Prayers for refugees in Whitstable

Catherine, part of the Justice and Peace Group at Our Lady Immaculate Church in Whitstable, reflects on their pilgrimage with the Lampedusa cross.

KODAK Digital Still CameraHow could I ever know what it would be like to be a refugee? To have to leave my comfortable home in Kent? To be so desperate that I would make a perilous journey and risk being separated from my family?

Last December, over 75 of us gathered in Whitstable to go on our own journey. We didn’t travel far – only around the parish rooms, grounds and church. But it was a moving and prayerful journey, in solidarity with the many displaced people in our world. Explore resources and send a message of hope here.

refugee-prayer-breadUsing music and scripture, we heard stories from refugees and learnt about why they have to leave their homes. We symbolically shared bread and reflected on our identity as children of God by being ‘forced’ to give up our passports, driving licences and cuddly toys. We were moved to hear the story of the Lampedusa Cross as we carried photos of our families and wrote messages of hope for refugees. And many fruitful conversations took place over tea, coffee and much cake.

It was wonderful to see people of all ages involved in the pilgrimage – it felt like we were really ‘being Church’ and journeying together. And it proved to be a meaningful way of bringing people together from local parishes and churches, from our schools and the local community, to learn, reflect and to pray.

messages-of-hope-oli-brighterAs we continue to pray for refugees and to do what we can to respond to the crisis, we hope that our little journey will give us a new energy for working together to make a difference in our world. If you can, please take action on the refugee crisis : send a message of Hope, organise a refugee solidarity liturgy and donate to CAFOD’s refugee crisis appeal here.

If you want to find out more about CAFOD and how you could be involved join us on Saturday 4 February 2017 for our Volunteer Workshop. Find out more here.

February CAFOD Lent Fast Day Briefing in Southwark

This Lent Fast Day we will be hearing about how Florence from Zambia turned one tiny fish into a thriving business and a future for her family, with your help.


CAFOD Volunteer during Harvest Fast Day Briefing 2016

Come along to one of our CAFOD Lent Fast Day Briefing. Find out all you need to know about the coming Lent Fast Day and the community we are focussing on in Zambia. Share ideas with other volunteers about how you can raise awareness in your parish.


You will also hear our guest Speaker Claire Dixon, head of CAFOD latin America, share her experience on how CAFOD works with its partners.

Please come along to one of our Fast Day Briefing:

3 February in Bexleyheath / 10:30am -12:30pm – St John Vianney. 21 Heathfield Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8NP. Register here
4 February in Amigo Hall, Lambeth/ workshop 2 – 12:15pm-2:45pm – Lambeth, London SE1 7HY, next to St Georges Cathedral. Special guest: Clare Dixon CAFOD head of Latin America.  Register here
6 February (tbc) at St Josephs Bromley / 8-9pm – 1 Orchard Road, Bromley, BR1 2PR
11 February at CAFOD Volunteer Centre the Church of Christ the King, 1st Floor, 29 Bramley Road, London, N14 4HE from 10am – 12noon. This meeting will include a talk by guest speaker Mark Chamberlain, who has first hand experience of the projects in Zambia which we will promoting this Fast Day. Register here

Book online or for more information please contact us at the Southwark Volunteer Centre on 020 8466 9901

Lent Fast Day is Friday 10 March, and if you are the Fast Day contact in your parish, your pack will be with you in the first week of February.

Understanding CAFOD workshop on 4 February 2017: Come along!

CAFOD Southwark is organising an “Understanding CAFOD” workshop.


CAFOD volunteers discussing about CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Harvest

Come to find out all about how, why and where the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development works to transform the lives of poor communities across the world. Learn about how you can get involved as a volunteer and share your time to make a difference.


You have 2 location and date to Choose from :

You have two locations to choose from – Please book online or call us on 020 8466 9901:

  1. Saturday 28th January at the St Francis of Assisi parish, 160 The Grove, London, E15 1NS
  2.  Saturday 4th February (workshop one: 10am -1:55pm) at Amigo Hall, Lambeth, London SE1 7HY, next to St Georges Cathedral. This workshop will held be just before the Lent fast Day briefing. Special guest: Clare Dixon CAFOD head of Latin America. Register here