CAFOD volunteers month 2021 – a fantastic selection of events to join online!

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We are celebrating CAFOD Volunteers’ Month from 1st of June to the 1st of July.

And we have a varied and hopefully really interesting series of events organised that you can join in from your laptop, tablet or phone and please feel free to invite family, friends and fellow parishioners to come along too.

Thursday 3rd June, 7pm-8pm: Mini workshop- Great photo’s

Capture your volunteering stories and events. Learn how to take great photo’s to show the amazing volunteer activities you do, from bake sales, to walking for water and everything in between!

Also watch on catch up on Friday 4th June 12pm-1pm

Tuesday 8th June, 7pm-8pm: Fairtrade and climate change- how is it linked?

Coffee, cocoa, bananas and many other products we rely on come from small farms in countries already badly affected by climate change. Join Adam Gardner, Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation as he shares the link between climate change and the products we buy and how Fairtrade aims to create better prices, decent working conditions and local sustainability.

Also  watch on catch up on Thursday 10th June 12pm-1pm.

Wednesday 10th June, 10.30am-12pm CAFOD Staff and Volunteers Briefing:

Join in a celebration of our volunteers achievements, find out what presenting is at the Children’s Liturgy is like from our volunteers.

Sunday 13th June Climate Sunday Mass with Bishop John Arnold

Livestreamed from Salford Cathedral.

Thursday 17th June, 1pm-2pm: Crisis, Conflict and Climate Change in Ethiopia

Join our representative in Ethiopia for the latest insights on the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Tigray and the impact of climate change on communities we work with in Ethiopia.

Wednesday 23rd June, 7pm-8pm: Volunteers Round Table

You are invited to a special event with other volunteers to share your volunteering experience during the past year.

Thursday 1st July from 6.30-7.30pm: Volunteer Forum

Join us to hear from CAFOD Director Christine Allen and Head of Advocacy, Communication and Education Neil Thorns about CAFOD’s challenges, joys and achievements of the past year and about our hopes for the future.

Thursday 1st July 7.30pm -8.30pm, Volunteers Mass

Join us for a special Volunteer’s Mass celebrated by Fr Mark Odion, to give thanks for our wonderful volunteers who have given so much to support our sisters and brothers around the world.

Register for any of the events in the series here:

(for The Climate Sunday Mass, check the Salford Cathedral website for details).

Our planet is facing a triple crisis: the pandemic, climate and poverty.  As Catholics, we are called to see, to listen and to respond.

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The pandemic has pushed more people into poverty and increased inequality, the climate crisis is getting worse and the nature and biodiversity of our world is being destroyed.

How we recover and rebuild our world after the pandemic is vital in addressing the climate crisis, increased poverty and inequality and ensuring everyone is safe from Coronavirus.

This year the UK government hosts two international summits, the G7 and COP26 climate talks, which will be vital in shaping the right response of the international community

Our neighbours, our brothers and sisters in the world’s poorest places are facing one of the greatest challenges.

The pandemic has been a health crisis but also reversed much of the progress of tackling poverty.

Meanwhile the climate crisis has not gone away and continues to impact on how people make a living.

So the planet is facing a triple crisis: the pandemic, climate and poverty.  It threatens the survival of millions of people in our world.

These three emergencies don’t exist in isolation.  If global emissions cause temperature rises of more than 1.5 degrees and crippling debt payments mean the world’s poorest communities are unable to rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic, millions more will struggle to survive.

How can our Catholic community help to solve these problems?

Well, by taking action.

2021 is a crucial year for achieving change. As hosts of two historic, international meetings – the G7 in Cornwall in June and the UN climate talks (COP26) in Glasgow in November, the eyes of the world will be on the UK to show global leadership in tackling the world’s major challenges.

Politicians must approach these talks in the interests of the common good rather than their own narrow, short-term national interests and put the planet and its people at the heart of the decisions they make.

But they will only do this if it’s what we all want of them.

This is where our Catholic community can make a difference.  We know that throughout history, change only happens when enough people come together and demand it of their leaders.  We need to come together as the Catholic community in this country (5 million of us) to let our leaders know that this is what we want.

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Email Rishi Sunak today!

Do take a minute to sign this petition!

