November : a time to remember

November is the month of Remembrance for the Catholic community. It is a time during which we pray for our departed loved ones. While there are restrictions affecting our parishes, we will continue to honour and remember each person we have lost this past year with an online mass.

Online memorial mass to remember

CAFOD is remembering all its friends, families and supporters who passed away in a special online Memorial Mass
CAFOD is organising a special online Memorial Mass

We are holding a special online Memorial Mass on All Souls Day to pray for our supporters and loved ones who have died. During the Coronavirus pandemic it seems even more important to take the time to pray for all the departed.The mass will be celebrated by CAFOD’s Chair of Trustees, Bishop John Arnold, with music, readings and prayers from CAFOD staff and supporters. Mass will be streamed live on our CAFOD website on ALL Souls Day, Monday 2 November at 6pm. Please do join us in remembering our wonderful supporters and loved ones who may have inspired us by their generosity, personality and love for others.

Book of Remembrance

Do you have a loved one that you would like to be remembered? Celebrate their life by including their name into our online book of remembrance. They may have inspired us by their example, sustained us by their generosity, and their values, live on in our life and work today. Lets celebrate them together by including their names into our online book of remembrance. Just go to our website to add their names.

Candlelight Funds

Would  you like to create an ongoing tribute to someone special? You might like to set up a Candlelight Fund in their name. 

A Candlelight Fund is a special fund in memory of a loved one who has died, where all donations made in their memory are combined to create a beautifully lasting tribute to them. With this fund, offer hope to families living in poverty around the world. The video on the right tells you about baby Lily’s candlelight fund set up by her grand parents.

If you have any questions or would like to set up a Candlelight Fund, please get in touch with Roisin Beirne at candlelight@cafod.org.uk 

A prayer for those who mourn

May you be held by the God of compassion
as you remember your loved ones today.

May God be with you in your sorrow,
and comfort you in your loss.

May your God, your family and your friends,
give you strength and confidence.

May your spirit be lifted, may your heart be filled with peace,
and may the light of God’s promise fill you with joy and hope. 

Amen.

Find more prayers for remembrance on our website.

Sowing seeds of goodness in our human family

In his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis writes of ‘dark clouds over a closed world’, evoking the uncertainty we have about the future. We are affected here in the diocese of Southwark. Millions more vulnerable families around the world are now struggling with food shortages and loss of income as a result of coronavirus.

New Paths of Hope

Emergency Support to Peruvians and Venezuelan migrants with food and medicines supplies

Pope Francis reminds us that ‘despite these dark clouds’ there are ‘new paths of hope’. He tells us ‘God continues to sow abundant seeds of goodness in our human family.’ The generosity of CAFOD’s supporters is proof of these seeds of goodness. In Brazil, CAFOD’s partners are helping to distribute emergency food packages to families in urban areas unable to earn money and to assist farmers safely sell their produce.  In Sierra Leone, Sister Gertrude and her fellow doctors and nurses at the Handmaids Health Clinic and Maternity Unit now have personal protective equipment so they can treat patients safely. In Cambodia, migrant worker Pheng has participated in training in rice farming so that she can overcome travel restrictions and find work in her home country.

In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis looks at the world today through the lens of the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan. Pope Francis writes ‘the parable shows us how a community can be rebuilt by men and women who identify with the vulnerability of others, who reject the creation of a society of exclusion, and act instead as neighbours, lifting up and rehabilitating the fallen for the sake of the common good.’

Lets gather as a big Church community this Harvest

CAFOD’s Family Fast Day this Harvest looks very different. Coronavirus restrictions mean our parishes in the diocese of Southwark cannot come together in all the normal ways to fundraise or gather for soup lunches or coffee mornings to support our brothers and sisters around the world.  But now, more than ever it is vital to come together as a community, even from a distance.

Find out more at www.cafod.org.uk/fastday or click on the links below to register.

CAFOD has created a programme of free events between Thursday 8 and Sunday 11 October to enable people to gather online as a big Church community. Everyone is welcome and there is something for everyone. Please invite your friends and family. Let us recognise Christ in our abandoned or excluded brothers and sisters in the global South and respond to Pope Francis’ call to ‘care for the needs of every man and woman, young and old, with the same fraternal spirit of care and closeness that marked the Good Samaritan.’

A Harvest Like no other Programme.

  • Join the Harvest Assembly for Schools. Watch live at 9.30am on Thursday 8 October
  • Listen to a live update about CAFOD’s coronavirus response with International Programme Director, Maria Gonzales at 11am on Friday 9 October Book your place
  • Bishop Peter Brignall will celebrate Family Fast Day Mass, livestreamed from 6pm on Friday 9 October. Register to join our Mass
  • CAFOD’s new Global Family Food Event is at 12-1pm, Saturday 10 October. Have fun, eat some delicious food, and make a donation to transform the lives of people in poverty. Find out more
  • Get a team together or enter solo for the Harvest Like No Other Quiz at 7-8pm on Saturday 10 October. Register here
  • A special Harvest edition of CAFOD’s popular Children’s Liturgy Live is at 10am on Sunday 11 October, with a special guest from Sierra Leone. Register here
  • Prayer and reflection:At 7pm on Sunday 11 October,Bishop John Arnold will reflect on Pope Francis’ catechesis, Healing the World, as well as the new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti Book your place

Family Fast Day is coming: join us this September for a briefing.

With just over a month to go, it’s time to get ready for Family Fast Day. Join us for a briefing and find out more about what you can do to change lives with CAFOD’s help.

CAFOD speakers at mass for Family Fast Day

CAFOD speakers at mass for Family Fast Day

CAFOD’s 2018 Family Fast Day will be taking place on Friday 5th October. On Family Fast Day, you are invited  to have a frugal meal such as soup and donate the money you have saved to help your brothers and sisters in need.

Whether it’s holding a soup lunch or fundraising event in your parish, giving a short talk at Mass or spreading the word about Family Fast Day in your community, there is a lot you can do to help!

Join us for a briefing to be ready for Family Fast Day. During the briefing, you will hear more about CAFOD’s latest actions and receive all the information you need in order to be prepared for Family Fast Day.

Join us for a Family Fast Day briefing 

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