Sarah’s Stars

Sarah O’Kane is a star volunteer for CAFOD in her wonderful parish, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Mumbles, Swansea and a school volunteer in her local schools.

Sarah volunteered with our dear friend Sue Philippart, who tragically died in March. But Sue continues to be her inspiration.  And now Sarah is crocheting Stars for CAFOD.

We all miss Sue dreadfully, but I think, well I know, that Sue would absolutely love and support Sarah’s efforts and commitment to build a Summer of Hope.

Sarah says she is passionate about CAFOD’s work because of its sustainability.

We work in partnership with our local experts, whether priest, midwife or water engineer. They understand what people need as they are part of the community.

At this difficult time, as you can imagine, CAFOD is working very hard to support ongoing essential projects as well as re-purposing grants in communities that are coping with the devastating effects of the Coronavirus.

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How Coronavirus is affecting the indigenous people of the Amazon

A few weeks ago, we shared the story of Dario Kopenawa Yanomami, an indigenous leader from the Amazon rainforest, and the effect that Coronavirus is having on his community.

He shared how the virus has unfortunately already reached his community and forced some members to leave the village, retreating further into the forest for protection.

Learn more about CAFOD’s projects across Brazil

Dario said: “Today, the Yanomami people are very sad and worried. But we’re going to keep fighting this important battle against Coronavirus in our territories.”

Please join us on 11 am-12 noon, Thursday 2 July, where Cecilia Ilorio, CAFOD’s Country representative for Brazil, will be sharing updates on the situation in the Amazon.

She will speak about how we are working alongside communities to help them prepare for and respond to the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic, while also working alongside these communities to help them to safeguard their indigenous lands.

Together, we are working to improve indigenous peoples living conditions, health access and education so they cannot only survive the Coronavirus crisis but begin to rebuild and heal.

Register to join us.

Why do you volunteer with CAFOD? Some of our volunteers tell us… and we can’t thank you all enough!

Thought we’d share this from last year – it’s a wonderful snapshot of why we are all trying to put our faith into action.

Lovely quote from one of the volunteers in Northampton diocese:
“Faith without works is dead.” James 2:26

What does this mean?
James writes that “as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

Our faith cannot just be theoretical – it must be shown in our actions, in what we do.

“Faith works through love.” (Gal 5:6)

And our actions are the result of a living faith.

The fruits of a faith transformed by God’s grace.

Hope is one of CAFOD’s core values.

Hope, dignity, compassion and solidarity. These values built on Gospel values give us hope and we thank God for that. We focus on our hope, we are shaping our world together – in a world permanently changed by the pandemic.

Hope is so important.

Hope for a better world.

Hope for a world built on justice.

Hope in a world where we live out what inspires us.

Hope is so important to our world as it shakes off our despair.

“Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet, never take away the joy of our hope.” Pope Francis, LS #244

#NationalVolunteersWeek2020  Thank you to all our wonderful volunteer family – without you all, we could not reach out to the poorest and most vulnerable people on the periphery of our world.

Your prayers and your support transforms lives and transforms us.

THANK YOU.

 

Harvest Fast Day meetings

With just six weeks to go until Harvest Fast day  (Friday 4 October) – we are holding planning meetings around the diocese.   These informal “briefings” are for all parish volunteers and interested supporters who want to find about more about what we can all do to change lives, working in partnership with CAFOD.  There will be information on the appeal, research on how your commitment to Speaking at Mass for CAFOD really makes a difference and feedback on how and where your generous donations at Lent have been used and the impact they are having.

Family Fast Day happens twice a year.  When Fast Day first took place, many families saw it as an opportunity to practice giving something up for the sake of others.

“Millions of people in the world are hungry and they are largely hungry because the good fruits of the earth are enjoyed by too few – and we are among the few. There is enough food for all – if only it could be fairly shared.”

(this is quoted from the very first leaflet in 1961)

Many people in England and Wales had known hardship and poverty themselves and had sympathy for those who were struggling to survive.  This recognition that we are all one global family is truly humbling and in those early days the message was quite clear.

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Share The Journey in Herefordshire

Representatives of the Herefordshire deanery parishes including Fr Matthew and Fr Simon

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.

There is a short talk available, if you are able to say a few words after Mass about the campaign and a generic poster which you can also use to spread the message to as wide an audience as possible.

If you are thinking of inviting your MP, then why not take a look at this template for ideas which you can then personalise.

Some of our supporters who write to their MPs 3 or 4 times a year – before a reception at Parliament – talking about Share the Journey with their MP

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.

Here is the link to our Facebook page and please follow us on Twitter too.

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?

 

 

Solidarity with the people of Brazil

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The World Cup is just around the corner, bringing with it the fun and excitement of the competition, but also highlighting some of the deep social justice issues of Brazil. We have released a host of exciting new resources for use in schools and youth groups to engage young people to act in solidarity with the people of Brazil over the next few weeks.  Continue reading

All in one Rhythm – CAFOD’s World Cup Song!

 

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Do you have a cup and a passion for justice? Then join in with our World Cup musical fundraising event! Get ‘All in one rhythm’ for the World Cup this summer and act in solidarity with young people in Brazil with our musical fundraiser. Feel the Brazilian beats and perform our new and totally exclusive CAFOD World Cup-song! 

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