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 month into lockdown – thank you for your amazing support!

Despite being nearly a month into lockdown, we are still being blown away by the generosity and support being shown from communities across the UK.

This week, CAFOD’s education team member David Brinn’s son Aidan was recognised in the Daily Mirror’s Community Corner for his act of kindness – delivering eggs to those in need. Well done Aidan!

If you have any heart-warming stories from your community, please make sure to share them with us and join our facebook group so you can keep connected with volunteers around the country.

2.6 challenges – a big thank you! 

Molly Carter completing a fundraising run in London

Despite the coronavirus pandemic causing thousands of fundraising events, including last Sunday’s London Marathon, to be cancelled – this hasn’t been able to stop CAFOD’s amazing supporters.

Last weekend, supporters across the country took part in fun and imaginative 2.6 challenges to fundraise for CAFOD’s work around the world.

“We were overwhelmed by the response from our supporters”, said Jo Kitterick, CAFOD’s Head of Fundraising.

“The generosity of people around the country during this time has been really amazing – so we want to say a massive thank you.”

“We know that this is a marathon, not a sprint.

We are already working with our programme teams around the world to help protect communities who are already extremely vulnerable.

Therese walking for 2.6 hours on Sunday – 8.8 miles….

“The lasting impact of this virus on the livelihoods and health of those who already live on the edge is potentially disastrous and the generosity of people is never more needed

“Thanks to the sustained donations from communities in England and Wales, it will mean that we can continue our vital work to help the poorest and most vulnerable.”

Meet our Head of International Development

 Through this phase of lockdown, it is important that we all stay connected as a community- so here at CAFOD we are hosting a range of online chats to keep you informed and connected during this difficult time.

If you missed our Head of International Development today – Maria Gonzalez – who was speaking about the greatest challenges facing our world right now, how we are responding and what gives her hope for the future.  Then follow the link below to register for the recording:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1875740854396550923?source=blog

Eucharistic Celebration

Following the success of the Mass held before Easter, we are delighted to invite you all get involved this week in our live-stream mass – available to all who would like to participate.

The Mass will be taking place on Wednesday 29 April at 6 pm.

We will be bringing together our prayers from and for our communities and partners both across the global South and throughout the UK, into the presence of our loving God. We would be delighted if you could join us.

You can sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2563118141061159180?source=Blog

We hope you all have a lovely week and stay safe, and if you’d like to get in touch, please feel free to ring us on: 01989 768708 (working from home) or mobile: 07823 445112 or email

 

Staying connected this Easter

For many of us, this Easter Sunday will look very different to the ones we’ve had before.  And although we cannot gather in person, there are lots of ways to come together with our Catholic community around the world during these difficult times.

From joining CAFOD’s Facebook community group or our local CAFOD South Wales Facebook page, to watching our live Easter Sunday Children’s liturgy, joining our online talks, and using our Easter prayers as a way of praying outside of Church liturgies and services – there are so many ways to get involved.

RIP to our dear friend Sue

A unique Lenten season

Only a few weeks ago, parishes, schools and communities across the country came together for our sixtieth annual Family Fast Day.

We heard some great stories about soup lunches and school fundraisers and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who joined us.

Your support will mean that we can continue to support local experts around the world.

This is especially important in the coming weeks and months as the number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise in the African and Asian countries where we work.

We know that the impact of COVID-19 on countries with weak health care systems will be devastating for communities with limited availability to vital hand washing and hygiene facilities.  

However, we refuse to be overwhelmed by the task ahead – already our country teams working with church agencies, and their respective government health authorities are reaching out to vulnerable families with critical information on how to keep safe.

We’ve learnt from our Ebola experiences in Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Sierra Leone that the role of faith, traditional, and community leaders is pivotal in reinforcing hygiene messages, and making sure that people understand what to do if they feel unwell.

And thanks to support from across the dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia, we will be able to continue to stand alongside these organisations during these challenging times.

Reflecting and connecting

As Linda Jones from our Theology team wrote in her blog about ‘signs of hope in a time of crisis’, like snowdrops in January, or daffodils in spring, we all will have seen and experienced signs of hope.

It would be great if you could share with us at southwales@cafod.org.uk  the things happening in your community that have given you hope this Holy Week.

We’ve had some great examples already of families around the country making their own palm crosses to put on their door this Palm Sunday.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, we have lots of Holy Week resources for primary and secondary ages, with challenges and activities for young people to get stuck in to.

Finally, we would like to wish you a blessed, peaceful and joyful Easter.

 

Oppportunity to LISTEN LIVE on 5th February – to Davi Kopenawa, recent winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize! From 11.30-12.30

Listen live: Wednesday 5 February,

11.30am to 12.30pm: Davi Kopenawa

We’re delighted to offer you the chance to listen live to a talk by Davi Kopenawa, a Yanomami indigenous leader who works for an organisation that CAFOD supports in Brazil.

