Why not use a CAFOD resource this Advent?

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

As we are now in this special time of advent preparing for the birth of our saviour why not use one of our CAFOD resources at home or in your parish . There is our advent calendar on the website which has reflections and prayers for each day.

If you are planning a fundraising event this advent we have poster featuring  our World gift of an Emergency Shelter  £40 which can be printed off and  filled in .

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter


We also have an advent service which can be used by a group or the whole parish and a variety of advent prayers.

Come Lord, come again

Come Lord, your wounded world is yearning
for you to come again.
Come Lord, your weary world is crying out
for you to lift us up
out of our despair, our hunger,
our thirst for something better,
our need for the food that will last.
Come Lord, come again,
we need to begin again.

Sue Allerton/CAFOD


Tim’s unique way of promoting World Gifts.

Tim Collins

Tim Collins

Thank you so much Tim Collins, our parish volunteer from St Michael & All Angels in Leigh Park for promoting the World Gift catalogues in such a unique way.

Tim wrote a song and sang it at the Sunday masses last weekend. He then sent me a video clip of him singing  it but unfortunately I can’t upload it to the blog but do go to twitter to hear it. It is just amazing- what a talented volunteer!

Here are the words of the song.

My friends and fellow travelers upon the road to redemption

A minute of your time I pray to give this book a mention

Behold a catalogue so fine and gifts of love within,

So take one home or go online it’s so easy to begin.

From chirpy chickens to wonderful worms, or clean toilets to community water,

World gifts transform the lives of poor and many a son or daughter

So reach out to the world with a simple gift as we prepare at Advent time

A gift from the heart is good for the soul so take one home or go online!

Wow Tim many thanks for sharing your song and for all you do for CAFOD!


Super Salesian Young Leaders Inspire Fellow Students!

Young Leaders from Salesians

Young Leaders from Salesians

Many thanks to our amazing CAFOD Young Leaders at Salesian School in Farnborough for delivering assemblies about CAFOD to your fellow students and inspiring them to participate in your “Christmas Jumper” fundraiser.

Here is their report.

I am writing to inform you of the progress we’ve made towards the CAFOD fundraising and awareness campaign. We’ve had several meetings since the leadership day, in which we’ve made plans for several activities to promote CAFOD’s work around the world.

In our meetings, we made plans to play the refugee game in several of the younger year’s form times to illustrate the hardships of being a refugee due to natural disaster and conflict . We also started planning a trip for the year sevens to visit a local retirement home to sing carols to the residents.

CAFOD assembly

CAFOD assembly led by Young Leaders

We completed form assemblies to the year sevens to spread the word of CAFOD and the incredible work that they do.  Two of us went to each form and made a presentation about CAFOD. I have included photographs of us during the assemblies. It was really great to see how the classes responded to the great cause and we’re sure that it’ll promote the charity to them now that they have a thorough understanding of what it does. We also used the opportunity to begin the Christmas jumper appeal, in which we allow everyone to wear a jumper for a £1.50 donation to CAFOD.

CAFOD assembly

CAFOD assembly led by Young Leaders

We are also planning a year nine assembly next week to again highlight the charity to them and we’re going to show some of the video resources on the CAFOD website, hoping to fully illustrate what a difference their donations can make to the extreme difficulty of others.

Thank you so much for a brilliant start to the CAFOD Young Leadership programme and we look forward to seeing photos of the “Christmas Jumper” fundraiser !