16th May – Laudato Si’ Week to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ letter.

Laudato Si'Five years ago, Pope Francis realised his landmark encyclical, Laudato Si’ – and to mark this special anniversary, Catholics from around the world are uniting for Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May.

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Linda Jones, CAFOD’s Head of Theology, said:

“I can still remember how excited I was five years ago when I first read Laudato Si’. It was full of ideas and written in a style that was easy to understand. Pope Francis challenges us, then and now, to think differently about progress, and to renew our commitment to bring about positive change for our neighbours and for the earth – our common home.He reminds us of how interconnected we all are – and how important it is to become more attentive to our relationships with God, each other and the earth. What kind of world do we want to leave behind for our children, and for all future generations? This call to care for our common home was a great challenge: to change not only our minds but also our hearts – a true ecological conversion.’’

During this special week, CAFOD is holding a range of online events

Tuesday 19th May 11am Prayer and Chat.  An online meeting for volunteers from across the country to come together to mark the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.The session will include a Bible reading, time to reflect and share, and group prayer.

Wednesday 20th May 6pm live streamed  Mass with Bishop John Arnold

Thursday 21st May 11am  talk by Neil Thornes CAFOD’s Head of Advocacy on the impact of Laudato Si’ on his work.

Please register for these events by clicking on the highlighted text.

Please join our virtual prayer for the global community on the frontline of Coronavirus

prayerIn 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.

Sr Consilia

Sr Consilia

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.


Reflective Memorial Mass in the Beautiful Church Of Our Lady of Lourdes in Hungerford.

Book of Remembrance

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

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.

CAFOD Display

CAFOD Display

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 portsmouth@cafod.org.uk