CAFOD Campaigns and coalition partners are calling for an ambitious COP26.

With just a few months to go you can add your name to our call for the Chancellor to step up to the challenge and prevent communities who’ve done least to cause the climate crisis from paying the biggest cost.

It takes less than 90 seconds to get your voice heard, please sign our petition.

https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/85465/action/1

 

Thank you!

 

“We must not forget our morals when dealing with the climate crisis”

Bishop John Arnold & Bishop William Nolan’s letter in The Times Red Box

This week the House of Lords is discussing the new Environment and Business Bill, which if passed without crucial amendments to tackle all forms of deforestation — not just those classed as illegal — would mean Britain may be complicit in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil 2020: Sustainable agroforestry and land rights on the edge of the Amazon (photo: Thom Flint/CAFOD)

Recently proposed law changes in Brazil plan to legalise currently illegal deforestation practices — endangering countless indigenous communities, the rainforest and contributing to further climate change.

If Boris Johnson wants “global Britain” to be a force for good, then the British government must take urgent action for a fairer, greener and just world. It is simply not enough to face inwards, focusing on Britain’s own emissions (which account for roughly 1.1 per cent of the world’s total), we must become global leaders, and use the COP26 summit as the stage to make bold and brave commitments to tackling the climate crisis.

As we gradually emerge from the tragedies and restrictions of the pandemic we are faced with remarkable challenges and opportunities. We will emerge better or worse, not the same and as Pope Francis calls us all, “at this critical juncture, it is our duty to rethink the future of our common home and our common project”.

When the UK hosts COP26 in November this year, the leadership of this international summit must be the catalyst for transformation and hope to reach out to all those who are facing the harsh reality of the climate crisis and the continuing threat of the Covid virus.

Ayek sweeps around her home built by Caritas in Abyei, a contested region along the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Severe drought and conflict in South Sudan have left millions of vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid.

As a global church we witness the voices from our partner dioceses and parishes in other parts of the world – in Brazil, Bangladesh, Fiji, and South Sudan to name a few – their stories of drought and hunger, extreme flooding, rising sea levels polluting groundwater wells and more frequent cyclones and hurricanes washing away lives, homes and livelihoods, alerting us to how fragile life and survival can be from one moment to the next, for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

In the lead up to the COP26 summit there must be a renewal of hope and faith starting with agreements on free and fair access to vaccines including a waiving of intellectual property rights. Covid and climate don’t recognise national borders and we must be approaching them both with the common good in our hearts.

For climate this means keeping to below the vital 1.5C temperature rise which scientists tell us is vital for life and realising those promises of financial support to those already suffering from this climate crisis.

All this must prompt a wider discussion, intent and will to “emerge better” to protect our common home. And as one of the richest nations in the world, it is our moral duty to immediately end support for new fossil fuels, both domestically and internationally.

We must all look to reset our lifestyles and way of thinking. As individuals and church our own local concern and action is necessary, removing the obstacles on the path to climate transition, by making the small and sometimes bigger changes needed to our day-to-day life that are more sustainable.

photo (Laudato Si’ Research Institute)

For example, in Salford Diocese our Guardians of Creation project is working to rapidly decarbonise our diocese and provide a toolkit to support the interest from others to do the same. Dioceses in Scotland are in the process of divesting from fossil fuels investments and all parishes are being encouraged to sign up to schemes which encourage the environmental mission of the church and solidarity with all.

Scientists tell us that time is limited. Our Christian faith gives us the hope needed to drive the change we want to see, being part of the solution to the climate crisis through our words and actions. We hope the government chooses to do the same.

John Arnold is Bishop of Salford and William Nolan is Bishop of Galloway

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Join us for an inspiring evening of PechaKucha and prayer!

Talks for change: Stories from CAFOD champions

Thursday, 29 July 6:00pm-7:00pm

Join us for an inspiring evening of PechaKucha and prayer! Ideal for anyone aged 18 to 30, young leaders, students, and University chaplains. Come along to hear from our CAFOD champions, past present and future.

Hear about the journeys with CAFOD and their involvement in campaigning, praying and volunteering for global and climate justice and how this has impacted them.

Find out ways to get involved in this important year of campaigning ahead of COP26 to demand action for a cleaner and greener world.

