Christian Choices in Our Common Home Saturday 3rd March.

Christian Choices Poster

Christian Choices Poster

You are invited to Social Justice Assembly on Saturday 3rd March at St Bede’s Church hall Basingstoke from 10am to 3pm organised by Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility group in Portsmouth diocese. I will have a CAFOD stall there full of Share the Journey resources so hope to see you there too!.

Maureen Thompson told me about the day.

“Please come and gather together with Bishop Philip this lent to pray, deepen understanding and share ideas about everyday ways we can respond to the call to live out the commandments, to recognise our need to create a fairer world, where people have opportunity to live in dignity, those in need get help and we care for creation.
Please come along to this day in Basingstoke, we recognise that giving a Saturday up is not always easy, but it will be helpful to all meet together to encourage and share. We are working to make the day informative and it will be an opportunity to hear what is going on and where you feel you need assistance.

To book a place email Maureen  or call 01243 377411

Timetable for the Day

10-10.30 Welcome and coffee.

Then opening with prayer and reflections from Bishop Philip who will introduce our two key speakers Ellen Teague a catholic journalist who writes and campaigns on Justice, Peace and Ecology issues will be our first speaker sharing with us some practical examples of choices individuals and parishes might make. She is a member of the JPIC team of the Columban Missionary Society in Britain and edits their newsletter, Vocation for Justice. She is also a member of the National Justice and Peace Network Environment Working Group who offer information and encouragement to dioceses to develop environmental policies and speaks regularly across the country.

How Fairtrade is working
Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation will also join us updating us on how the Fairtrade movement is progressing and some of the challenges faced by small producers and workers across the world. Tim’s job involves him in monitoring impact, policy analysis and building government relationships for the Foundation. He previously worked for CAFOD and Progressio so plenty of chance to answer any questions.

Sharing and Action

After our key speakers we will have a practical session to discuss and share ideas followed by a lunch break where we hope people will take the opportunity to chat and look at information stalls from other justice and peace campaigners. After lunch we will invite some groups to give short presentations to update us on things going on in the diocese finishing by 3pm with evaluations and final blessing.
Please bring you own packed lunch tea and coffee provided. ”


“Marathon” Jane is Running to Support Refugees and Share Their Journey

Jane Carr

Jane Carr

Jane Carr, who is  a member of staff at St Paul’s RC Primary school in Portsmouth is taking on her 7th Marathon in aid of CAFOD .

She told us “On Sunday 25th of February I’ll be running the Malta marathon to represent Portsmouth Joggers and to support the aid agency CAFOD. I was inspired to run for this charity to show solidarity with refugees. I read about the CAFOD Share the Journey global campaign and wanted to help children who have had to flee their homes. Half of the worlds refugees are children and thousands take flight without the protection of parents or other family members. I work with young children and can’t imagine how scared and frightened they must be. I’m aiming to contribute to the 24,900 miles ( the distance around the world) by running 26 miles in support of the campaign. It’s an act of solidarity to share the journey with children who are fleeing their homes on a daily basis. Every step I take, together with others across the country will send out an important message to world leaders.” 

Many thanks to Jane for taking on this challenge and you can support her by donating to her just giving page.

You can also sign our petition to the Prime Minister to urge Britain to play a leading role in the talks on Refugees and Migrants at the UN in September.

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 for more information and let us try to make 2018 a happy year for everyone!