STARTING A GROUP
I put an item in the newsletters of local churches saying ”Are you concerned about the way we treat animals? Do you want to bring justice and concern for animals into our Catholic parish life? Contact me to discuss how best we can do this”. I added contact details and submitted the item for 3 weeks.
We meet once a month, but once every 2 or 3 months would be fine. Take it easy and don’t overstretch your commitment. You could advertise the meetings every now and again in the church bulletins.
Submit some bidding prayer suggestions, perhaps once every 3 months.
Have a stall at church events, with leaflets, petitions, a collecting box, copies of ”The Ark” magazine, perhaps posters. Catholic Concern for Animals will provide copies of ”The Ark”, and we can send you a collecting box free. Just print out a label and attach to the box.
Download ours and alter the contact details so that they show your name and address, not ours. Or order from other organisations, or print your own. On some occasions like World Day of Prayer for Animals (Oct. 4th, St. Francis’ feast day) you could ask for permission to give out leaflets to people leaving the church after Mass.
Publicise ours. Or print your own. The printed version of our ”Committee” petition is parish specific, ie the name of the parish is to be written on the form, and only people from that particular parish can sign that particular form. Download our forms and fill in your church’s name and address.
PROMOTE CATHOLIC CONCERN FOR ANIMALS
Catholic Concern for Animals is known and respected by the Catholic clergy. No-one could object to your distributing copies of ”The Ark”, or recruiting for members for that organisation.
Catholic Concern for Animals will give Talks about their organisation, about animal issues, the environment, the Pope’s latest Encyclical and related matters. Get a venue (church hall), get a date, write a short item with details and email it to local church’s newsletters. Perhaps give a Talk yourselves.
Let people know that you’re there – write to local, national and global websites and publications.