Register to join us.

First World Day for Grandparents and elderly people – Sunday 25 July

Pope Francis asks us to: “Remember your grandparents this month” ahead of the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly to be celebrated on Sunday 25 July (and annually on every fourth Sunday in July).

This new celebration honours of all grandparents and the elderly, who are so important to our communities and our Church.

The Pope’s chosen the theme is: “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30). The Holy Father reminds us that this is the promise Our Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven.

Here is the Holy Father’s message in full:

“Dear Grandfathers and Grandmothers,  Dear Elderly Friends,
“I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!

I am well aware that this Message comes to you at a difficult time: the pandemic swept down on us like an unexpected and furious storm; it has been a time of trial for everyone, but especially for us elderly persons. Many of us fell ill, others died or experienced the death of spouses or loved ones, while others found themselves isolated and alone for long periods.

The Dream of St Joachim – Giotto, courtesy WikiArt

The Lord is aware of all that we have been through in this time. He is close to those who felt isolated and alone, feelings that became more acute during the pandemic. Tradition has it that Saint Joachim, the grandfather of Jesus, felt estranged from those around him because he had no children; his life, like that of his wife Anne, was considered useless. So the Lord sent an angel to console him. While he mused sadly outside the city gates, a messenger from the Lord appeared to him and said: “Joachim, Joachim! The Lord has heard your insistent prayer”. Giotto, in one of his celebrated frescoes, seems to set the scene at night, one of those many sleepless nights, filled with memories, worries and longings to which many of us have come to be accustomed.

Even at the darkest moments, as in these months of pandemic, the Lord continues to send angels to console our loneliness and to remind us: “I am with you always”. He says this to you, and he says it to me. That is the meaning of this Day, which I wanted to celebrate for the first time in this particular year, as a long period of isolation ends and social life slowly resumes. May every grandfather, every grandmother, every older person, especially those among us who are most alone, receive the visit of an angel!
At times those angels will have the face of our grandchildren, at others, the face of family members, lifelong friends or those we have come to know during these trying times, when we have learned how important hugs and visits are for each of us. How sad it makes me that in some places these are still not possible!

The Lord, however, also sends us messengers through his words, which are always at hand. Let us try to read a page of the Gospel every day, to pray with the psalms, to read the prophets! We will be comforted by the Lord’s faithfulness.  The Scriptures will also help us to understand what the Lord is asking of our lives today. For at every hour of the day (cf. Mt 20:1-16) and in every season of life, he continues to send labourers into his vineyard. I was called to become the Bishop of Rome when I had reached, so to speak, retirement age and thought I would not be doing anything new. The Lord is always – always – close to us. He is close to us with new possibilities, new ideas, new consolations, but always close to us. You know that the Lord is eternal; he never, ever goes into retirement.

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells the Apostles, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (28:19-20). These words are also addressed to us today. They help us better understand that our vocation is to preserve our roots, to pass on the faith to the young, and to care for the little ones. Think about it: what is our vocation today, at our age? To preserve our roots, to pass on the faith to the young and to care for the little ones. Never forget this.

It makes no difference how old you are, whether you still work or not, whether you are alone or have a family, whether you became a grandmother or grandfather at a young age or later, whether you are still independent or need assistance. Because there is no retirement age from the work of proclaiming the Gospel and handing down traditions to your grandchildren. You just need to set out and undertake something new.

Nicodemus with Jesus – Henry Ossawa Tanner – WikiaArt

At this crucial moment in history, you have a renewed vocation. You may wonder: How this can be possible? My energy is running out and I don’t think I can do much. How can I begin to act differently when habit is so much a part of my life? How can I devote myself to those who are poor when I am already so concerned about my family? How can I broaden my vision when I can’t even leave the residence where I live? Isn’t my solitude already a sufficiently heavy burden? How many of you are asking just that question: isn’t my solitude already a sufficiently heavy burden? Jesus himself heard a similar question from Nicodemus, who asked:  “How can a man be born when he is old?” (Jn 3:4). It can happen, the Lord replies, if we open our hearts to the working of the Holy Spirit, who blows where he wills. The Holy Spirit whose freedom is such that goes wherever, and does whatever, he wills.

