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.

Sophia’s journey : from her Lent conversion to Walking for Water

Sophia White, who is based in the diocese of Southwark, is on a gap year with CAFOD. She is sharing with us what Lent is for her and why she will take on the 10,000 steps challenge.

Lent is traditionally a season of fasting, prayer and penitence in preparation for the celebration of Easter. It is a season which is very dear to my heart.

A lent journey : from conversion to Walking for Water

Sophia White is taking the 10,000 step Walk for Water Challenge this lent 2021

For Lent 2018, I travelled across the United States in a journey which ultimately led to me being received into the Catholic Church on Pentecost that year. I then moved to Dublin to study theology, and much of Lent 2019 was spent writing essays and grieving the sudden death of a childhood friend. Lent 2020 was Lent in Lockdown 1, and we could argue that last year’s Lent is the longest 40 days of our lives.

My hope is that Lent 2021 will be less of a rollercoaster than these previous years. Along with many of CAFOD’s supporters, I will be joining in with the 10,000 steps-per-day Walk for Water, and on Divine Mercy Sunday I will be celebrating my new-found fitness by running the Royal Parks Virtual Half Marathon. I’m fortunate to live in the countryside, where the beauty of the landscape has the added bonus of making social distancing exceptionally easy.

Join Sophia in the Walk for Water

Many of my friends are not Christian, though they join in with Lent as it’s good for your health to give up chocolate and the like for forty days. They ask me what giving up chocolate – or taking up running – has to do with faith and religion. The short answer is ‘to make more room for God in one’s life’, and the longer answer is that I don’t just give up chocolate or take up walking; I also set more time aside for prayer, follow a Lenten reading plan, pray Stations of the Cross with CAFOD. By this point, I have usually lost my audience and left myself wondering whether my laundry list of Lenten practices is bringing me any closer to God after all.

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What the Stations of the Cross mean to me

Rachelle Thevathas, CAFOD parish volunteer at Holy Cross church in CATFORD, has organised the Station of the Cross in her parish. She told us what it meant for her .

When I was approached by a member of my Parish to lead the stations of the cross as CAFOD parish volunteer – I was thrilled!

The stations of the Cross help me to reflect on Jesus’ final journey

Stations of the Cross at Holy Cross in Catford

Stations of the Cross at Holy Cross in Catford

For me the stations of the cross is a great way of reflecting Jesus’ final journey, and his great sacrifice; it allows me to evaluate my life and my choices and puts into perspective the greatness of sacrifice and fasting. At times I associate the word fasting with food – however giving up my time for something – CAFOD volunteering for example – or someone, going out of my way to do a good deed for another are all examples of fasting – I give up a part of myself for other people.

Discover how I organised the Stations of the Cross at Holy Cross

Don Lazaro's artisan workshop, painting CAFOD's Romero El Salvador crosses.

Don Lazaro’s artisan workshop, painting CAFOD’s Romero El Salvador crosses.

I gave a call to the Southwark CAFOD office to get some ideas. I discovered that all the resources were on CAFOD website : a power point with pictures and a word document to organise the Stations of the Cross. 

I decided to only use the leader’s notes.  On the day, we had two alter severs walk around the church, from station to station. Using CAFOD’s resources I and another speaker talked through each station – giving a bible reading that linked to the station, and a brief reflection where we meditated on our thoughts, and then finished each station with a small prayer.

I reflected on CAFOD’s project

Whilst doing the Stations of the cross in my parish, I was able to reflect on CAFOD’s project in Zimbabwe; the sacrifices the people there must undergo without a choice, really put into perspective how fortunate and lucky I am.

In what ways does Jesus’s final journey affect you?

This Holy Week meditate on Jesus’ journey to the cross with our brothers and sisters around the world.