Tim’s unique way of promoting World Gifts.

Tim Collins

Tim Collins

Thank you so much Tim Collins, our parish volunteer from St Michael & All Angels in Leigh Park for promoting the World Gift catalogues in such a unique way.

Tim wrote a song and sang it at the Sunday masses last weekend. He then sent me a video clip of him singing  it but unfortunately I can’t upload it to the blog but do go to twitter to hear it. It is just amazing- what a talented volunteer!

Here are the words of the song.

My friends and fellow travelers upon the road to redemption

A minute of your time I pray to give this book a mention

Behold a catalogue so fine and gifts of love within,

So take one home or go online it’s so easy to begin.

From chirpy chickens to wonderful worms, or clean toilets to community water,

World gifts transform the lives of poor and many a son or daughter

So reach out to the world with a simple gift as we prepare at Advent time

A gift from the heart is good for the soul so take one home or go online!

Wow Tim many thanks for sharing your song and for all you do for CAFOD!


Adelante Gallery -An artful showcase of unofficial saints.

Hugh with the Adelante Gallery

Hugh with the Adelante Gallery

Hugh Gibbons from Bracknell has created the amazing Adelante Gallery. It is a square free standing, hollow, wooden column packed with graphics and quotes on panels steadied by magnets. The cross piece is made of balsa wood, carrying a vintage sickle and WW2 canon shell.

The gallery is a sort of vertical commonplace book – items and ideas gathered together to:

  • Chime with the canonisation of Oscar Romero as an official saint of the Catholic Church on 14 October 2018
  • Show why he’s respected and valued far and wide
  • Act as a springboard to appreciate a wide range of Unofficial Saints around the world: other inspirers, encouragers and wave-makers in a variety of settings
  • Share stories of social justice and common humanity
  • Be suitable to visit and be put to use by schools, churches and other communities with suitable settings
  • Amuse the eye, mind and soul

The gallery can be used in parishes and schools and easily transported as it comes to pieces and is on wheel. For  more information on the gallery click here

Joy filled Mass of Thanksgiving for St Oscar Romero at Portsmouth Cathedral

Bishop Philip with Maureen Thompson & Jo Lewry

On Saturday 24th November I attended a joy filled mass to give thanks for the canonisation of St Oscar Romero. Many thanks to Mugeni Sumba a CAFOD Parish volunteer and teacher at Oakland’s College for organising the mass, and to all the children and young people who read so beautifully. Also thanks to CAFOD Parish volunteers who helped with the CAFOD display and the refreshments after mass.

CAFOD Parish Volunteers

CAFOD Parish Volunteers

Bishop Philip celebrated the mass and reminded us in the homily of St Oscar Romero’s love and care for the poor in El Salvador and how he spoke out against the injustices in his country.   Bishop Philip asked us to consider how we could live in solidarity with the poor, care for our common home and live more simply. 

Mugeni Sumba introducing Stephen Davies

Mugeni Sumba introducing Stephen Davies

After the mass Stephen Davies, who is the vice-chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust spoke passionately about the life of St Oscar Romero. He reminded us of Romero’s sermons which were broadcast on the radio. In these sermons Romero would mention all those who been killed in the violence or who were missing and beg the authorities to end the repression. St Oscar Romero spoke out for the poor and because of this he was killed on 24th March 1980 . He was made a saint on 14th October 2018.

” As a Christian I do not believe in death without resurrection. If I am killed I shall rise again in the Salvadoran People

With our prayer, our work and our solidarity and relying on our faith and hope, we will continue to seek a better world” —St Oscar Romero, homily for the Feast of Christ the King, 1979