Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, visited Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles to speak to supporters and parishioners about CAFOD’s work and new ambition “No One Beyond Reach.”
The parish of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford held their Share the Journey walk after early Mass on Sunday 9 September.
At the end of Mass, CAFOD’s Share the journey presentation was shown to the congregation and the silence in church was palpable and powerful as myths were debunked and the reality of the journeys some of our brothers and sisters are forced to make were starkly laid bare.
Saturday 1 September Day of reflection at Ty Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey from 11 am to 4 pm. (Coffee from 10.30 am). Free event, please bring a packed lunch. We are meeting on the 4th World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – as instituted by Pope Francis.
Sunday 9 September– Share the Journey walk following Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Hereford.
Monday 17 September – Education Refresher Day in the Mostyn Room (next to St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff) 10-4 pm. Existing and potential new School volunteers explore the Family Fast Day resources.
Friday 21 September – Share the Journey walk at The Priory of Our Lady & St Michael, 10 Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD
Saturday 22 September – CAFOD Supporter Day at Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Promenade Terrace, Mumbles SA3 4DR. We have requested a speaker for the event, tbc.
Saturday 29 September – CAFOD Supporter Day at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford, following on from the Soup Kitchen (12-2) starting at 2.30-4 pm. We have requested a speaker for the event tbc.
Friday 5 October – CAFOD Family Fast Day
Saturday 6 October – Oscar Romero talk by Clare Dixon. Clare has been Head of CAFOD’s Latin America programmes for nearly 40 years – and since its inception in 2005 she has been Secretary of the Archbishop Romero Trust. Join us at The Cornerstone, Cardiff (opposite St David’s Cathedral) Time 7 pm (following Mass in the Cathedral at 5.30 pm).
14 October – Canonisation of Oscar Romero
Tuesday 16 October – CAFOD Education training Day 1 for new schools volunteers 10 am – 4 pm. The Quaker Meeting House in Cardiff (past St David’s Cathedral and the Cornerstone and keep walking). If you are interested in joining our schools volunteer team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 24 October – Talk by Barbara Davies on the peace process in Colombia and an update on Hands On. 12 noon at The Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3AP
Saturday 10 November – Campaign retreat day at Downside Abbey (10-4 pm). Countering Consumerism: Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate. All welcome. Book here.
Monday 12 November – Memorial Mass for the Diocese of Menevia at St David’s Priory Church, Swansea at 12.30 pm. All welcome.
Sunday 18 November – World Day of the Poor
Monday 19 November – Memorial Mass for the Cardiff Archdiocese at St Helen’s Church, Nantagarew Road, Caerphilly CF83 3FB at 7 pm. All welcome.
Tuesday 27 November – CAFOD Education Training Day 2 (10-4) in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff.
Thursday 29 November – Campaign Retreat Day of Reflection for parish and campaign volunteers – Ty Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey (11-4). Please bring a packed lunch. All welcome. Please let us know if you are able to attend. Tel: 02920 344882 or email email@example.com
It’s volunteers week (1-7 June) and we want to say publicly how enormously grateful we are for all that YOU, our volunteers, do in our parishes and schools. Without your prayers, support and commitment to CAFOD we could never achieve as much as we do. You are invaluable! THANK YOU!
This week is an ideal opportunity to ask the question: “What is it that motivates you to volunteer for CAFOD?”
One of our wonderful volunteers is Sarah O’Kane who lives in Swansea. Sarah is an invaluable part of our Education volunteer team covering the Menevia diocese. She is also a parish volunteer at Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles.
“I’m motivated by trying to act as Jesus would towards others. I like fundraising for CAFOD because as an Agency it helps to make the world a fairer place. I feel a sense of solidarity with those combatting enormous difficulties.
CAFOD helps people to help themselves e.g. setting up a struggling farmer with enough fish and tools to build a pond and start a fish farm.
I like the fact that CAFOD projects are sustainable because of the way they work with local partners who have the knowledge needed in setting up and maintaining a new venture.
