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St John Fisher, Coventry; Fairtrade baking success

Fairtrade Fortnight at St John Fisher Parish in Coventry concluded with a special surprise. One week after the CAFOD talk highlighting Zimi’s story, the Parish Centre tea and coffee morning bristled with activity. Some very enterprising young people in the parish had spent a great deal of time and effort making fairtrade cakes and fudge from fairtrade ingredients. Selections of cakes, small and large were on display which had been prepared by the young people themselves the night before. The young people had also written and prepared recipes from fairtrade goods and displayed leaflets for parishioners to take away and try themselves. The piece de résistance though was a large square fudge cake that was cleverly decorated with the fairtrade symbol. Since this first cake sale, the young people have hosted 2 more cake sales, the total amount raised so far for CAFOD is £222.29.

Due to the positive response shown by the parishioner’s during Lent, the young parishioners hope to  continue with future cake sales and also as the demand for recipes has been great, the young people have decided to begin creating a baking book full of recipes of the cakes sold and favourite recipes given to them by parishioners.

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Thirst for change, four days to go: I expressed action through art

 Faith through Art group

There’s four days to go until we hand in your Thirst for Change campaign cards into Number 10. Jo Ferro and a group of artists at St Mary’s, Harborne, expressed their thirst for change through art. How are you getting creative about tackling injustice?

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I’m an artist and freelance photographer. For eight years, I’ve been involved in an art group in the parish. It started when our parish priest asked me if I thought an art auction would raise money. I advertised for other artists in the community and, a week before the auction, we all met in the church. When the art was revealed, it was a jaw-dropping moment. This is the beginning of something, we thought, this has to go on. ‘Faith through Art’ was born.

Catholic social teaching says that ‘Beauty is the door to Christ and art is the doorway.’ So when people say to me, ‘Church is not a gallery’, I can say ‘Yes, but…’

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Thirst for change, seven days to go: I wrote a song

John and his guitarJohn Tibbits, a year 10 student from Birmingham, was inspired to write a song after hearing about our Thirst for Change campaign. There are just seven  days to go until we hand your campaign messages into Number 10, Downing Street – how have you been inspired by the campaign?

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When I read up on the Thirst for Change campaign, I realised the amount of change that clean water can bring. That’s what gave me the idea to write a song.

I want to try and help people. I feel like that’s my vocation, to try and help people in more difficult situations. I want to persuade other people to take action, to tell them how hard it is for people who don’t have clean water. Continue reading

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