Sun Shines at Super Summer BBQ on Isle of Wight

Enjoying the sunshine at the Summer BBQ

Enjoying the sunshine at the Summer BBQ

Many thanks to Alistair Drain and his team of CAFOD volunteers for organising the annual Summer BBQ at St Saviour’s Church Totland Isle of Wight on Sunday 13th August. The sun shone, the BBQ sizzled and the crowds were entertained by The Bay Wailers, and an amazing £575 was raised for the refugee crisis.

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A HUGE thank you to all those who helped on the day by setting up the marques, doing the cooking, baking cakes, donating raffle prizes and volunteering.  Also thanks to those who supported the event and donated money to help CAFOD refugee crisis appeal which cares for people who have been forced from their homes due to war and violence.

Many thanks to St Saviour’s church for the use of their grounds and to The Bay Wailers for the entertainment.

Farewell and Good Luck to Lynda

Lynda's Farewell Lunch

Lynda’s Farewell Lunch

Many thanks to all those who joined us last Friday to say farewell and good luck to Lynda Mussell as she leaves CAFOD for pastures new in Australia. It  was lovely that so many volunteers were able to come to the lunch to thank Lynda for her 11 years at CAFOD Portsmouth. Also thanks to those who have sent cards and messages to Lynda thanking her for her supportive and inspirational leadership of CAFOD in the Portsmouth diocese. Here are a few of therm….

“It has been great working with you. Your enthusiasm for the principles of CAFOD in helping and supporting the disadvantaged is admirable.” Roger

” You have been such an inspiration…” Malcolm.

“We will miss your enthusiasm and bubbly personality”.. Mary

” Thanks for all your encouragement, energy and direction.. wishing you all the best for your adventure down under..” Matt

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I will especially miss her enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and her fantastic sense of humour which made the office in Aldershot a great place to work!  I would like to  thank her for all her support and her help (training me up in excel and the CAFOD database) over the last two years . It has been a real pleasure and a privilege to work with her and she will be greatly missed.

Lynda's Farewell Lunch

Lynda’s Farewell Lunch

So good luck and bon voyage Lynda and keep in touch. Jo

Today is the birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Today we celebrate the birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero who was born 100 years ago. He was archbishop of El Salvador and a guiding light to the poor communities until his murder in 1980.

In Portsmouth diocese there is a Walking Pilgrimage on 9th September to celebrate his life so please join us if possible.

Walking Pilgrimage from Havant to Portsmouth

Walking Pilgrimage from Havant to Portsmouth

If you are unable to join the walk here is the liturgy that will be used so that you can join in prayer.