Memorial Mass 18th November at Our Lady of Lourdes Hungerford

Memorial mass Poster

Memorial mass Poster

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.

So in celebration of our inspiring friends, and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD is holding its a Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Priory Road, Hungerford RG17 0AF  on Sunday 18th  November  at 9am.

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. If you would like to add a name to the book please contact Roisin at  

Countering Consumerism CAFOD retreat 3rd November

Please come to our CAFOD retreat on Countering Consumerism : Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate on Saturday 3rd November from 10am to 4pm at St Joseph’s Retreat Centre, 8 Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, Hampshire SO40 7DU

What does it mean to be holy? How can we find holiness given our busy modern lives?

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad) . He encourages us to open our eyes ,ears and hearts to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our horizons. So do join us and take some time out to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas

A simple lunch of soup and bread will be provided so do let us know of any allergies or food intolerance . The day is free but  donations are accepted . To book your place please click here

Year 6 pupils at St John the Baptist explore the Corporal works of Mercy

St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist

Hello to St John the Baptist primary school in Andover and many thanks for welcoming our school visitor Roger Coveney to your school last week . I hope that Year 6 enjoyed exploring the corporal works of mercy and how CAFOD’s work relates to them .

Corporal woks of mercy display

Corporal woks of mercy display

We are currently feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and providing clothes and shelter to the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.  Our Caritas aid workers have reached Palu, with aid – transporting 7 tons of rice, canned sardines, 500 boxes of drinking water, 250 packages of blankets, hygiene kits, water buckets, tarpaulins, mats and sarongs, and have begun distributions.  To help us provide this essential support please donate to our appeal here .