Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis



Climate change affects our health, our environment and our future, and things are getting urgent now, with Parliament declaring a climate emergency. This is not the legacy that we want to leave for our grandchildren; this is not the future we want.     

As people of faith, we’re determined to speak up for our common home, and last Wednesday, 26 June, three of us represented CTK parish as we gathered at Westminster to speak to our politicians and make our voices heard.

The lobby brought together members of over 100 like-minded organisations – members of The Climate Coalition – to speak to our politicians.  Politicians will only increase their ambition if they see that we care. They will act if their constituents tell them that they want change. The Prime Minister says there’ll be a law to make our target for 2050 net zero, instead of a reduction of 80% of emissions compared to pre-industrial levels. The coalition says we can do better than that, and get there by 2045, but perhaps the most important thing now is to start taking action, putting in place now the measures that will get us there.

Unfortunately, our local MP, Luke Hall, was unable to attend, so we left him messages to urge him to meet us another time. We nevertheless had an inspiring day, starting with an inter-faith service at Church House, at which a member of each of the main faiths spoke. It was reassuring that each shared the same concerns, and each spoke of the motivation that their faith provides to look after God’s creation. It was also great to see a considerable CAFOD presence, led by the new Director, Christine Allen. 

If you’d like to add your voice, there’s still a petition on the CAFOD website and there’ll be opportunities later in the year to show your support. Thank you.