Freda’s Summer Party

By CAFOD – Southwark Office

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John and Freda

Freda and John Vine, held an afternoon tea party to fundraise for CAFOD in June. As volunteers, they organised the event in their garden, attracting numerous visitors.

We would like to warmly thank Freda for this wonderful initiative and commitment. We would also  to give a special thanks to all those who helped. Including those in the kitchen who prepared food and cleared up, and the 4 young “waitresses” who attended on guests. Everyone had a lovely afternoon in Bexleyheath.

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A Selection of Cakes

Freda said “We were pleased to welcome Father Jim and Father Romanus from St. Stephen’s Church, along with about 70 other friends, neighbours, parishioners and well-behaved children. Everyone tucked into the sandwiches, cakes and the delicious scones, courtesy of our friend and CAFOD co supporter, Jo Stanton. The tea and coffee were nearly as popular as the soft drinks and water!”

“A total of £626.60 has been raised for CAFOD’s Partners. This included some donations we were pleased to receive from people unable to attend, and from the sale of some plants. £30 worth of donations went to the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice.”

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Plants for Sale

Overall, the afternoon was a success. “I spent wonderful afternoon in John and Freda’s lovely garden, eating a delicious afternoon and enjoying the company of all the parishioners that attended.  John and Freda do so much for CAFOD and numerous other charities, and their warmth and enthusiasm was infectious.  It was great to see that they had solar panels on their roof and water butts in the garden – care for God’s creation in action!” Jessica Coffin from CAFOD. “It was so warm that people were seeking shady parts of the garden, and even once the day had cooled down, nobody seemed to want to go home!”

Many thanks for all those who generously donated raffle prizes. We look forward to seeing you all again this time next year.

If you are inspired by Freda and John’s successful fundraiser, we encourage you to organise your own event within your parish and raise money for CAFOD.

 

Children’s chores making a difference to CAFOD’s partners

St John Vianney in Bexleyheath is in full swing as they prepare for CAFOD Lent Fast Day. Lyn Goddard, Bexley deanery area-coordinator volunteer, shares their journey with us.

Says Lyn: Lent Fast Day is fast approaching and preparations in our parish are now in full swing.

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St John Vianney, Bexleyheath

As usual, we’ll be putting up a display on the porch noticeboard and this time the theme will be fish…….and lots of eye-catching brightly-decorated fish spring to mind.

Our display, which will remain in place until the following Sunday, will coincide for Serge, our parish rep, to give his talk on Sunday 5th March.

We staple the CAFOD envelopes to the weekly newsletter which is handed out by our welcomers, together with the parish mass book. We find this solves the problem of folk forgetting to take an envelope when they leave after Mass. It also means everyone has the envelope in front of them when Serge is delivering his talk.

We make a point of using the CAFOD prayers of intercession throughout Lent as this helps to keep us focused on the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world. The newsletter includes a brief announcement reminding everyone that Fast Day is coming and it urges them to use Gift Aid if possible thereby increasing their gift.

After the 10.30.am Mass, which is our main Sunday service, we usually have refreshments in the hall. This gives parishioners a chance to chat and catch up on all the news.

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Lyn Goddard, left, with fellow Parish Volunteers at a Lent Fast Day briefing

On 5th March we’ll be having the usual refreshments as well as showing the video of Nkandu Chikonde which is available on the CAFOD website .

The youngsters haven’t been forgotten either.

We’re challenging them to become involved in the Fast Day efforts. Each child has been given a CAFOD money box and we’re asking them to do chores at home to earn money to put in the box.

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CAFOD money box

Obviously we want them to raise whatever money they can and we believe it will be good for them to feel they’re contributing. By doing chores they can see that the money they raise is a direct result of their own efforts.

As we feel our efforts shouldn’t just be restricted to a collection on Fast Day, we’re also planning a Lenten fund-raising frugal lunch. The occasion will also raise awareness of the challenges many people face in trying to find enough food to feed their families.

Finally, we hope to have a Day of Prayer for CAFOD which will include Stations of the Cross.

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Further details about this will be announced shortly.

CAFOD Southwark Memorial Mass Sunday 20 November at 10:30 am in St John Vianney Bexleyheath

During November, the month of remembrance, we take time to pray for those who have died and give thanks for loved ones who have made a deep and lasting impression on our lives.

Over the years, CAFOD has been blessed to work alongside the kindest and most committed friends any charity could hope for. The insight, faith and strength of our founders and early supporters still shape our values and way of working today.

But one of the saddest aspects of growing older, as individuals and as an organisation, is that some of our closest friends have passed away in recent months and years. In our own diocese we have lost a number of friends who have played an inspirational and important role in our work.

Some may be familiar names to many of us, such as inspirational parish priests, or parish volunteers who’ve organised events and rallied local support for CAFOD campaigns. Many more will be men and women who’ve gone about their busy lives but also quietly found time to offer love, practical support and prayers to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Ordinary men and women who have made an extraordinary difference to people’s lives.

So in celebration of our inspiring friends, and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD Southwark will be holding its memorial Mass at St John Vianney, 21 Heathfield Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 8NP on November 20th at 10:30am .

All are welcome to join us, whether to remember fellow CAFOD supporters or members of your own family, friends and community who’ve passed away. At our memorial Mass you can take precious time to remember your loved ones, knowing that you’re among friends.

A book of remembrance will be presented and blessed by the celebrant at Mass.