As I have often observed, we will not emerge from the present crisis as we were before, but either better or worse.  And “God willing… this may prove not to be just another tragedy of history from which we learned nothing… If only we might keep in mind all those elderly persons who died for lack of respirators… If only this immense sorrow may not prove useless, but enable us to take a step forward towards a new style of life. If only we might discover once for all that we need one another, and that in this way our human frailty can experience a rebirth” (Fratelli Tutti, 35). No one is saved alone. We are all indebted to one another. We are all brothers and sisters.

Given this, I want to tell you that you are needed in order to help build, in fraternity and social friendship, the world of tomorrow: the world in which we, together with our children and grandchildren, will live once the storm has subsided. All of us must “take an active part in renewing and supporting our troubled societies” (ibid., 77). Among the pillars that support this new edifice, there are three that you, better than anyone else, can help to set up.  Those three pillars are dreamsmemory and prayer. The Lord’s closeness will grant to all, even the frailest among us, the strength needed to embark on a new journey along the path of dreams, memory and prayer.

Joel – Michelangelo – WikiArt

The prophet Joel once promised: “Your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men will have visions” (3:1). The future of the world depends on this covenant between young and old. Who, if not the young, can take the dreams of the elderly and make them come true? Yet for this to happen, it is necessary that we continue to dream. Our dreams of justice, of peace, of solidarity can make it possible for our young people to have new visions; in this way, together, we can build the future. You need to show that it is possible to emerge renewed from an experience of hardship. I am sure that you have had more than one such experience: in your life you have faced any number of troubles and yet were able to pull through. Use those experiences to learn how to pull through now.

Dreams are thus intertwined with memory. I think of the painful memory of war, and its importance for helping the young to learn the value of peace. Those among you who experienced the suffering of war must pass on this message.  Keeping memory alive is a true mission for every elderly person: keeping memory alive and sharing it with others. Edith Bruck, who survived the horror of the Shoah, has said that “even illuminating a single conscience is worth the effort and pain of keeping alive the memory of what has been.” She went on to say: “For me, memory is life.” I also think of my own grandparents, and those among you who had to emigrate and know how hard it is to leave everything behind, as so many people continue to do today, in hope of a future. Some of those people may even now be at our side, caring for us. These kinds of memory can help to build a more humane and welcoming world. Without memory, however, we will never be able to build; without a foundation, we can never build a house. Never. And the foundation of life is memory.

Finally, prayer. As my predecessor, Pope Benedict, himself a saintly elderly person who continues to pray and work for the Church,  once said: “the prayer of the elderly can protect the world, helping it perhaps more effectively than the frenetic activity of many others.”  He spoke those words in November 2012, towards the end of his pontificate. There is something beautiful here. Your prayer is a very precious resource: a deep breath that the Church and the world urgently need (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 262). Especially in these difficult times for our human family, as we continue to sail in the same boat across the stormy sea of the pandemic, your intercession for the world and for the Church has great value: it inspires in everyone the serene trust that we will soon come to shore.

Dear grandmother, dear grandfather, dear elderly friends, in concluding this Message to you, I would also like to mention the example of Blessed (and soon Saint) Charles de Foucauld. He lived as a hermit in Algeria and there testified to “his desire to feel himself a brother to all” (Fratelli Tutti, 287). The story of his life shows how it is possible, even in the solitude of one’ s own desert, to intercede for the poor of the whole world and to become, in truth, a universal brother or sister.

I ask the Lord that, also through his example, all of us may open our hearts in sensitivity to the sufferings of the poor and intercede for their needs. May each of us learn to repeat to all, and especially to the young, the words of consolation we have heard spoken to us today: “I am with you always”! Keep moving forward! May the Lord grant you his blessing.

Rome, Saint John Lateran, 31 May 2021

Lord Jesus,
help families and society
to value the presence and role of grandparents.
May they never be ignored or excluded,
but always encounter respect and love.
Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed
in all the years of life which you give them.
Mary, Mother of all the living,
keep grandparents constantly in your care,
accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,
and by your prayers, grant that all families
may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland,
where you await all humanity
for the great embrace of life without end.  Amen!

