In this fast-paced world with our never-ending obsession with self, it can be hard to hear the cry of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society.
But at CAFOD we believe that no-one is beyond reach and our mission is to raise awareness in our Catholic schools about the impact of our choices, the situation that refugees are facing due to conflict, persecution and climate change and to inspire children in England and Wales to pray, to act and to give through their fundraising efforts to support and empower people who are really suffering: suffering from a lack off access to water, suffering from a lack of access to education, suffering disempowerment through gender inequality; suffering from lack of access to enough food and basic healthcare; suffering from having no place to call home.
If these issues touch your heart and you want to take action, why not come along to our Education Volunteer Refresher training next Monday, 17 September between 11 and 3.30pm (lunch provided) at The Mostyn Room (adjacent to St David’s Cathedral in the heart of Cardiff and behind Marks & Spencer).
This is a vital role working alongside teachers, priests, school chaplains and catechists.
We provide you with all the training and resources you will need. And we are always on hand to support you with any questions you may have. We work in partnership with you and without you we can’t get the message out widely enough.
So it’s safe to say that joining our Education team and working with our schools is one of the most rewarding and important volunteering roles with us at CAFOD.
We can say, hand on heart, that you will relish the opportunity to spend time discussing issues of global justice with children and young people and supporting the amazing teachers we have working in our schools.
We urgently need more volunteers to join our team, so please don’t leave it to someone else to get involved – why not give us a ring on 02920 344 882 or email us to find out more.
You will be welcomed with open arms! Thank you.
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 Mostyn Room, adjacent to St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff (if you are interested in joining our schools volunteer team, please contact email@example.com
Tuesday 23 October – Talk by Barbara Davies on the peace process in Colombia and an update on Hands On. Venue & timing tbc
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Autumn, the wonderful season of mellow fruitfulness, has seen our dedicated team of schools volunteers visiting schools across the Archdiocese.
We cannot thank them enough for their enthusiasm and commitment to supporting our vision for change and our agenda for action.
At Harvest time, we celebrate and give thanks for the food we have.
Mr David Lewis, Head teacher at St Illtyd’s Catholic Primary School in Bonymaen, Swansea welcomed CAFOD in to the whole school assembly on Thursday 6 April where the children were given a “Rough Guide to CAFOD”
What does the D in CAFOD stand for?
Well it’s development. And this was a great opportunity to explain what a development agency is and that development is about supporting people in poor communities to receive basic rights such as food, water, health care and education as well as a way to earn money to support themselves.
Ysgol Gatholig Sant Ffransis, Aberdaugleddau – St Francis Catholic School in Milford Haven played their part in turning little fish into Big Fish for CAFOD’s Lent appeal in March.
There was a wonderful display in the hall with many colourful Mr Fish and thoughtful prayers that the children had shared.
St Joseph’s Cathedral School in Swansea organised a day of fundraising fun for the whole school on Friday 3 March and the staff chipped in too!
A parent of one of the children was delighted to support the school’s initiatives and volunteered to help out too – by providing a wonderfully generous Fish and Chip lunch for the staff, which was delivered to the school by two brothers – Ouday and Emir Hiks, from the local chippy.
What a delicious treat and fantastic way to raise funds too!
It’s been a busy time for our Schools volunteers team as they have been out and about visiting schools across the Archdiocese.
In Menevia, on Valentine’s Day St Mary’s Primary School in Pembroke Dock welcomed us into school to learn all about how a fish farming project in Zambia is transforming lives – the children loved the video of Bob, the fish that’s he size of your thumb!
We also talked about Green Hearts for Valentine’s Day. We were making and sharing a green heart to show our love for our world and how much we need to take care of it to reduce the impact of climate change. #ShowTheLove
The whole school assembly was followed up by a Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage with Years 4, 5 and 6.
Many of our neighbours around the world struggle to make ends meet. They don’t even have enough money to buy the basics in life that we take for granted – like food, a home and clothes.
On Monday 27 February, just before Lent started, St Teilo’s Primary school in Tenby learned how we can help to change this by joining with other schools across England and Wales to Turn little fish into Big fish in the whole school assembly.
Morning assembly was followed by a workshop for Year 5 and 6 exploring Laudato Si’ The Pope’s encyclical discusses the damage being inflicted on the Earth by humans and calls on ‘every person living on this planet’ to make urgent changes to our lifestyles and how we consume energy in order to protect the planet.
The day after Lent began, we travelled to St Joseph’s Junior School in Port Talbot to share the story of Florence’s transformation through fish farming with the help of CAFOD’s partners in Zambia.
The following day we were delighted to meet pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Neath. One of our newest school volunteers, Jane, delivered the Lent Fast Day assembly and was delighted with interest in CAFOD at the school. She was particularly delighted to learn that St Joseph’s is an “eco friendly” school which strives to recycle as much waste as possible and encourages healthy snacks for children such as fruit, which is not packaged which helping us all to care for our common home.
We are always on the look out for more people to join our growing team of Education volunteers in Menevia.
Does this appeal to you?
Please get in touch if you would like some further details.
We all feel that it is such a rewarding role and a real privilege to work with the young people and dedicated staff in our Catholic schools in the diocese.
This year Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Monday 27 February until Sunday 12 March.
The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all come from farmers around the world who toil, sweat and slog.