Join us for an online talk about life in El Salvador

Last year, a group of CAFOD volunteers and local representatives went to El Salvador. In this online talk, they will share their incredible experiences.

El Salvador is a country with a turbulent history: Despite the civil war in the country ending in January 1992, poverty, high unemployment and gang violence still make life very difficult, especially for women and young people.

Farming communities are struggling to grow their crops on poor land.

Climate change is causing more extreme weather in El Salvador with floods, droughts and tropical storms becoming more frequent.

 

CAFOD has worked with local partners and communities in El Salvador since 1974.

We are inspired by Saint Oscar Romero and his insistence on the need for peace, justice, equality and respect for human rights.

 

In El Salvador, our projects focus on agriculture, promoting a culture of peace and justice, and empowering women.

Please join us on Tuesday 28 July at 11 am-12 noon with the priests and volunteers who visited El Salvador, to learn more about the rich history and our work in the country today.

Register to join us.

 

It’s not too late to join us today at 6 pm for our Eucharistic celebration

Abbé Michel Kabongenaje leads mass in the Ebola-hit town of Mambasa, DRC. The Abbé frquently preaches about the dangers of Ebola to his congregation.

As churches across the country begin to slowly reopen, we wanted to organise an online service to allow our CAFOD community from around the country and world to come together to celebrate mass.

On Wednesday 22 July, at 6 pm, we will join in solidarity and prayer to celebrate a live-streamed Mass.

The event is open to communities across the UK, as well as to CAFOD partners and communities around the world.

Jo Kitterick, CAFOD’s Head of Fundraising and Participation, said:

“Online sessions give families, friends and volunteers an opportunity to celebrate their faith in a way that is familiar at a time when we are being challenged and asked to do things so differently.

“During these tough times, it is so wonderful to be able to reach out to each other and to those who are feeling physically distant from the ones they love and their traditional places of worship – and virtually come together as a community and Catholic family.”

It is hoped that the online Mass will be an opportunity for us to come together in prayer, joined by communities and partners from across the world.

Please register to join us.

Volunteer prayer reflection & virtual coffee morning this Thursday at 11 am

After such a delightful gathering of people at last week’s Mass in celebration of Volunteers’ Week, we would like to invite you all to join us this Thursday 11 June, 11 am-12 noon, for prayer and reflection.

This will be a great opportunity to meet with other volunteers from around the country, enjoy a short reflection and prayer.

 

 

It would be lovely if you could have a candle ready to light when you join the prayer.

After the reflection, there will be time to stay on the call for a virtual coffee morning, where you will have the chance to join a wider conversation.

Register to join us.

All welcome.

Get your thinking caps on and join CAFOD’s VE day quiz – this Friday at 6.30 pm

Join our very first online CAFOD quiz this Friday to bring our communities from across the country together for some light-hearted fun at this difficult time.

The VE DAY QUIZ is this Friday 8 May from 6.30 pm – 8pm and we are suggesting a donation of £5 per adult, which you can donate through our website. This will go towards our new Coronavirus appeal.

So we’ll be supporting those most in need around the world as we celebrate VE day this Bank Holiday (Friday).  It’s a chance to reflect and be thankful for our freedom.

You can register here and make sure you tell your friends and family too!

VE Day – or ‘Victory in Europe Day’ – marked the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.

On 7 May 1945, Germany surrendered and the following day, the 8th May, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Winston Churchill gave a radio broadcast to the nation to announce that war in Europe was over.

It was a hugely emotional day that many, many people had been longing and praying for. Understandably people were over the moon that fighting had stopped and people celebrated in the streets with parties.

In London, huge crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace – many were wearing patriotic red, white and blue.

At the time, the Queen was a young woman and she described it as: “one of the most memorable nights of my life”.

Many people went to church to thank God. But millions of people had already lost family members in the war. So there were joyful celebrations yes but enormous sadness too as war was still waging in other parts of the world – the Second World War was not over yet. .

Winston Churchill said: “We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing, but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead.”

So in the midst of the present global pandemic – a health and an economic crisis – affecting all of us – we thought we could allow ourselves a brief period of escapism too – so it’s the CAFOD VE Day Quiz for us!

So please bring your family and join in on Friday evening – 8th May at 6.30- 8.00 pm. Don’t forget your £5 donation will go straight to our Coronavirus Appeal.

Lots of general knowledge to test our little grey cells.  Most of all it’s a fun distraction and we’ll be supporting vital work for our global family at the same time.
We look forward to seeing you all.  Don’t forget to register beforehand! 

Ir you feel your compering skills need airing, why not organise your own quiz….

You can choose one of our quiz sets and use our quiz night toolkit to help organise your quiz.

If you’re holding a quiz for under 18s, use the CAFOD youth quiz resources.

