CAFOD’s Memorial Mass: Keeping our loved ones in our hearts

You are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on 11 November at 10.30am at The Holy Family church in Croydon. There is still time to get a loved one’s names in our remembrance book for this special service, and even set up a candlelight fund.

"All the Darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle"St Francis of Assisi

“All the Darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”St Francis of Assisi

Southwark’s Memorial Mass will take place at 10.30am on 11 November at The Holy Family church in Croydon (further details below). November is an important month for the Church and for our community as we celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Days. November is a time of remembrance which gives us the opportunity to pray for our departed loved ones and reflect back on their legacy. If you would like to do something special to celebrate their lives, you can set up a candlelight fund in their memory.

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What is the Memorial Mass about?

CAFOD’s Memorial Masses happen every year in November across England and Wales and offer parishioners, volunteers and our wider community an opportunity to get together and celebrate the lives of those we have lost. Memorial Masses are hosted thanks to the hard work and dedication by our wonderful community of volunteers.

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Become a Parish Volunteer and help eradicate poverty

Interested in making a difference to the World’s poorest communities? Join CAFOD as a parish volunteer and discover fantastic ways to make that difference. Two of our volunteers, Jill and John,  share the opportunities they gained from volunteering at CAFOD. You too can sign up today and get active in your parish.

Jill and John’s journey to becoming a parish volunteers

There are many reasons why parishioners choose to volunteer for CAFOD, from wanting to take concrete action to making the most of their free time.

Jill Cass, parish Volunteer from St Theresa of the Infant Jesus in BIGGIN HILL, at the Share the Journey walk last June 2018 in Hartley

Jill Cass, parish Volunteer from St Theresa of the Infant Jesus in Biggin Hill, at the Share the Journey walk last June 2018 in Hartley

Jill Cass became a volunteer in her parish by accident four years ago, when she had to fill in for someone else. “I have been a CAFOD volunteers for four years. In the past we had relied on a speaker at mass for Family Fast Day but one day we could not get one so I thought I would do it and that’s how I became a volunteer,” she says.

Since then, Jill has enjoyed being an active member of her community and has helped with a range of activities, from coordinating CAFOD’s Family Fast Days to helping other volunteers speak at mass.

On the other hand, a long time supporter of CAFOD, John Vine decided to become an active parish volunteer after retiring.

“I have supported CAFOD financially for as long as I can remember but when I retired I felt I needed to do more to follow St James’s exhortation to do something and not just talk about it.  So I decided to become our parish representative and set up a small parish group to help fundraise and support campaigns,” he says.

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“Share the Journey” in Clapham Common

Maria Chiara is a journalist from Italy. She has been volunteering in CAFOD’s communication team for one month. Last week-end she got the opportunity to join St Mary’s “Share the Journey” walk in Clapham Common. She is telling us all about it.

Last Saturday I joined Ruth and the others CAFOD supporters at St. Mary Church in Clapham, for a Share the Journey parish walk. The sunny weather helped our walk and shared reflections on refugees. We walked one mile around Clapham common.

Share the Journey: a time to meet a new parish community

Maria Chiara (on the left) with Ruth, CAFOD St Mary's parish Volunteer after the Share the journey walk in Clapham Common.

Maria Chiara (on the left) with Ruth, CAFOD St Mary’s parish Volunteer after the Share the journey walk in Clapham Common.

First of all my journey started with meeting the Redemptorists fathers from the local community: Fr Casper, Fr Richard and Brother Michael. I was also really happy to meet people from the parish community. We were twenty people in total to walk in solidarity with refugees. I felt so welcomed by the Priests and the local community. I could feel their loving care and they were genuinely interested in what I had to say.  I wished refugees could feel the same when they arrive to a new community/country.

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