Part of a prayer written by Pope Benedict in 2008 for the Catholic Grandparents Association

 

Jean’s 10K Summer FunRaiser

Jean Ruston, a parish volunteer from St Michael’s RC parish in Brecon responded to CAFOD’s appeal for individuals to do a summer FunRaiser.

Jean Ruston, our CAFOD representative in Brecon

St Michael’s Catholic Church is one of the most historic churches in the Menevia diocese and is at the heart of the Catholic community of the beautiful market town of Brecon nestling in the spectacular Brecon Beacons. Fr Jimmy Sebastian also serves the beautiful church of St Joseph’s in Hay-on-Wye.

Jean has been a loyal volunteer for many years and said:

I felt I had not done very much lately to support us (CAFOD) so I saw your Summer Fun idea and I have entered for a 10k race in Cardiff which will be held this Sunday 4th July (after a change of date which I very nearly missed!). Fr. Jimmy is being very supportive and has mentioned the event at Mass and in the Bulletin.

Jean successfully completed her 10K Summer FunRaising challenge on Sunday! If you would like to support her fundraising efforts, just follow the link to her JustGiving page.

Jean at the finish line of her 10K running challenge in Cardiff


Thank you Jean! Think you deserve to put your feet up for some well-earned rest!

Jean with the stunning Brecon Beacons in the background

Parish volunteers, like Jean, are totally invaluable to CAFOD. They help us raise awareness of CAFOD’s global work fighting poverty and social injustice. Jean brings together CAFOD and the parish by promoting Fast Days and our current campaigns and advocating that CAFOD’s efforts are upheld in prayer.

Parish volunteers make the link between the local community and our global work. Helping social justice translate to a local level for parishioners to learn more and to participate.

So how does this help CAFPD?

Without wonderful volunteers like Jean, and many like her across England and Wales, we lose our ability to spread our message locally, which hampers our ability to help the many millions of people in our human family who are living in poverty. You help us to spread faith and hope for a better, dignified and more sustainable future.

Hilary Ruston (left) and Jean Ruston (right) no relation!

UK churches relay to COP26 – Wales tributary began in Swansea on Saturday 3/7

The climate crisis is a reflection, and a cause, of deep injustice in the world. This crisis arises from our abuse of God’s creation, and our broken relationship with our neighbours worldwide who suffer most from its consequences.

The Young Christian Climate Network is organising a relay which began in Cornwall at the G7 summit and will end at COP26 in Glasgow. They are convinced of the Biblical mandate to care for creation and lament its exploitation.

YCCN walkers setting off from St Thomas Church in Swansea

Inspired by the long Christian tradition of pilgrimage and the history of Christian activism, they YCCN is coordinating the relay as a group of young Christians seeking to mobilise the UK church as a whole in climate justice.

The young walkers with colleagues from Christian Aid

COP26 is a moment of opportunity and of decision. We can choose to respond to the call of climate justice.

Aberavon beach in Port Talbot

Our sisters and our brothers in churches around the world are losing their livelihoods and homes, and we will stand with them.

Tired… but they made it! The relay’s arrival at the historic Cistercian Abbey of Margam.

In years to come, we want the UK church to look back on 2021 and say “we did not sit at home while unjust decisions were made on our doorstep, we set sail towards a just future”.

The key asks from the YCCN:

  1. Reinstate the foreign aid budget to pre-COVID levels. 
  2. Secure agreement from rich countries to double the commitment of $100bn a year for climate finance
  3. Develop with other governments and international organisations a new regulated climate loss and damage mechanism which not only saves lives but livelihoods.
  4. Push for the debts of the world’s poorest countries to be cancelled so they can better confront the climate crisis and other urgent priorities
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Amser i ddweud “Diolch” – Time to say “Thank you” – join us tonight for our final volunteer events

Don’t forget to join us for a special event this evening to meet with other volunteers to share your volunteering experience during the past year.

Thursday 1st July from 6.30-7.30pm: Volunteer Forum

Join us to hear from CAFOD Director Christine Allen and Head of Advocacy, Communication and Education Neil Thorns about CAFOD’s challenges, joys and achievements of the past year and  our hopes for the future.

 

 

 

 

The volunteer forum will be followed immediately by Mass from 7.30-8.30 p.m.

