards an “ecological conversion” in which we see the intimate connection between God and all beings, and more readily listen to the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (No. 49).
Thank you for reading this news and events briefing. The CAFOD team at St. Clement's welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback on all aspects of it's contents and production.
If you would like to join the parish team please contact Jonathan Inns 020 8393 0595 firstname.lastname@example.org