ON Saturday (May 25), parishioners from Burry Port held one of the country’s first ‘Creation Celebrations’ – a special event where people celebrate the environment and campaign to tackle climate change – and it was attended by Mayor Peter Freeman, who came to show his support.
Local Catholic parish, Our Lady Star of the Sea, was transformed into the Garden of Eden – decorated with animals and stars, sun, moon and clouds provided by the local school – for the special event which Mayor Peter Freeman and Mayor’s Consort Mrs Belinda Freeman attended.
After Mass, which included special readings around the theme of the environment, CAFOD volunteer Stella Westmacott gave a reflection, and the congregation came together to sign a petition addressed to UK government asking for faster and more effective climate action.
Maria Elena Arana, CAFOD’s campaign coordinator, said: “The whole day was a fantastic success with all parishioners coming together to support a great cause. Through the words of parish priest Fr Martin Donnelly, who celebrated Mass with so much joy, we learnt the importance of Creation and celebrating how beautiful it is.
“We would like to give a special thanks to Stella Westmacott and her husband Paul who helped to organise and decorate ahead of the celebration and to the mayor for coming and supporting this event.
“We now need to stand as a whole community to raise awareness and tackle climate change.”
After the Mass, the Creation Celebration continued in the parish hall where there was a discussion about the importance of nature to local life – including the impact of the sea and coastal areas.
A celebratory meal included egg sandwiches, vegan dips, scones with jam and cream and some victoria sponges – a feast enjoyed by all.
Maria Elena continued: “We would like to say thank you to all the church goers and volunteers at Burry Port for speaking out about climate change at their first Creation Celebration.”
The idea of a creation celebration came from CAFOD’s ‘Our Common Home’ campaign. A Creation Celebration involves a mass followed by a shared meal and a conversation on climate change.
If you would like to find about CAFOD’s campaigns, please visit: cafod.org.uk/capamaign