This special Mass for volunteers and supporters will be celebrated by one of CAFOD’s new Trustees, Fr Mark Odion.  Fr Mark will give thanks for you all – our wonderful volunteers  and supporters – who have given so much to support our sisters and brothers around the world – despite some difficult personal challenges at home.

Register for both events here:

Special drawing rights & debt cancellation

Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs are an important part of CAFOD’s debt cancellation work, as we continue our campaigning ahead of the UN climate conference – COP26, in Glasgow.

What are SDRs? Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) are a unit created by the IMF which are added to the reserves of member countries so that they have more finance available (referred to as liquidity). They are an international reserve asset which can be used by countries to shore up national reserves or exchanged for hard currency, often US dollars.  The last time SDRs were created was in 2009 following the financial crisis. They are about to be created again to respond to the damaging economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK will receive circa US$27 billion worth of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) in August 2021 (equivalent to around £19 billion). CAFOD has published a discussion paper on SDRs and argues that the UK should use an increase to overall reserves to rapidly scale up access to Covid vaccines for the poorest countries and to tackle the global climate and biodiversity crisis.

Tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and biodiversity loss are areas the UK has consistently identified as priorities through its leadership role in COVAX and in the recent Integrated Review. They are also priorities for key allies. This is evidenced by the on-going commitments by G7 ministers and bold action by the Biden administration to eliminate trade barriers on vaccines, increase climate finance and to agree a huge domestic economic recovery package with a strong green dimension to it

In the ‘Special Drawing Rights’ briefing paper CAFOD is recommending that in August 2021 the UK government deploys £9.5 billion worth of its SDR allocation. The UK should consider using the boost to its reserves from the SDRs to make grant contributions to mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund, and COVAX – the global system to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines.  Continue reading

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers in Cardiff, Menevia and Herefordshire!

As we come to the end of June, a month where we have be celebrating our wonderful volunteers, I would like to say a personal thank you to every volunteer in the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Diocese of Menevia.

Your support, love and concern for those communities that CAFOD works with has been truly amazing despite the difficulties you have faced in the last year. Thank you all so much!

Over the past 18 months volunteers throughout England and Wales have come together online to hear from our friends and partners around the world, and have joined in prayer at online Mass.

When churches were unable to open their doors to congregations, volunteers did contactless collections, organised plant sales and walked, swam and ran to raise money. Education volunteers Zoomed into school assemblies and lessons because they were unable to visit in person.

A record-breaking year

  • 59,423 registrations to watch CAFOD online talks
  • 13,510 supporters watched CAFOD online talks live
  • 4,229 supporters watched recordings of online talks
  • Children’s Liturgy Live webinars brought 797 families to pray and worship online with CAFOD

The celebration of volunteer month culminates on Thursday 1st July with the Volunteer Forum with Christine Allen and Neil Thorns from 6:30pm to 7:30pm followed by Mass with CAFOD trustee Fr Mark Odion.

>> Please register here

I have added a selection of volunteer photos from the past few years. Please indulge me! Looking through them has brought back some wonderful memories of just how much you have all contributed to CAFOD in so many different ways, over many years.

Each one your actions has made a difference. Every prayer has made a difference. And your steadfast support through the pandemic has inspired us, sustained us and humbled us. You are amazing Thank you for your support, past, present and future.

 

This summer, support CAFOD with your very own Summer FUNraiser!

Are you an aspiring Olympian, tennis pro or football star? Then, take on an active challenge for CAFOD. Run, cycle, swim, play tennis, football, or anything else that you love doing. You can do it on your own or with the whole family!

You’ll be helping people around the world who are suffering because of the pandemic, poverty and the climate crisis.

Take a look at this short film and be inspired to join us for a CAFOD Summer FUNraiser! 

Do something that you love and get active.  Need some ideas?  Check these out!

Whatever you do this summer, let’s have FUN and raise funds for CAFOD!

Just £12 will buy weather proof crops.

When crops fail due to extreme weather, poor families in rural areas go hungry.

This gift can provide essential training, seeds from different strains of local crops that can survive longer without water, as well as teaching how to grow plants raised above floodwater areas.

 

 

 

 

See our World Gifts to see more examples of how your generous support can transform lives.