CAFOD Retreat 24 November – Countering Consumerism: Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate

A month from today, we will be hosting a new CAFOD Retreat at Romero House. On November 24th, from 10am to 4pm, join us to discuss Pope Francis’ “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad).

What will be covered?

The main question we will seek to answer during this retreat is “What does it mean to be holy?” and “How can we find holiness given our busy modern lives?” We will look at some of the ideas that Pope Francis offers in his new Letter, Gaudete et Exsultate, which encourages us to open our ears, eyes and hearts.

Join us on November 24th for our CAFOD Countering Consumerism Retreat!

Join us on November 24th for our CAFOD Countering Consumerism Retreat!

Register to CAFOD retreat 

Join us in faith and in the spirit of countering the culture of consumerism. Let us all respond to the Pope’s call towards our common home, here in England and overseas.

How to register

For any CAFOD retreat, be it in Southwark or in another Diocese, you can register on Eventbrite. Our Southwark retreat will take place Saturday 24  November from 10am to 4pm at Romero House on 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB. We invite you and anyone you wish to bring to this event. All retreats are free of charge and open to all! Whether you have been involved in a CAFOD Campaign or not in the past, we would love to see you there. We also invite you to bring a shared vegetarian lunch, so we can all come together for a collective meal during the retreat.

Register to CAFOD retreat on countering Consumerism 

Invitation to Soup Lunch at Romero House on October 5th, 2018.

This Friday, October 5th, we will be hosting a Soup Lunch with our staff and volunteers at Romero House. We would love to have you and your friends and family to join us at 1:00pm on this day to share in celebration, prayer and donation. The address of Romero House is: 55 Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7JB.

Why have a soup lunch?

This is Longora and her family in Northern Uganda

This is Longora and her family in Northern Uganda

Having a soup lunch with your friends and family is a great way of raising awareness and of holding a collection for our mission. By eating simply – and perhaps by giving up a meal, or just having a bowl of soup – and by donating to CAFOD, lives can be saved. This benefits people like Longora from Uganda and her family, who used to have no access to drinkable water, but can now lead healthier lives. Thanks to donations from people like you in the past, CAFOD was able to repair the well in her village and train local people in how to maintain it, so they can fix it if it breaks again. Now Longora and her neighbours have a reliable supply of clean, safe drinking water.

At Family Fast Day we seek to make changes like this possible.

If you cannot make it on Friday, but still are interested and want to participate in a Harvest Family Fast Day soup lunch, don’t worry, it’s not too late! You can organise a soup lunch in your parish or with your friends after Fast Day as well!

Plan a soup lunch in your parish

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CAFOD Office Volunteers are preparing for Harvest Family Fast Day on October 5th

October 5th is right around the corner, which means Harvest Family Fast Day will be here soon! CAFOD’S volunteers in the Southwark Volunteer Centre have been working hard with Parish Volunteers and Parishes these past couple of weeks to prepare. American Student and Office Volunteer, Natalie, has joined CAFOD’s volunteer team in August and describes what she has been up to.


Office Volunteer, Natalie, on the phone with Parish volunteers

On my very first day at CAFOD (and only my 5th day in London), I was introduced to CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day mission! Day two, I was already calling volunteers asking of their plans for Fast Day in their parishes.  I began to learn about the huge impact our Parish volunteers and supporters, with the help of CAFOD, can have on changing the lives of everyone around the world.

At the last Family Fast Day, during lent, we raised together £4.3 million!

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