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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‘On the Move’ helps young people share a refugee’s journey

On the Move’ is an exciting interactive way for children and young people to share a refugee family’s journey to safety. It is a great way for our young people to experience a little of what it means to leave your home and seek refuge in another country.

Students working on the 'On the Move' exercises. They were prompted to work as a family and learn what a refugee's journey would look like.

Students working on the ‘On the Move’ exercises. They were prompted to work as a family and learn what a refugee’s journey would look like.

As part of a day organised by Southwark Diocesan Education Commission, helped by CAFOD School Volunteers, students were invited to take part in the ‘On the Move’ activity. Maria Chiara, a CAFOD volunteer from Italy joined the children and here she describes how they were led through a family’s journey to safety.

“The young people were grouped into refugee families and chose who would be mum, dad, granny or children.

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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