Honour a Loved One through a Candlelight Fund

November is the month of Remembrance for the Catholic community. It is a time during which we pray for our departed loved ones. Southwark just honoured those who have passed away this past weekend with our Memorial Mass at The Holy Family Parish in Sanderstead.  One way to honour their legacy would be to set up a Candlelight Fund.  

This November marked the 100th anniversary of the end of  World War I. We honour and remember all who had lost their lives, their loved ones or know anyone who suffered at the expense of the War. It is also a time to honour our close relatives and friends who passed away. If you would like to set up a lasting tribute to a loved one or continue their legacy, hear from a CAFOD supporter on what her Candlelight fund means to her.

Kathy’s Candlelight Fund for her son Robbie

Kathy who has opened a Candlelight fund for her son Robbie

Kathy who has opened a Candlelight fund for her son Robbie

Kathleen says: “I lost my only son, Robbie Sharp, in 2009, who lived with cerebral palsy from birth. Robbie needed lots of love, care and attention, which he was never short of. I was so grateful to all the volunteers who had helped Robbie, a few years later I wanted to put something back into the community.” A couple of years after her son Robbie died, Kathleen decided to turn her grief into something positive and set up a Candlelight Fund in Robbie’s memory

“Robbie was a wonderful young man and it is a great comfort to me to see that his memory is living on and he would be very happy to know that he is helping people around the world. There are also annual Candlelight Masses around the country and I have attended one locally which was very memorable. Robbie’s candlelight fund has raised over £6470 now.”

Set-up your own Candlelight funds 

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Share a soup lunch and show you care

Sharing a soup lunch is a wonderful way to live our faith in action. As we join together for this humble meal we express our solidarity and support for our global brothers and sisters devastated by war, climate change, poverty and famine.

Soup lunches provide an opportunity for prayer and reflection and it’s a chance to give practical help by raising money to support CAFOD’s amazing work.

A simple lunch for Family Fast Days

A simple lunch at St Augustine in Tunbridge wells

A simple soup lunch at St Augustine in Tunbridge Wells

We talked to Maria Chiara, a CAFOD volunteer from Italy, about a simple soup lunch that CAFOD staff and volunteers enjoyed at Romero house as part of Family Fast Day.

“We came together to share our simple meal and reflect on the lives of those living in extreme poverty. People brought different home-cooked soups such as lentil, carrot and sweet potato.

We began our lunch with prayer and reflection. We took the opportunity to remember the women who  started Family Fast Day and then CAFOD in the early ‘60s, and to think about the supporters and volunteers who have shown incredible commitment and generosity in helping others.

It was wonderful for me to be there and show solidarity with our global neighbours, who we thought of them as we sat down to eat.  I work for Caritas Cagliari and we have many projects to put our faith in action to help and empower those living in extreme poverty, so I was very excited to discover CAFOD fast days.”

Take a look at this video to see what we were up to!

A life saved with your help

You can have a simple soup lunch anywhere and at any time to show that you care!

You can have a simple soup lunch anywhere and at any time to show that you care!

Maria told us about an inspiring film they watched about Lilian. “The lunch was a chance to stand in solidarity with women like Lilian, who was very sick with HIV. The Family Fast Day film showed us how CAFOD had nursed her back to health. They gave her support and training to stay healthy and to rebuild her and her children’s life. It showed me how by eating simply and donating to CAFOD, lives can be saved”

How can I organise a simple soup lunch?

With November and the cold weather approaching why not hold your own Family fast day soup lunch? In fact, any time is a good time to make or buy soup and share a simple meal to show spiritual and practical solidarity for our global brothers and sisters.

CAFOD has loads of great information and resources to help you Plan a soup lunch in your parish Everything from choosing a venue, posters and to promoting the lunch in your parish newsletters. There’s even a recipe for a delicious pasta and bean soup!

Thanks Freda and John for your fundraising garden party

Standing in solidarity with our neighbours, especially those most in need, is one of the key principles of our faith. Fundraising to support CAFOD’s work is one important way you can reach out and make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Discover how John and Frida Vine  manages to raised funds with a fantastic garden party. 

Parishioners for St Stephen in Bexley enjoying Frida and John Vine's garden party

Parishioners for St Stephen in Bexley enjoying Frida and John Vine’s garden party

It was great to hear about the annual garden party organised on June 9 by Freda and John Vine. As well as raising much needed funds for CAFOD it brought together people from across the community. Friends, neighbours and parishioners all came together to lend a hand. They set out the tables and chairs, put up the parasols, baked, made sandwiches, teas and coffees and helped clear away at the end of the afternoon.

Said John: “I’d like to thank everyone who supported our garden party either by coming on the day or making donations of money and raffle tickets or buying plants in advance.

Parishioners from St Stephen are enjoying cakes and tea at Frida Vine's garden party to raise funds for CAFOD

Parishioners from St Stephen are enjoying cakes and tea at Frida Vine’s garden party to raise funds for CAFOD

“We raised £570 for CAFOD and special thanks to all who helped in the kitchen preparing and clearing away; those who cooked and donated food and to our two young waitresses who were rushed off their feet by the sheer number of people who joined us to enjoy the sandwiches, cakes and scones, plus many cups of tea and coffee. The sun shone and everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon. It created a lovely atmosphere in which to support our less fortunate brothers and sisters around the world. We sometimes forget how blessed we are having been born in this country.”

Freda and John, from St. Stephen’s church in Bexley, have been CAFOD volunteers for many years and fundraising is one way they practice their faith, living it out through action.

A huge thank you to Freda and John for their constant support and hard work. We’re already looking forward to next year’s garden party!

And if they’ve inspired you to hold your own event you can get loads of fun ideas, advice and resources, including seven simple steps to make it a success. There are loads of great things you can do to raise money. It can be anything from organising a quiz night to running a marathon, from a cake sale to holding a garden party.

Discover our A to Z of fundraising ideas