Jubilee Celebration to Mark the End of Year of Mercy


Hello to everyone who took part in the Jubilee Celebration at St Joseph’s in Havant last Sunday to mark the close of the Year of Mercy and reflect on the amazing array of activities that this special Year inspired throughout the Havant Pastoral Area.

Tim Collins from St Michael and All Angels, Leigh Park, Patrick and Isobel Flynn from Sacred Heart & St Peter the Apostle, Waterlooville,  Lindsey Poulton from St Patrick’s, Hayling Island, Ethel Ray from St Joseph’s and Maureen Thompson from SS Thomas of Canterbury & Thomas More, Emsworth all came together for a simple soup lunch and some time and space to reflect on the last twelve months.

Maureen told us.

“It was lovely to get together with friends from all five parishes of Havant Pastoral Area.  We had some delicious soups and cakes to enjoy.


“We were also able to celebrate all the fantastic work individuals, parishes and schools have done to support CAFOD’s work with families across the world.

“Between us we have raised more than £10,000, and spoken up for people in fairness and justice by signing campaigns, taking greening action, praying and writing messages of hope.

“With donations raised at the event we have decided to buy World Gifts.  If we include Jim’s hard work before the event we will be able to buy five community toilets to communities who have no facilities at the moment and ten gifts of ‘happy queen bees’ to help start honey production businesses.”

Maureen’s powerpoint presentation on the activities undertaken by everyone across the area was really quite something!  Beautifully done!  Many of the activities have been featured on our blog over the year and they have all been so impressive – but seeing them all together in Maureen’s presentation was amazing!

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved with the organisation of this great event. I can’t believe you’ve now reached 5 community toilets and ten bees!  Fantastic! Thank you all so much!

Check out all our fundraising ideas for World Gifts this Christmas.

Browse the full range of World Gifts on our website and don’t forget to pick up your brochure at Mass too.  A great way to make a real difference to our brothers and sisters across the world this Christmas.

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