Power to be: five ways to spread the word in your parish
26 June 2017
We've launched our new campaign, Power to be. Hundreds of Catholic parishes and schools across the country are already taking action. Will you join us?
What is the Power to be campaign?
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.
Campaigning ideas for your parish
Here are our top tips to launch Power to be in your parish.
1) Sign cards in your community
Order campaign action cards for everyone in your parish to send to Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to ask her support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can fulfil their God-given potential.
2) Organise a Power to be liturgy
3) Spread the word
4) Get creative
5) Speak up to your MP
From 1-9 July, you have the chance to speak up to your newly elected MP about climate change and renewable energy. Planning a parish BBQ or garden party? Invite your MP to meet people in your parish during the Speak Up week of action
How can my parish support Power to be?
As parishes across England and Wales prepare to launch Power to be, volunteer David Worrall explains how his parish in Newcastle-under-Lyme is getting involved.
He says, “Reading Veronica’s story showed me how much we and our children take for granted in our day-to-day lives. The Power to be campaign is therefore one we must support and bring to the attention of our parishes as soon as possible.”
With the support of their parish priest Father Paul, David will give the Power to be short talk at three Masses on the 1-2 July to tie-in with the climate week of action. Posters will be displayed at Church. At each Mass, there will be a group of CAFOD supporters in attendance. Cards will be given out before and after Mass to be signed immediately; or taken away, signed, and returned to Church; or taken away, signed and posted by parishioners.
David says, “by preparing well in advance, it has been easy to organise, but it is essential to get your parish priest on board early. CAFOD’s resources on the campaign are well written and instructive. I think the cards will strike the right chord with our congregation.
“Our parishioners at Holy Trinity are firm supporters of the principles of CAFOD and I am sure that they will embrace the campaign vigorously.”