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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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!

Romero Centenary Mass at St. George’s Cathedral on Saturday 12th August

By Nicole Crosbourne – CAFOD Volunteer

This Saturday, 12th August the Archbishop Romero Trust will be holding a centenary mass at St. George’s Cathedral, to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Oscar Romero.

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Blessed Oscar Romero

All throughout 2017, the charity have been celebrating the Archbishop Romero Centenary through services, events and talks taking place throughout the UK. We are very fortunate to be hosting the centenary at St. George’s Cathedral, home to the Romero Cross.

Romero stood alongside his people facing terrible oppression and violence, as they spoke out against injustice. He is remembered for his courage, his faith and above all, his great love for the poor. Romero is an inspiration today, and CAFOD is continuing to support partners in El Salvador in conjunction with this year’s Harvest Fast Day Appeal. Just as Romero did, CAFOD knows about the needs of the world’s poorest communities and aims to bring hope and compassion to them, to end poverty and injustice.

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The Romero Cross, St. George’s Cathedral

The mass will be conducted by the Principal Celebrant Archbishop Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Postulator of Romero’s Cause in Rome, will be visiting especially for the occasion and giving a homily as part of the mass. After, there will be a reception taking place in Amigo Hall, Lambeth Road, where refreshments and a toast will be served. Romero Trust will also be showing an excellent new Romero film at 2.30pm from Swiss-Italian TV.

All are welcome to attend and join us in commemorating the life, martyrdom and legacy of Archbishop Romero, whilst continuing to pray for his imminent canonisation. Join us on Saturday 12th August, 12:30pm at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London, SE1 7HY.

For more information, please contact Archbishop Romero Trust at  romerotrust@gmail.com, or visit their website at www.romerotrust.org.uk.

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