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.

Become a Live Simply Award Community

By Nicole Crosbourne – Administrative Volunteer

CAFOD’s Live Simply Award provides a great opportunity for catholic communities to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’. Together parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies can “Work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”. CAFOD will be holding a Live Simply Award workshop at our Essentials Day on 9th September all about the Live Simply Award and how you can get your own communities involved.

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Live Simply Parish Organiser Rita Belletty with her Award

The Live Simply Award is presented to communities who have shown they can live simply in solidarity with people in poverty, whilst living sustainably with creation. In the past, these communities have encouraged people to walk to church or school, promoted recycling, and joined climate change campaigns. They have also supported Fair-trade stalls or donated to local food banks. Overall the award helps us to celebrate what we already have done and inspires us to do more. It will help your community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully.

An important part of our faith is to care for creation and to develop respect for other people in the world. Becoming a live simply parish helps you go deeper and to take action” – Paul Kelly, St. Joseph’s parish, Lancaster diocese.

To apply for a Live Simply Award you can sign up online to express your interest. Once you’ve done this, you can start developing an action plan to accommodate current activities within your community and new projects you’d like to undertake. CAFOD will support you with resources, and by visiting your community to celebrate what you’ve been doing. We will also celebrate and share your achievements.

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The Live Simply Award Group at St. James’ Church, Petts Wood

In July 2014, St. James’ Church in Petts Wood became the very first parish in the Archdiocese of Southwark to receive the award. The parishioners created a beautiful wildlife garden and worship space, whilst reducing the church’s carbon footprint by nearly 10 percent. They also decided to mark baptisms and birthdays by planting over 70 trees in British woodlands, support local food banks and raise money to support those living in poverty in Bangladesh.

In the words of parishioner Joe Falzon, who lead the projects, participating in the Live Simply Award challenges us all to think about what we do within our own society to have a worldwide impact. Since 2014 several other communities across multiple dioceses have joined them in the challenge to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity.

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Last CAFOD Essentials Day

If your catholic community would be interested, sign up online and you can access various resources to get you started, from our step-by-step guide to 100 Live Simply ideas for your community. Together we can reduce emissions and take action on climate change. What will you do to make a difference?

For more information and ideas, come to our workshop on Essentials Day on 9th September from 9:30am in Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road. There will be several other workshops, reflections and a briefing for this year’s Harvest Fast Day. Register your place on Eventbrite to join us.

Alternatively,  you can email livesimplyaward@cafod.org.uk for further information about the award.

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!