Write to your MP and be a voice for the voiceless.

Your local MP is your link to Parliament. They influence decisions which affect the future of the world’s poorest people. We are looking for people who are willing to write to their MP a couple of times a year.  A CAFOD MP Correspondent (MPC) ensures that the voices of the world’s poorest are heard in the corridors of power. So please consider signing up here.

Thomas Kimaru and Fiona in Parliament for Power to Be campaign

Thomas Kimaru and Fiona campaigning in Parliament

If you would like to find out more about the role  of an MPC then please come to  a training session on Tuesday 5th December at Amigo Hall next to St George’s Cathedral London SE1 7HY from 11am to 15.00pm with a shared lunch at 1.00pm. Come along to pick up some top lobbying tips and to:

  • Find out the latest insider information from parliament.
  • Discover top tips from the experts on how best to build a relationship with your MP.
  • Hear about CAFOD’s upcoming campaign plans
  • Meet and share ideas with like-minded campaigners.

Please sign up here for the training. 

We would also like you to use this as an opportunity for you to build up your relationship with your MP. Last year thousands of CAFOD supporters wrote messages of welcome, respect and love for refugees around the world. These will be displayed in Parliament in an exhibition during this week. Invite your MP to meet you in parliament after the training and see the exhibition together.

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.

Blessed Oscar Romero

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.

Romero Cross

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.

Volunteers’ Day on 4 February 2017: 50 People are coming – are you?

CAFOD Volunteers during Harvest Fast Day Briefing ready to speak in their local parishes,

CAFOD Volunteers during Harvest Fast Day Briefing

50 people have already booked for CAFOD volunteers’ Day on Saturday 4 February 2017 in Amigo hall, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HR from 10 am to 2:45pm. There are still some spaces available. Book today here or call our office volunteer centre in Southwark on 0208 466 9901.

Tea and coffee will be served from 9:45am-10:15am

10:15            Introductions and reflection
CAFOD history, ethos and work
Fundraising and Stewardship update
International work update
Volunteering with CAFOD

12:15             Speaker Clare Dixon – CAFOD Head of Latin America

1:00 pm         Lunch. Please bring your own to help keep costs to a minimum.

1:40                Prayer

1:50                Lent Fast Day: Discover Florence’s story and the project in Zambia

2:10                Sharing the practical mechanics of running an appeal in the parish

2:45                Good bye and Good Luck in your parish.

If you are not available on Saturday and would like to attend a CAFOD Lent Fast Day Briefing please join us in St John Vianney, 21 Heathfield Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8NP on Friday 3 February between 10:30 am and 12:30pm. You can book here.