I like the way CAFOD works with people regardless of their beliefs. Continue reading
The Herefordshire deanery of parishes attended a presentation on Share the Journey, followed by Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford on Tuesday, 8 May.
Our thanks to the Dean, Fr Matthew Carney for his kind hospitality and welcome.
Share the Journey is a global campaign launched by Pope Francis in Autumn 2017. The Holy Father is hoping that each and every one of us will step up and show our support for refugees and migrants.
The meeting was called to give more background to the campaign and what it is calling for and to ask our supporters and their fellow parishioners to get together to organise a walk in their individual parish – to show solidarity with our neighbours who are fleeing their homes.
Every step we each take, together in our parishes, with our fellow townspeople, with other faith groups, will send a message to world leaders that we want them to step up too.
The aim is to walk 24,900 miles around the world – it isn’t as difficult as you might imagine… you don’t have to attempt the strenuous Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk or the Black Hill (Crib y Garth) in the Black Mountains in Herefordshire… you can just walk inside your church, around the pews, slowly, in pairs – holding the CAFOD action card in your hand, to guide your conversation.
You might walk around the church a couple of times – you might achieve half a mile each, but with a group of people, all walking together, the miles will soon add up…
The action cards include a story, prayers and questions for reflection; a message to send to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling for global agreements which put the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.
You can download a Share the Journey Organiser’s guide and if you order any of the petition cards, you will be sent a copy of the organiser’s guide automatically.
There is an informative Share the Journey factsheet with all the information you need at your fingertips to get started and which you can share with your fellow parishioners.
If you are thinking of inviting your MP, then why not take a look at this template for ideas which you can then personalise.
If you would like us to come along to your parish to give a short presentation on the campaign, we would be delighted to support you.
Lastly, if your parish is getting involved – please, please let us know when and where!
We are here to help publicise your good work and we want to do that as effectively as possible.
You might like to think about holding a walk or card signing during Refugee Week which is from 16-24 June. Some frequently asked questions can be found here.
There is a Share the Journey online petition here which you can sign. Please encourage others to do the same. Thank you.
Here’s the Health and Safety guide for your walk.
If you can’t get together with others to organise a walk, please can we encourage you to organise a petition card signing event after Mass.
Don’t forget to send us any photos you take, and if you have enough time, a few details about what motivated you to get involved and raise your voice in solidarity?
Swansea parishioners have hosted a ‘family fast day’ and welcomed back a Swansea woman who spoke about her time visiting communities in Zimbabwe who will be helped by this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.
Last Friday, parishioners from Our Lady Star of the Sea in Swansea hosted a Family Fast day – a day where communities enjoy a simple meal and donate the money saved to charity- and welcomed back Gemma Salter, a local woman who now works for the international aid agency, CAFOD.
During the event, they heard Gemma speak about her experiences visiting Zimbabwe and enjoyed a simple meal to fundraise for the charity.
Gemma said: “I never pass up the chance to visit my home town! So I was delighted to be invited to speak in Swansea. But more than that, it was a chance to share some of the incredible stories I heard on my trip to Zimbabwe.”
The community’s efforts will help fund agricultural training, education and clean water projects for communities living in poverty. And, in an added boost, all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May. Continue reading
Jenny Worthington is a volunteer from the parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Porthcawl and has been a CAFOD supporter for over 20 years.
Last month, Jenny set out on her Camino Walk for CAFOD. She travelled 118 km over 7 days. What an amazing feat! She is raising money for one of CAFOD’s life-changing World Gifts – a health clinic.
The cost of this brilliant gift is £4000 which will pay for the running costs of a life-saving clinic in a remote community. It keeps the clinic stocked with medicines, medical equipment and even provides petrol for the clinic ambulance, giving vulnerable people vital access to much needed healthcare. Continue reading
Blessed Oscar Romero regularly preached how:
“God wants a society where we share the good things that God has given for all of us.”
And at Harvest, we share God’s abundance with our neighbours.
“We plant the seeds that one day will grow.”