The CAFOD group at Our Lady and St Michael’s in Abergavenny, took advantage of the beautiful sunshine at their church’s garden fete to launch a new linking scheme with a poor community in El Salvador.
The linking scheme, called Connect2, is a CAFOD initiative that links parishes here in the UK with a community overseas. The scheme offers the opportunity for parish communities who already fundraise with CAFOD to see how the money they raise is making a difference to some of the poorest communities around the world.
Dierdre Mahon, a parishioner and member of the CAFOD group said “It was wonderful to see so many people respond positively to this new initiative. Quite a few of the parishioners said that they already give to CAFOD through a direct debit, but they really like the idea to see where the money goes and the difference it is making to one particular community”.
Kieran O’Brien, diocesan manager for CAFOD, said “Our Connect2 scheme allows parishes to journey alongside another community overseas, to listen to their stories, to pray with them and to see firsthand the problems those communities face in their daily lives. This scheme helps to enrich the life of the parish community, as well as helping people to get behind the headlines and see ordinary people who are leading extraordinary lives.”
If you think your parish would be interested in setting up a link with a community overseas then please contact CAFOD South Wales on 029 20344 882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.