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.


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

Discover the secret of Archbishop Romero in his centenary year

Alongside it’s ecumenical partners, CAFOD is very proud to invite you to an evening talk led by Sister Martha Zechmeister from the Congregatio Jesu Sisters


Sister Martha Zechmeister

When?: Friday 24th March 2017, starting at 7pm

Where?: St Thomas of Canterbury Church, 59 Burgate, CT1 2HJ

What?: Sister Martha Professor of Systematic Theology, El Salvador will be speaking on “The Secret of Romero – Passion for God and Compassion for the Poor”

To find out more information about the Archbishop Romero Trust who are organising this talk here!

Find resources to celebrate the life of Blessed Oscar Romero, a guiding light to poor communities in El Salvador.



Mural of Archbishop Romero, El Salvador

Oscar Romero: Celebrate with us

Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador tomorrow (Saturday 23 May 2015) and millions of Catholics around the world – including CAFOD supporters, partners and staff – will be celebrating his inspirational life and legacy.

Celebrate with us by coming to these fantastic events:

Mass of Celebration for Oscar Romero’s life and witness, 23 May 2015

At 8am on Saturday 23 May (tomorrow) Mass will be held at St Thomas Aquinas parish (Ham Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7HT).

A Special Mass, 24 May 2015

At 6.15pm on Sunday 24 May the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street, London) will hold a special Mass with guest preacher, Michael Kirwin SJ. After Mass, a relic of Blessed Oscar Romero will be present in the church for veneration.

More on the relic is available via the Jesuit’s in Britain.

Summer Youth Day, 20 June 2015

For our young people aged 11-16, this year’s Summer Youth Day in Aylesford, presented by Southwark Catholic Youth Service and The Archbishop Romero Trust on Saturday 20 June, will be on the theme of Aspire not to have more but to be more. 

Romero Birthday Mass, 15 August 2015

At 12:30pm on Saturday 15 August a special Mass will be held at St George’s Cathedral to mark Romero’s birthday.

You can find more information and resources about Romero, including photographs, a powerpoint reflection, prayers, and resources for school children and young people, at cafod.org.uk/romero