Head Teachers Conference 2019 Reflections

Sarah Cadwallader – Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD in Southwark –  and Andy Wansbury – Campaigns and Speaker Volunteer – attended the Head Teachers Conference organised by the Education Commission in the Archdiocese of Southwark. Here is a report of what they wanted to share about CAFOD resources.sarah#

“It was a great pleasure to attend the Diocese of Southwark Headteachers Conference 2019 last week and to meet with Headteachers from across the diocese and share our resources for Schools with them.” said Sarah.

Some of the Key resources shared at the Conference included:

Interactive Advent Calendar

Primary School CAFOD Advent Calendar to download

Primary School CAFOD Advent Calendar to download

Each year we create an Interactive Advent Calendars for both Primary and Secondary  Donwload your calendar.

Schools with daily reflections, actions and activities to help your pupils to pray and act though out the season of advent.

World Gifts

World Gift catalogue 2019

World Gift catalogue 2019

Resources for Advent assemblies and ideas for Festive fundraising for CAFOD’s World Gifts this Christmas for both Primary and Secondary schools.

Ready-made Advent assembly or collective worship, focused on child rights.

A Christmas message: Messages to the Brave

Annabelle, year 9, and Zacharie, year 4, are writing a message to Nora in Palestine and Jose in Brasil

Annabelle, year 9, and Zacharie, year 4, are writing a message to Nora in Palestine and Jose in Brasil

A New campaign action for Christmas invites us to encourage those people around the world who risk everything to defend the rights our sisters and brothers and our common home.

We are sharing the stories of four human rights defenders (who also feature in the School Advent Calendars) and inviting you during this season of waiting in joyful expectation for Christmas, to send you message of solidarity to those who are also waiting (and working) to see Justice and safety in their communities.

Send your message of encouragement to someone brave

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

footballOur new, free, British Council-supported CPD courses for teachers

These training courses consist of one (or two) whole days of face to face training, plus a one hour long follow up webinar six weeks later.

Participants will receive a folder with resources and other ideas based on what we have covered in the training.

New Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses

Everything Is Connected


 Enriching school life through global learning

Revitalise your curriculum! Explore our interdependence with our global neighbours and our common home, Earth. Respond to Laudato Si’ with new tools and activities to explore global learning in a fun and engaging way.

Dates:  Friday 29 November 2019 , Tuesday 10 March 2020 , Wednesday 10 June 2020

Book your place(s) online


Remembering our loved ones — Memorial Mass 2019

Remembering our loved ones is a great gift, therefore, in Novemberthe month of Remembrance, we take the opportunity to pray for and remember our dearly departed family members and friends. You are warmly invited to attend Southwark Diocese’s memorial mass on November 13 at 12:00 pm at Romero House in the Pavilion.


Why November? 

November is an important month in the Catholic communityIt begins with All Saints Day (when we remember the saints who intercede for us) and All Souls Day (when we remember those dearly departed). The month of November gives us the opportunity to hold those who are no longer with us in our prayers. This November, we are holding our annual Memorial Masses across the country to honor all our friends and family members who have passed.  

What are memorial masses and why do we have them? 


Each November CAFOD holds Memorial Masses across England and Wales to honour friends and supporters who have died.

It is often upsetting to talk about grief for fear of upsetting those who have endured the loss. Memorial Masses give CAFOD parishionersvolunteers, supporters and the public the opportunity to gather and celebrate the lives of their dearly departed. Throughout the years, CAFOD has been blessed by the generosity and dedication of our supporters. Sadly, many of our supporters have passed away and our Memorial Masses give us the opportunity to pay tribute to these supporters to mark our gratitude for their years of kindness. The Masses take place in most dioceses. This year you are all invited to the Memorial Mass for Southwark Diocese on Wednesday 13 November at 12:00 at Romero House in the Pavilion.  

If you can’t attend this year’s memorial mass, you can still join us online and watch the mass at home, by signing up here.

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The History of Family Fast Day

Ever wondered how CAFOD started? In fact, it all began five decades ago, with a group of Catholic women and a determination to reach those most in need. 

A call to action

In 1960, Jacquie Stuyt and Elspeth Orchard heard that children in the Caribbean island of Dominica were starving. They decided to try and raise funds for a mother and baby clinic, which would also provide people with water and teach them how to plant vegetable gardens, in order to help people survive and make a living for themselves.

An inspiring idea


The group of Catholic Women who held the very first Family Fast Day

Jacquie and Elspeth came together with others from the National Board of Catholic Women, the Catholic Women’s League and the Union of Catholic Mothers to organise the first Family Fast Day. On Friday 11th March, they asked everyone in the family to eat a simple, cheap meal and to donate the money saved. They raised the equivalent of £96,000!

To help CAFOD raise money to supply safe water in Uganda this Family Fast Day, have a simple soup lunch at home or in your parish. Click here for a delicious soup recipe. 

Elspeth Orchard said “We weren’t doing anything special, we were just doing what we thought we ought to do, remembering that we are all God’s children.”

The start of CAFOD

The Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales saw the amazing number of donations taking place and they decided to host family fast days regularly. This was the start of CAFOD, and two years later it was registered as an official charity.

This Harvest Family Fast Day

Have you got your simple soup supper planned?

Have you got your simple soup supper planned?

Today, we continue the tradition of Family Fast Days in order to help those most in need around the world. The next Family Fast Day will be taking place this October, where we are raising money to be able to install solar powered water pumps in villages in Uganda. We are encouraging everyone to have a simple meal in their parishes or at home, and to donate the money raised to CAFOD, just like Catholics did all those years ago in 1960.

How you can help

If you are a CAFOD parish volunteer, we are asking you to promote the event in your Parish. We have lots of resources such as videos, posters, envelopes and a speech available online, as well as a how-to guide which can be found here.

If you are not a Parish volunteer, see if your Parish volunteer needs help, perhaps collecting envelopes or talking at Mass. Also please still spread the word by talking to your family and friends about the event, and perhaps you could even plan a group soup lunch! There is a step-by-step guide to planning a Family Fast Day event here.

Good luck with your preparations, and if you need any help or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the CAFOD Southwark Office on 02033 49 1947