Happy New Year! Why not consider volunteering for CAFOD as your New Year’s resolution for 2019

Parish Volunteers

Parish Volunteers at Harvest meeting.

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 2019!

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 to make sure that no one is beyond reach!

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?

We would love to have CAFOD parish volunteers at Holy Family Church Southampton, St Thomas More Iford, Sacred Heart Church Bordon, St Gregory’s’ Alresford, St Thomas More Stockbridge, Corpus Christi & St Joseph and Our Lady of Lourdes & St Swithun in Portsmouth.

We need school volunteers to visit primary schools in Bournemouth, Guernsey, and Portsmouth  areas to deliver assemblies and workshops.

It would be great to have more campaign volunteers to help us promote our new climate campaign Our Common Home and to encourage people to livesimply.  Or you could become an MP Correspondent and write to your MP about campaign issues 3 times a year.

However you choose to volunteer for CAFOD many thanks for your support and for making a difference to those living in poverty in our world.

Please contact us on 01252 329385 or email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk for more information.

Maureen’s reflection on COP24 the UN Summit on Climate Change

Setting off

Setting off

Maureen Thompson, our parish volunteer at SS Thomas of Canterbury & Thomas More, Emsworth travelled to Poland with other CAFOD volunteers and supporters to voice their concerns about Climate Change. Maureen will be speaking about her trip to Poland and CAFOD’s Climate Change Campaign at the Lent fast day meeting on Thursday 21st February at St Margaret Mary Church Park Gate SO31 7GH from 7:15pm to 9pm.

Here is  Maureen’s reflection on the trip.

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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