Celebrating the life of Oscar Romero


Next Saturday marks an important day for CAFOD and the whole church: Archbishop Oscar Romero, voice of the voiceless and champion of the poor in El Salvador, will be beatified in San Salvador next Saturday, 23 May, vigil of Pentecost.

Please join us in prayer and thanksgiving for Romero’s life and legacy this weekend. CAFOD has produced a number of resources to mark this important event and raise awareness of Romero. Take a look at the following…

1) 6-minute film: a short, powerful film about Romero’s life and how CAFOD supported his work in El Salvador

2) Romero poster: we have sent this to parishes via email last week asking them to display the poster this weekend, if you would like A3 copies or extra copies please contact us and we can send them in the post. We have also sent a special bidding prayer to be included in the Masses this weekend

3) Romero liturgy: this could be used in parishes at any time of the year to celebrate Romero’s life

4) Romero reflection: a Powerpoint reflection for personal prayer or for use in parish groups

5) Romero quotes and prayers: inspirational words from Romero’s homilies

You can also take a look at the excellent resources for primary and secondary schools. A complete list of resources is available here.

Do let us know whether your parish is marking the beatification in any special way.

You can find information about how to follow/watch the beatification in live streaming on Saturday here. The Romero Trust will also be holding a special Mass of thanksgiving at St George’s Cathedral in Southwark on 15 August. More details will be published on our Events page in due course.

Thank you for your prayers this weekend!

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