Running Your Own Fast Day

Nicole Crosbourne, a CAFOD volunteer, provides information and advertises for an upcoming CAFOD event. 

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A Community in El Salvador

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is less than six weeks away. As we are celebrating 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, it seemed appropriate to have our Harvest Fast Day focused on San Salvador, where he was a guiding light to many poor communities.

There is still time to book your place at one of our Harvest Fast Day Briefings this September, including one at Romero House during our CAFOD Essentials Day on Saturday 9th September. We will provide you with all the resources you need and everything you need to know about our goal to focus on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters, and creating peace.

 

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Harvest Fast Day 2016 at the Holy Family parish, Maidstone

At each of our briefings you will get the chance to hear about people such as Endelmira, a farmer living with land which is hard to cultivate. Together, we can make a difference in El Salvador and in the words of Blessed Oscar Romero, we can ‘plant the seeds which one day will grow.’

We have plenty of resources online relating to this year’s Harvest Fast Day appeal in El Salvador, including posters, prayer cards and short talks you can deliver if you are interested in speaking at mass. You can also find some briefing notes, and a plan for a liturgy you could run for the children in your parish.

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Harvest Fast Day 2016 at St. Peter’s School, Greenwich

If you are interested in running your own Fast Day within your parish, come to our workshop on CAFOD Essentials Day at Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JB. We will give you advice, ideas and information to get you started. During the day there will be a wide range of workshops and reflections all related to CAFOD and how to get involved in the work we do. Not to mention, a bring and share lunch and the chance to meet new people.

Book your place at for our Essentials Day next Saturday 9th September to find out more about life in El Salvador, Harvest Fast Day and how your parish can get involved. You can also contact us on southwark@cafod.org.uk or 02084 66 99 01 for more information.

Raise Your Voice and Speak Up For CAFOD!

Sarah, a CAFOD Media Volunteer, provides information about an upcoming CAFOD event. 

Are you looking to inspire others and motivate them by speaking up for CAFOD? Then you are in luck as your chance to attend a Speaking at Mass training session.

Join us on Saturday 9 September, for our Essentials Day, where you will be able to take

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Professional coach training

part in our Speaking at Mass training session as well as other sessions we have on offer. The event will start at 9:30 if you would like to join us for refreshments or 10:00 when the event will begin, lasting until 3:15. The event will take place in Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7JB. Please feel free to bring your family and friends, with a bring and share lunch!

Speaking at Mass is the best way for all your parishioners to hear how their continuous support is improving the lives of their brothers and sisters across the globe. This year you will gain top tips about how lending your voice will encourage other parishioners to follow in your footsteps and speak up for CAFOD.

By Speaking at Mass, you will be informing your fellow parishioners about CAFOD partners and how they are supporting those who are living in poor communities by tackling poverty and injustice.

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Volunteers at a Speaking at Mass training

Not only do these talks provide with essentials skills which can be used in your everyday life, but they raise awareness of CAFOD’s work, in which also motivates and inspires others to get involved as volunteers. In doing so, CAFOD will get the support it needs to continue to spread the message and provide for others who live in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Do not worry if you are not a regular speaker, you do not even have to be a speaker at all! Just come along and listen in to the tips provided. You never know, maybe the talk can encourage you sign up to become a Speaker at Mass.

Book your place by:

Visiting Eventbrite 

Emailing: southwark@cafod.org.uk

Calling: 02084 66 99 01

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!

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.