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 leagcy@cafod.org.uk  

Southampton parishioners brave the heat to walk in the shoes of refugees.

Braving the summer heat  CAFOD supporters from parishes in Southampton took part in a  share the Journey   walk on the Sunday of 8th July around Southampton Common. They walked 1.5 miles so a total of 18 miles will be added to the online totaliser.  During the walk they read different stories about the experiences of refugees  for example the story of Mohammed aged 6 “I was born in Damascus. I remember when we were in Damascus the army entered our home and we had to leave. I didn’t bring any toys with me. We didn’t bring anything with us. We came here quickly by car.I love Lebanon. Here I study, but in Syria there are no schools. My favourite subject is English. We want to stay here”

Mohammed

Mohammed

Many thanks to all those who took part in the walk and to Steve Deadman for organising it . We encourage others to join in a walk as we share Pope Francis’ campaign to stand up for the rights of the people on the move. The next Share the Journey walk is on 22nd July around Prospect Park in Reading starting at English Martyrs’ Church RG30 2EB at 2:30pm.  So please do go along and show your concern for refugees.

Here is a message about the campaign from Bishop O’Toole.

 

St George’s College Southampton Share the Journey

St George's College Southampton

St George’s College Southampton

On Thursday 5th July students from year 7, 8,and 9 at St George’s College in Southampton took part in a Share the Journey walk around the school playing fields.  There were 4 stations in the playing fields that each group of students walked to and where they could rest in the shade and hear about the plight of refugees.

One station focused on refugees stories and the students heard about David from South Sudan who had to flee his village because of the violence which left many of his friends  dead.  He fled to Uganda and is now in Bidi Bidi Refugee camp where he is training people in agriculture. Another station focused on the Lampedusa cross which was made out of the wood of boats carrying refugees across the Mediterranean . An Italian carpenter called Francisco makes the crosses out of the wreckage of these refugee boats to highlight the plight of refugees and to give them hope.

St George's College

St George’s College

Ruth Cunio, Chaplain at St George’s Catholic College, said: “The response from the students was really positive.  We all picked up a stone at the first station as a symbol of everything refugees, migrants and people on the move must carry with them. So many students said they would keep their stone to remind them of the journeys refugees must face. The experience even gave one student, who was himself a refugee and had travelled a long way, the platform to share his experience and be supported by his fellow classmates.”

Many thanks to the students and staff for supporting the Share the Journey campaign  and walking an amazing 400 miles!!

Online totaliser

Online totaliser