We would like to invite you to some wonderful online events.

Blessed Oscar Romero

On Saturday the 13th of March, 11am-12pm you’re invited to the Archbishop Oscar Romero Anniversary National Ecumenical Service. This will be live-streamed from St Martin-in-the-Fields to mark the 41st anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Click here to enter the livestream.

Fabiano in Uganda

Tuesday, 16 March 11am-12pm. Secondly, we’d like to invite you to hear about the difference you have made in Uganda. On Harvest Family Fast Day 2019, you heard about Fabiano in Uganda and raised money to help people without clean water around the world. Join this discussion, live from Uganda, with our local experts at Caritas Moroto and CAFOD’s Mark Kipkirui Baiywoh to hear about the amazing difference your help has made to the lives of local people.

Click here to book your place.

Tuesday 16th March 7pm. Finally, there is a talk on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ letter on Our Common Home. Dr Peter Coughlan will be joining the Sacred Heart Parish in Wimbledon to talk about the main themes of this hugely significant encyclical. He will explore both the origins of Pope Francis’ ‘ecological conversion’ and the significance of Laudato Si’ as we approach the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow. Peter has recently given seminars at the Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge and previously lectured at Heythrop College, University of London. The talk is organised by the Newman Circle and the Environment Group in the parish.

Email sarah.tobin@btconnect.com for the link for this meeting.

And a reminder that on Fridays throughout Lent we are walking through the Stations of the Cross online in a prayerful journey of transformation in solidarity with people living in poverty around the world.

Join us at 11am as we meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross, following themes of justice, poverty, mercy, friendship and hope.

Click here to register for the series.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.