VE Day quiz with CAFOD

This Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe – or VE – day.

Join us for CAFOD VE Quiz on Friday at 6:30 pm and be in solidarity with the poorest in the world

Join us for CAFOD VE Quiz on Friday at 6:30 pm and be in solidarity with the poorest in the world

Communities around the country will be holding distanced picnics, there will be an airing of Winston Churchill’s famous speech, and a nationwide sing-a-long of the classic ‘we’ll meet again’.

In this time of isolation, we thought it would be a great idea to bring our CAFOD community together on VE Day for a bit of fun (and healthy competition).

So, on Friday 8 May from 6:30pm-8:00pm, we will be hosting CAFOD’s first ever online quiz.

We are making a suggested minimum donation of £5 per adult, which you can donate through our website.

Register to join us, and make sure you tell your friends and family too!

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.

CAFOD’s reponse to Coronavirus?

COVID 19: CAFOD awareness raising workshops with Faith Leaders in Sierra Leone

COVID 19: CAFOD awareness raising workshops with Faith Leaders in Sierra Leone

We are already working alongside local aid experts who are providing food and improving handwashing 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

To keep up to date with our response and news please check our website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Coronavirus-response 

What can you do to tackle Coronavirus ?

1 – Pray

At this time of global concern, please join us in praying for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic around the world.

Discover our Prayers in a time of Coronavirus

2 – Sign Our Petition

CAFOD online Petition to Unite against Coronavirus

CAFOD online Petition to Unite against Coronavirus

You can also sign our petition asking the government to prioritise the poorest and most vulnerable both internationally, as well as at home. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries are likely to be devastating.

Sign the petition today: https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1

3 – Donate and Fundraise

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”.

Donate to CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal now

If you are thinking of organising a fundraiser for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal, please do let us know about it, so we can support you (help yo uto create a Just Giving Page) and share what you are doing with our local CAFOD community. You can get in touch with us (Marine or Celeste) at southwark@cafod.org.uk or on the phone at 02033 49 1947

Top tips to get your congregation get online

Following the Coronavirus outbreak, many parishes have moved their services online. There are so many different tools to help people get online, but it can be difficult to know where to start. CAFOD volunteer Serga Collett, from St Laurence’s church in Cambridge, shares her top tips

1- Create a social media community

“Father is working hard to create a community – this is an interesting process and it’s amazing how quickly people have mobilised. Social media is always there. It is such an immediate way to contact people, which is so good.” CAFOD has its own Facebook community too!

2- Use existing channels to promote new things

Online Mass with Fr Liam for CAFOD friends and supporters

Online Mass with Fr Liam for CAFOD friends and supporters

“We now live-steam masses every day and post about them in our weekly newsletter and on Facebook to remind everyone.”

In Southwark Diocese a great example of the use of facebook to advertise Sunday Live Streamed mass is St James the Great in Petts Wood: https://www.facebook.com/Stjamespettswood/.

3- Set up a tech team of parish volunteers

“We have an amazing tech team. If anyone visits the church website and has a problem, the number for the tech team is on there and they can help. This is especially important for parishioners who aren’t used to everything being online.”

4 – Use online tools to set up meetings

“We have used meeting platforms such as Zoom to have an ‘Ablaze’ mass experience for our confirmation candidates.”

In another corner of the diocese Our Lady Queen of Peace in East Sheen streams live mass every day using Zoom. https://sites.google.com/site/ourladyqueenofpeacechurch/

5 – Even if you encounter difficulties, make sure to persevere

“In these times, computers are a real live-saver. Through technology, you can see how many people are out there, and while you can’t meet them face to face, you can still see them and speak to them.”

You can read Serga’s full blog here: https://blog.cafod.org.uk/2020/04/16/helping-your-congregation-get-online/. And, if you would like to share your story, do get in touch at southwark@cafod.og.uk and we are here for you so do give us a call on 02033 49 1947.