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CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal

Last week, CAFOD launched an urgent appeal to respond to the unprecedented global challenge of tackling the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.

We are already working alongside local aid experts who are providing food and improving hand-washing and sanitation facilities in communities and households.

And, with churches who are using their networks to share hygiene messages through Catholic radio stations, and producing posters in local dialects on infection prevention.

With the help of generous communities across the UK, we hope to scale up this support.

Donate to CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal now

CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, said: “The potential scale of the pandemic across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East – as well as among refugee and displaced populations in places such as Syria, South Sudan and the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh – is truly frightening.

“We have a narrow window of opportunity to reach communities with the basics for life – food and clean water, and the messages they need on how best to keep safe. Donations have never been more urgent, providing steadfast support to those who are in greatest need”.

 

Coronavirus Appeal – raising awareness and prevention in Afghanistan

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A reminder to join us for Mass today at 6 pm

Fr Liam celebrating Mass

Fr Liam Hayes will be celebrating Mass again today for all CAFOD volunteers, supporters and friends.  Please join us at 6 pm.

Follow the link to register:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2563118141061159180

Don’t forget that our Children’s Liturgy is live on Sunday morning at 10 am – it’s a lovely, joyful celebration.

All welcome – but please follow the link to register, for security reasons: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

Finally,.you can sign up to watch some interesting recordings from our partners, staff and learn more about our work around the world.

Sign up here: https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Online-talks

Maria Gonzalez – Head of International Development at CAFOD

Keeping you all in our prayers.

If you’d like to get in touch for a chat, please do feel free to email us or call me on 07823 445112 (working from home mobile number) or my landline 01989 768708.

Prayers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Join CAFOD online for Mass on Wednesday 1 April at 6 pm

Fr Liam Hayes will celebrate Mass streamed live with CAFOD and friends this Wednesday evening 1st April at 6 pm.

Bookings are now open. Click on the link to register.

All staff, supporters, volunteers, family and friends are welcome.

We shall bring together our prayers, from and for our communities and partners, our families and friends, both across the global South and throughout the UK.

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – A CONFERENCE FOR PARISHES

POSTPONED as a precaution and in 

response to the current Coronavirus NHS and Archdiocesan guidelines

We are hoping that this can be re-organised to Saturday 16 May – same venue, same timings – but obviously the advice is changing on a daily basis – so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on 07823 445112 or email twarwick@cafod.org.uk

Everything is connected is a joint conference brought to you by CAFOD, Caritas & JPIC to explore Pope Francis’ new vision in our parishes.

Pope Francis encourages us to see, think and act in a new way in response to both the human and ecological crises we are facing today.

How can we live out this new vision in our parishes, both locally and globally?

Join us in exploring, along with different voices, practical suggestions of bringing alive a faith that does justice and cares for creation.

Saturday 21 March from 10 am – 4 pm.

St David’s Catholic College, Ty Gwyn Road, Penylan, Cardiff CF23 5QD  (use CF23 5JB for satnav)

Coffee from 10.00 am, light lunch provided, donations welcome.

Please encourage others to attend with you.

Register your interest on Eventbrite.

We look forward to welcoming you.

DEPUTY HEAD OF AFRICA TO SPEAK AT ALL SAINTS NEWPORT

You are warmly invited to St Mary’s Stow Hill (All Saints Pastoral Area) – St Mary’s Institute (parish hall), Stow Hill, Newport (NP20 1TP) on Saturday 21 September at 3.30 pm to meet Damian Marchant – deputy Head of Region for Africa at CAFOD – who will give an update on CAFOD’s work around the world.

James joined CAFOD in 2007 and served overseas for seven years in Latin America and three years in Africa. He will give us a snapshot of the complexity of operating in some extremely insecure environments.

CAFOD has worked in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1970s and James currently holds operation responsibility for CAFOD’s overseas programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and eSwatini (Swaziland).

James will also cover how CAFOD works hand in hand with the church and how knowledge of the local context allows CAFOD to work with communities in a way that is so inspiring.

Come and hear how your support for CAFOD contributes to positive change in the lives of so many communities.

Free event with tea & coffee available.  Feel free to bring a friend or fellow parishioner.  You will all be welcome.

Mass follows at 4.30 p.m.

Further information from CAFOD South Wales on 02920 344 822 or email: southwales@cafod.org.uk

 

CAFOD AND WORKING WITH OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

You are very welcome to join us on Thursday 19 September 2019 for our termly Education refresher training update which will be held in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint David in Cardiff (right next door to M & S).

If you think would like to join our team of volunteers working in the Archdiocese of Cardiff, then get in touch

We’d love to have a chat and invite you in to the volunteer centre in the heart of Cardiff to tell you all about what’s involved.  It’s as little or as much as you want to commit.

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