During November, the month of remembrance, we take time to pray for those who have died and give thanks for loved ones who have made a deep and lasting impression on our lives. Over the years, CAFOD has been blessed to work alongside the kindest and most committed friends any charity could hope for. The insight, faith and strength of our founders and early supporters still shape our values and way of working today. But one of the saddest aspects of growing older, as individuals and as an organisation, is that some of our closest friends have passed away in recent months and years. In our own diocese, we have lost a number of friends who have played an inspirational and important role in our work.
Friends like Rita Belletty who was our parish volunteer at St John Bosco Church in Woodley and an active campaigner , and Judith Brown who was our parish volunteer at St Joseph & St Edmund in Southampton.
So in celebration of our inspiring friends, and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD Portsmouth is holding its Memorial Mass at St Edmund Church,The Avenue, Southampton on Saturday 23rd November at 11am.
All are welcome to join us, whether to remember fellow CAFOD supporters or members of your own family, friends and community who’ve passed away. At our Memorial Mass, you can take precious time to remember your loved ones, knowing that you’re among friends.
A Book of Remembrance will be presented and blessed by the celebrant at each Mass. If you would like to add a name to this list you would be very welcome; whether or not you can attend the service itself. Please go to a our website to add a name here or get in touch with our volunteer centre at email@example.com or by calling 01252 329385 if you’d like to know more.
Refreshments will be provided after the service, so we hope you’ll be able to stay for a little while to speak with other local CAFOD supporters and staff. It would be wonderful to see you at such a special event.