Northfields’ Young CAFOD Group Celebrates 10 Years

By Nicole Crosbourne – CAFOD Volunteer

On Wednesday 19th July, we were once again very fortunate to have a talk delivered by Father Peter Hughes about this year’s CAFOD Fast Day Appeal in El Salvador to the parish of SS Peter and Paul, Northfields. The day also marked 10 years since the creation of SS Peter and Paul’s Young CAFOD Group.

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Northfields’ CAFOD Group

Last week Father Peter spoke to several people about the question of poverty, what it really means to be a Catholic, and the challenges of Laudato Si. His inspirational message encouraged many parishioners from the local area to participate in a card-signing to show their support for CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day appeal in El Salvador and our latest ‘Power to Be’ campaign.

Having spent many years working in a missionary in Lima, Peru, Father Peter became the theological advisor for Latin America.  He worked alongside Gustavo Gutierrez and Peruvian bishops to support developing programmes for social and pastoral action. Using the words of Pope Francis and echoing SS Peter and Paul, Father Peter spoke about poverty, and how this burning issue both within the church, and our world forms the foundations of CAFOD, “I want a church by the poor, for the poor”.

Highlighting the shocking statistic by Oxfam International, “50% of the world’s wealth is in the hands of 8 people”, Father Peter explained how poverty can reduce people to “nobodies” or a “surplus”. He also emphasised how material poverty is directly against the Christian message, “God is a God of Love […] God is life.”  His message underlined the importance of fighting climate change as stewards for our planet, “If we make of mess of the world, we can fix it”.

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Claire Hardiman, Mary Ward, Liz Higgins-Noonan and Joy Hynes (Left to Right)

Following Father Peter’s engaging message, we celebrated 10 years since SS Peter and Paul’s Young CAFOD group was created. The group, aged 12 to 18 years old, started in 2007 to raise global awareness amongst teenagers within the parish. Founded by Mary Ward, the group’s aim is to increase consciousness of the world around us, to be aware of those who are less fortunate and to recognise some of the big issues which impact humanity. “We are extremely proud of our young people; in a cynical world, they bear witness to the power of God’s love.”

Over the last decade, the Young CAFOD Group has inspired over 100 members and has raised a staggering £12,000 through a variety of fundraisers, including Winter Wonderland, Crepe Celebration and sponsored bike rides. Amongst their highlights, the group has also produced a film on climate change, achieving 2nd place in a National Young CAFOD competition and interviewed Ed Miliband. The members of the group actively participate in CAFOD’s Fast Day Appeals ran by the parish.

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Mary Ward with Father Peter and Father Jim

 

Father Jim Duffy presented Mary with a certificate for 10 years of volunteering and thanked her for all the hard-work put into the group. Claire Hardiman, Liz Higgins-Noonan and Joy Hynes were also thanked for their outstanding work over many years.

 

 

 

 

Harvest Fast Day Briefings: Book your place!

By Sarah Vincent, Social Media Volunteer 

Are you ready for Harvest Fast Day?

There are only 73 days left until Harvest Fast Day, so book your place now for a Harvest Fast Day Briefing! That is 73 days until CAFOD takes you to the Catholic community on an amazing journey to El Salvador.

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Community in El Salvador

In order to guarantee the success of this journey, we need all of our fantastic parish volunteers to gain an insight into our project for Harvest Fast Day. The best way you can do this is by joining us at one of our many Harvest Fast Day briefings. At these briefings, you will be given everything you need to know in order to be prepared for Harvest Fast Day 2017.

You will be presented with information about a community seed bank; you will hear about people like Endelmira and her husband Martir who are farmers in an area with a hard land to cultivate. Additionally, we will inform you about a project where they can “Plant the seeds that one day will grow” (Archbishop Oscar Romero prayer).

Book a briefing today:

Saturday 9 September: London – Romero House – 10:00 am to 3:15 pm  (Refreshments available from 9:30 am)  Bring and share lunch! 

Saturday 16 September: Bromley – St James Church – Time TBC

Thursday 21 September: London/Amigo Hall – School Volunteers briefing – Time TBC
Friday 22 September: Bexleyheath – St John Vianney from 2:30 – 4:30pm.

TBC: Briefing in Lewisham and Dover deanery

Frugal meal for lent : come and join us!

soup-shortlandShortlands Soup Lunch: Thursday 9 March – 1pm-2pm

We will be offering a delicious soup lunch at the CAFOD Southwark Volunteer Centre (St Catherine’s Cottage, Bishop Challoner School, 288 Bromley Road, Shortlands, Bromley, BR2 0AB) on Thursday 9th March between 1pm and 2pm. Please join us for a simple soup lunch in solidarity with our sisters and brothers living in poverty around the world. Let us know if you are coming.

soup-tunbridge wellsFast Day bread and soup lunch – 12noon-1:30pm Friday 10 March, Tunbridge Wells

St Augustine’s Justice and Peace group invite you to share a simple soup and bread lunch in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who are hungry. Proceeds to CAFOD. Location: St Augustine’s Church, Crescent Road, TN1 2LY

Do let us know if you are planning on holding your own soup lunch, special children’s liturgy or other event for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal in your own parish.

We hope the preparations for Lent Fast Day are going well