CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) is the official development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It has been fighting poverty and injustice in developing countries for 50 years. The parish has had an active CAFOD support group since 1995 and always welcomes new members.

Promoting human development and social justice in witness to Christian faith and gospel values, the group’s work involves:

Raising funds at Lent and Harvest Fast times and also to provide immediate relief in emergency situations, so we can work alongside people in need to reduce poverty and bring about sustainable change through development and humanitarian programmes

Raising awareness of the causes of poverty and injustice and encouraging the parish community to embrace values, attitudes and lifestyles that are rooted in the Gospel

Supporting CAFOD campaigns which challenge governments and international bodies to adopt policies that promote social justice and end poverty.

The group organises social events at which funds are raised and information is presented on CAFOD activities.  Meetings are held every few months in the Presbytery or in members’ homes.  Contact David 962 0345 or Peter 908 7463 for details. 

Details of all aspects of our work  are displayed on the CAFOD notice board and includes the monies rasied for our CAFOD campaines such as the Lent campaign.

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Picture details, left to right, top to bottom: Connect2 material, Flood disaster in Kainmari, Bangladesh

 

Update of CAFOD activities for 2015/16:

The joint CAFOD Group for our two parishes has continued to be very active with a policy of organising events, combining information on the work of CAFOD, social gatherings and fundraising.

For Lent in both 2015 and 2016, we followed the now traditional pattern of social events, with 3 hunger lunches (one at St Antony’s, following CAFOD Stations of the Cross) and a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (at which the Lent campaign was explained and information was given on CAFOD’s work). For 2015 we set a target of £3500, representing a typical list of projects to transform a village. Amazingly, through Fast Day donations, give it up boxes and proceeds of social events, our parishes achieved £4081, far above target. We were much helped by the young parishioners who delivered Fast Day appeals from the pulpit and by the support of Little Church. For both years the Government guarantees to match fund the amount we raise in our Lent campaign.

For the Harvest Fast Day 2015, we raised £1848. In addition, a general parish social event raised £1310 for CAFOD’s work to support Syrian refugees.

We have been inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical on our relationship with our environment, Laudato Si, on which we organised two discussion evenings in the Presbytery. The Parish supported CAFOD’s One World One Climate environmental campaign by signing the petition to the Prime Minister ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change in December. Some of us heard a talk at St Bonaventure’s on the effects of climate change and CAFOD’s emergency work following the hurricanes by Edu Gariguez from Caritas Phillipines.

Christine Fernandes has continued to run a regular FairTrade stall at Sacred Heart and Pat Coles runs one at St Antony’s. Peter Harvey has been active on CAFOD’s liaison with Schools in the area. Thanks to all parishioners of both parishes for supporting us so well.