November 20 and 27, 2022: Fairtrade at Our Lady of the Valley

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Fairtrade is a system of certification that aims to ensure a set of standards are met in the production and supply of a product or ingredient. For farmers and workers, Fairtrade means workers’ rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay. For shoppers it means high quality, ethically produced products.

Choosing Fairtrade means standing with farmers for fairness and equality, against some of the biggest challenges the world faces. It means farmers creating change, from investing in climate friendly farming techniques to developing women in leadership. 

With Fairtrade you change the world a little bit every day. Through simple shopping choices you are showing businesses and governments that you believe in fair and just trade.

Thank you so much to all who supported the Fairtrade Sale during these 2 weeks. Between the 2 participating churches of St Michael and St John’s and St Mary’s, Clitheroe and Sabden, we have made a profit (up till now, to be updated) of £62.15 (including trade discount, sale of Peace lilies and donations). This will be donated to CAFOD.

September 20, 2022: Season of Creation Services

For the Season of Creation Services see the Laudato si’ Group webpage

Season of Creation: September 1 to October 4, 2022

The Season of Creation runs from 1 September (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to 4 October (the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) each year.

This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer.

We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth our common home.

“Listen to the voice of creation” is the theme and invitation of this year’s Season of Creation. In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 2022, Pope Francis calls on us to use the season to “cultivate our ecological conversion” and to pray together in “the great cathedral of Creation”.

Read the full text of the Pope’s message

CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.

We are the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

We are also a member of the Caritas International Federation – a network of Catholic relief and development agencies.

COP26 – Campaign for the climate

The destruction of our land, oceans and forests is threatening people’s homes and their ability to earn a living.

In November, governments from across the world gather to discuss how to tackle the climate emergency at COP26. It’s vital for the Catholic community to demand that our leaders act now to protect our common home.

Join us for COP26: Global Day of Action for the Climate 2021 – 6 November 2021

Our campaign One Climate, One World is calling for politicians to work together to:

  • prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty
  • support the transition from polluting fossil fuels to sustainable energy for all.

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No one wants to live on handouts. Our priority is to equip people with skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.

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Fast Day collections are held twice a year in Lent and Harvest time.

We raise money by selling goods at Hurst Green Flea Market twice a year.  Also, items are sold on eBay and in the local paper.  More fundraising ideas are always welcome.

We welcome new members.  Please come to our meetings to see what we are doing for CAFOD.

If you cannot attend the meetings and wish to join our group, please contact Grace (see below).  Extra meetings can be held for the convenience of parishioners from Sabden and Dunsop Bridge

CAFOD Parish Chairperson:  Grace Fellows 01200 425928