In the face of lockdown, communities have been pulling together to adapt and connect in new ways. We’ve been amazed at how you, our supporters, have come together – whether it be through the facebook community or at the Sunday Children’s Liturgy – and we have lots of virtual ways to keep you updated and connected to our global communities.
Places of worship were among some of the many places forced to close as part of the fight in tackling the spread of COVID-19 but thanks to live-steaming technology, the Catholic community can still ‘congregate’ during the lockdown.
We’ve decided to hold our first ever live-steamed mass today Wednesday 1st April – and we would love for you to join us.The mass, which will be celebrated by Fr Liam Hayes at 6pm, and you can register online beforehand.
Our Theology team have published prayers on our website for all those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
We are also holding an online prayer and reflection session, followed by a virtual coffee morning. Beginning at 11 am, we will be welcoming supporters from across the country to join us in prayer and there will be time to break out and discuss afterwards.
Please join us on Tuesday 7 April, 11 am-12 pm – and remember your brew! Sign up here: Prayer and chat
We would really like to stay connected and reach out to all those in our diocese. Do let us know if you’ve heard of any heart-warming stories from your parish that we could share on our blog, or if you have any ideas about how to bring our community together.
Book of Remembrance
Thank you so much to Canon Peter for celebrating our CAFOD Portsmouth Mass of Remembrance for volunteers and supporters who have passed away . The beautiful church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Hungerford was a lovely setting for mass on Sunday. Many thanks to Anthony Fitzgerald our parish volunteer in Hungerford for organising the mass for us and to those who provided the delicious refreshments afterwards.
Book of Remembrance
It was lovely to meet some of our supporters and volunteers from other parishes in the local area and thank you all so much for coming to the mass. I always find the Memorial mass such a moving occasion remembering all those CAFOD supporters and volunteers who have helped CAFOD reach out to the poorest and most vulnerable people in our world and are now enjoying the “heavenly banquet” with our Lord.
If you would like to host next year’s Memorial Mass in November 2019 in your parish then please let me know by calling 01252 329385 or email email@example.com
CAFOD Retreat at St Joseph’s Ashurst.
Many thanks to Dan Hale ( head of CAFOD Campaigns ) for leading the retreat on Countering Consumerism on Saturday. It was an excellent day focusing on the Pope’s new letter Gaudete Et Exsultate ( Rejoice and Be Glad ), and his call to holiness. We started the morning with a reflection on The Beatitudes which led into an ice breaker where we split up into groups and introduced ourselves and shared which beatitude spoke most to us . We created a “web” using wool showing how we are all related to each other . After that there was time for individual reflection either in the beautiful chapel at St Joseph’s retreat centre or around the lovely grounds among the stunning autumn trees.
After a delicious lunch of soup and sandwiches we then followed the Jesuit tradition of an examination of conscience and focused on an ecological examne looking at 4 areas:- clothes, food, travel and electronics and how our choices impact on the world and each other. This exercise led to very interesting discussions and left us all with lots to think about. We ended the day with a closing liturgy exploring the webs that we had created in the morning . I hope that all those who came to the day found it as inspiring and challenging as I did!
Many thanks to St Joseph Retreat Centre in Ashurst for hosting the day and thank you so much to all those who joined us for sharing your ideas and experiences.
If you would like to come to one of these retreats there is another one on 24th November at Romero House London from 10am to 4pm just book your place here