Lent Fast Day Soup Lunches – Thank You So Much!

Soup lunch at Our Lady Immaculate Westbour

Soup lunch at Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne

Many thanks to all those parish volunteers who organised a soup lunch or supper on Friday 6th March Lent fast day. We really appreciate all you do to raise funds for CAFOD and to enable your fellow parishioners to put their faith into action and show their love and concern for those living in poverty around the world.

As Jesus said “In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” (Mt. 25: 40)

Thank you to Susan Kelly our parish volunteer at Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne for sending us the photo of their soup lunch.

CAFOD Portsmouth Update on changes due to COVID 19

Meeting at St Bedes

Meeting at St Bedes

Thank you for your patience while we take on board the changing situation with COVID-19 and the incredibly important role you play in support of our development and humanitarian work. Thanks to your compassion, we can reach some of the poorest and marginalised communities around the world.

Following the government’s advice, we have taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face events and meetings and have closed all regional offices until at least June.

Please do keep in contact by email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or my mobile phone number 07710 094447 It would be great to hear from you and keep our CAFOD Portsmouth team connected!

Meeting at St Annes

Meeting at St Annes

Online worship     With the Coronavirus pandemic causing Masses to be cancelled, there are now lots of parishes and cathedrals offering virtual worship.  You can find out more information about local live-streamed from parish websites. We are also offering a live streamed mass on Wednesday evenings at 6pm please click here to register.

We’ve also created a ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ session which will take place every Sunday to help families to worship in their own homes.   ‘My granddaughter Leila and I joined in on Sunday, it was really lovely to be joining so many families in prayer!’ (Leila’s Grandmother.)

Online resources  If you’re looking for community, we have a CAFOD community group on Facebook. Please do join and invite others to do the same.

If you’re a parent, we have a large range of online education resources tailored specifically for primary and secondary ages, alongside worship and prayer content.

If you’re looking to learn more about CAFOD’s international work, we have online webinars and opportunities to ” meet ” the directors so do join us .

soup lunch

soup lunch

Feel-good stories If you are a CAFOD volunteer and hear of a great story in your local parish for example virtual soup lunches! Please let us know so we can share it on our social media channels and website.It would be great if you would be able to email over a few sentences about what happened, along with a photo.

I look forward to hearing from you. Jo Lewry  CPC  CAFOD Portsmouth


Sale of gifts raises over £360 at St Bede’s Basingstoke

Sale of gifts

Sale of gifts

What a fantastic idea to have a a sale of unwanted gifts in aid of CAFOD’s Lent fast day appeal. A great way to recycle as well as raising money! Over £360 was raised which is just amazing!  So many thanks to Barbara and Joy at St Bede’s Church Basingstoke for organising the sale and to all those who donated gifts and brought a bargain!

We have a lot of great fundraising ideas on our website here so why not be inspired and try a new way to raise money for CAFOD.