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  

Countering Consumerism CAFOD retreat 3rd November

Please come to our CAFOD retreat on Countering Consumerism : Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate on Saturday 3rd November from 10am to 4pm at St Joseph’s Retreat Centre, 8 Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, Hampshire SO40 7DU

What does it mean to be holy? How can we find holiness given our busy modern lives?

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad) . He encourages us to open our eyes ,ears and hearts to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our horizons. So do join us and take some time out to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas

A simple lunch of soup and bread will be provided so do let us know of any allergies or food intolerance . The day is free but  donations are accepted . To book your place please click here

Thank You for holding a Soup Lunch on Harvest Fast day

Soup lunch at St Joseph Maidenhead.

Soup lunch at St Joseph Maidenhead.

Many thanks to all our parish volunteers who organised a soup lunch last Friday on Harvest family fast day at these churches :-

St Edmund Campion Bournemouth

Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne

Our Lady Queen of Peace Southbourne

Corpus Christi Wokingham

St Edward the Confessor Chandler’s Ford

St Thomas of Canterbury Cowes Isle of Wight

St Wilfrid’s Ventnor Isle of Wight

St Joseph’s Maidenhead

Patrick from St Joseph’s told me “About 30 parishioners attended the lunch and enjoyed a lovely get-together for a good old chat whilst enjoying their soup and roll. Father John Lee blessed the meal and thanked everyone for their attendance as well as endorsing the excellent work that CAFOD provides in support of communities that strive to support themselves.”

Donna from St Edmund Campion Church  told me “The soup lunch was supported by 40 people and raised £240 with the help of their local Tesco which donated, rolls, tea, coffee and biscuits towards the event.”

Clare from St Edward the Confessor told me that £102.40 was raised at their soup lunch.

 Holding a soup lunch is a great way to be in solidarity with those around the world who do not have enough to eat  or the choice of food that we have. Our family fast days enable us to reflect on how much we have and the choices we can make compared to our brothers and sisters living in poverty around the world.

Soup lunches can also be a great sociable and fun way to raise funds for CAFOD. So please consider holding one for Lent fast day Friday 15th march 2019!

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