He will be talking about their work protecting forests and the culture of indigenous peoples.

He recently won the Right Livelihood Award, known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Click here to listen live

Refresher training day for Schools Volunteers

Our first refresher training day for School volunteers is taking place on Thursday 30 January in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Cardiff-.

This is a twice yearly opportunity for our team of school volunteers to come together to look at the new resources for Lent 2020 – both the assemblies and workshops that we offer to schools across the Archdiocese.

Our Education volunteer co-ordinator contacts schools each term to promote our school volunteers and invite them to take up our offer of an assembly or workshops.  We have an amazing range of resources for schools on offer.

The team does a wonderful job in raising awareness of our work.

We couldn’t make the same impact without the generous gift of their time, their enthusiasm and good humour.  Their commitment to CAFOD is inspiring!

This month we are getting ready for Lent 2020.  We’ll be focusing on the Amazon rainforest and the problems of deforestation and protecting human rights.   

We want to help pupils to understand how CAFOD is working with communities around the world to support people defending their rights. And for children to to see the relationship between taking action and supporting communities overseas.

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Swansea church invites a change of heart

Jane, Sally & StuartSt David’s Priory RC Church in Swansea invited their parish community to a change of The shared table heart on Sunday 22 September at a special Mass to celebrate creation.

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:25).  God’s gaze, at the beginning of the bible, rests lovingly on his creation.  From habitable land to life-giving waters, from fruit-bearing trees to animals that share our common home, everything is dear in the eyes of God, who offers creation to men and women as a precious gift to be preserved.”

Pope Francis on the World Day of Prayer for Creation   1 September 2019

The Creation Celebration Mass was introduced by two long-serving parish volunteers, Sally Meredith and Stuart Harper, ably supported by Mary, Geraldine, Maureen and Jane.

Barely a day goes by when the newspapers don’t have an article about climate change.  They highlight that the critical time is NOW!

The idea was to come together and engage in a conversation about climate change which is a concern for the whole parish community and to share ideas.

To prepare for the the event, parishioners were also invited to bring in any articles and photos that had made an impact on them and pin them to the display board in church. .

Planet; the creation given to us by our Father to nurture, not plunder.

Pope Francis invites us to a change of heart; individually, as a community and at international level, so we may truly respond to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. LS#49

A superb choir provided the music and lead the congregation with wonderful hymns including: “Here I am Lord” “We come to your feast” “Bread for the world” and “Christ be our light.”

The special the bidding prayers were said in four different languages: Hindi, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish as well as being translated back into English.

It was a very inclusive Mass.  And it was super to see so many young altar servers attending Canon Flook at Mass.

A shared table was organised for after Mass and parishioners and items to bring were carefully co-ordinated to avoid wastage.  There was a wonderful offering of food.

There was a marvellous response from the parish and Stuart Harper compered a climate quiz during lunch. Fabulous entertainment was provided by Keith & Co.

It was a wonderful occasion.  Thanks to a committed, knowledgeable and prayerful parish volunteer team, Canon Flook and enthusiastic fellow parishioners.

Find out more about CAFOD’s action on climate change here. 

Sign the petition to ask the government to stop funding fossil fuels overseas.

Download a prayer for the Care of Creation to use in your parish.

LOVE IS CIVIC & POLITICAL: Our Faith and the Common Good

You are warmly invited to join us for a CAFOD Faith in Action day.

Previously known as retreats, the Faith in Action days are free and open to all; whether you are new to campaigning, want to learn more about campaigning or you joined us a long time ago, you are very welcome. 

From Trump to Brexit to climate, politics is everywhere. But when should we pray from the side-lines and when should we roll up our sleeves?

The Church here and around the world has a proud history of encouraging Catholics’ political reflection and action. With amazing results.

At this CAFOD day, we’ll explore the links between faith and politics.

Join us and reflect on Scripture and Church teaching.

Sign up on Eventbrite today.

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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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First Creation Celebration Mass in Menevia

On Saturday 25 July Our Lady, Star of the Sea parish in Burry Port hosted a Creation Mass at their 6.30 evening service.  The celebrant was the parish priest Fr Martin Donnelly.  The church was transformed into the Garden of Eden by Fr Martin to reflect the beauty and wonder of creation. This included the altar being festooned with animals and clouds, the sun, the moon and stars provided by the local school being hung nearby.

As parishioners and invited guests arrived for the Saturday Vigil they witnessed the transformation and listened to bird song until Mass began.

Fr Martin explained the importance holding a special Creation Celebration Mass and remembering how God had entrusted the care of Creation to us.  He also stressed the importance of listening to Pope Francis; in Laudato Si‘ the Holy Father has described how our beautiful planet has been despoiled and exploited for profit. We all need to value Creation.

“Creation is the order of love.  God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things.”  Laudato Si #77

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