Joy Filled Mass of Thanksgiving for Volunteers in the South East Region

Afternoon tea after the mass

Afternoon tea after the mass

Many thanks to all those who came to our annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Volunteers on Saturday 16th June at Our Lady Help of Christians Church Farnborough . It was lovely mass in which we thanked God for all our CAFOD volunteers in the South East region which includes Arundel and Brighton, Brentwood, East Anglia, Portsmouth, Southwark and Westminster dioceses.

Thank you so much to Fr Chris for hosting the mass and to Helen Priestley our parish volunteer at Our Lady Help of Christians for providing a fantastic afternoon tea afterwards. I would also like to thank Fr Marco who presided at the mass and who is the chaplain at the Salesian school in Chertsey and very involved in our CAFOD Youth Leadership programme at the school.

Tania talking about our work in Latin America

Tania talking about our work in Latin America

Tania Dalton, who is the communications officer for Latin America came and spoke very movingly about our work in Latin America. She told us how CAFOD supports the local radio which is a life line for people living in rural communities as it gives them information about weather, farming techniques and  supports them in their struggle for human rights.

She then spoke about an inspirational priest Fr Assis from Cape Verde, a Spiritan missionary priest,  who works in the favelas with the poor in Brazil.  The Spiritan fathers founded our partner MDF (Movement for the Defence of Favela Residents). We fund work carried out by MDF to lobby local authorities in Sao Paulo for decent living conditions in the favelas, such as sewerage, electricity, decent housing, title deeds.  It’s one of the partners that features in C2 Brazil. Fr Assis told Tania about his work

“For me, Church is people joining together for a common purpose. People coming together who want to make a change, who want to transform their neighbourhood. This is what Jesus Christ was doing. He didn’t build churches; he brought people together.”

“This is my vision of church: trembling, not indifferent, in the face of injustice.  This is what I believe in. We have to work for change in society. We don’t always manage it, but it means that we are friends of the poor and enemies of poverty.”

Many thanks to Tania for her inspirational talk.

Enjoying the afternoon tea

Enjoying the afternoon tea

Finally thank you to Martin Brown our CPC in Arundel and Brighton for organising the music for the mass and to Jane Crone CPC for East Anglia, Chris Driscoll CPC for Brentwood and Paul Whittle CPM for SE region for travelling such long distances to join us for the mass.

Enjoying the afternoon tea

Enjoying the afternoon tea

 

Happy New Year! Why not consider volunteering as your New Year resolution?

St Paul's with Linda

St Paul’s with Linda our school volunteer

We often make resolutions for the new-year, promises that will improve our lives and those of others. Why not make volunteering for CAFOD your resolution in 2018

Many of the biggest changes in the world have come from groups of people saying ‘I will’ together. Help us share God’s love by ending poverty. Help us reach everyone in poverty.

We need people in our local Churches raising awareness of poverty and our work to alleviate it. We need people to visit schools, or contact their MPs on issues of importance. We need people to pray for our work. Could you make this your number one resolution?

Could you take up one of these resolutions to change the world? Click on the links to find out more.

  1. Volunteer for CAFOD in the Portsmouth diocese – In parishes, schools or as media volunteer.
  2. Pray for the work of CAFOD and our world one day each week.
  3. Make a regular gift to support our work. You can even specifically support our work in emergencies or in your Parish’s Connect2 Community.
  4. Write (or change) your will this year. Could you consider leaving a gift to CAFOD? We have info on how to do this for free.
  5. Use our resources in church with Confirmation, Communion or Children’s Liturgy.
  6. Sign up to receive updates from our blog.
  7. Campaign with us – raise your voice about issues of injustice.
  8. Hold an event in your community to raise awareness or funds for CAFOD – Use your talents, passions and your imagination. Do what you enjoy, and do it for CAFOD. Our Family Fast Day is a perfect opportunity to do this.
  9. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
  10. Become an MP Correspondent – help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power

Please contact us on 01252 329385 or email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk for more information and let us try to make 2018 a happy year for everyone!

Holy Trinity Church support the “Power to Be” Campaign

Parishioners signing Power to Be cards

Parishioners signing Power to Be cards

Many thanks to Nadine West and the CAFOD supporters at Holy Trinity Church, Church Crookham for organising the Power to Be service and card signing at the church on Sunday 29th October.

Power to Be cards

Power to Be cards

Nadine told us that the service was very uplifting  and 38 cards were signed. The cards are asking Melanie Robinson who is the UK executive director at the World Bank to encourage the World Bank to spend more on renewable energy as it is the cheapest and most efficient way to bring power to the poorest communities. One in six people across the world still don’t have access to the energy they need to power their schools, homes and health centres. The Power to be campaign is going on until the end of the year so there is plenty of time to organise a card signing in your parish – order the cards here.

Power to Be service

Power to Be service