Inspiring talk from Kayode our Country Representative for Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Online Harvest meeting 12th September

Online Harvest meeting 12th September

Wow it was great to see so many parish volunteers from Arundel & Brighton and Portsmouth Dioceses on Saturday 12th September for our first joint Harvest fast day online meeting. We were very privileged to have Kayode Akintola, our country Representative for Sierra Leone and Liberia joining us at the meeting.

Training faith leaders in Sierra Leone

Kayode Training faith leaders in Sierra Leone

The advantage of an online meeting was that Kayode could speak to us from his home in Freetown Sierra Leone. He told us how coronavirus was having a devastating impact on communities. Because of lock down farmers had been unable to go to their fields to sow seeds and those who relied on casual work for money to buy food were not earning any money so many families did not have food to eat. Also many rural communities do not have a near by access to clean water so hand washing is very difficult.

Access to water

Kayode thanked CAFOD volunteers and supporters for their help and support for the coronavirus appeal  Your donations have provided emergency food packages, hand washing and hygiene equipment, and PPE for health clinics and maternity units . However Kayode told us that the long term need for food supplies and access to clean water would mean that communities will need support for many months to come. He appealed for 3 things

  • To pray for the communities and the partners that CAFOD work with for example the Handmaid Sisters who run a clinic and maternity unit.
  • To donate to the Harvest Family fast day appeal
  • To ask the UK government to cancel the debt of the Sierra Leone and Liberia so that this money can be spent on combating coronavirus and health care.

    Sr Gertrude form the Handmaid sisters in PPE

    Sr Gertrude form the Handmaid sisters in PPE

Many thanks to everyone who came to the meeting .I hope that you found it as inspiring as I did.

We have a SE region Harvest fast day online meeting on Saturday 19th September from 10:30 am to 12 noon .You can book your place on eventbrite here 

 

Join us to find out about Harvest Family Fast Day Friday 9th October

Handing out hygiene kits

Handing out hygiene kits

Do join us for an online zoom Harvest fast day meeting on Saturday 12th September from 3pm to 4:30pm. At this meeting Kayode Akintola, who is CAFOD’s programme officer for Sierra Leone will talk about the impact of coronavirus in the communities that he works with and how CAFOD has been supporting them. He will also explore the long-term needs of these impoverished communities. We will also look at the resources for harvest fast day and discuss the creative ways that parishes can fundraise during this pandemic.

Training faith leaders in Sierra Leone

Kayode Training faith leaders in Sierra Leone

To register for this meeting please email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk

There will also be a SE regional meeting for all dioceses in the South East including Arundel & Brighton, Brentwood, East Anglia, Portsmouth, Southwark and Westminster. This will be on zoom from 10:30 to 12 noon on Saturday 19th September.  At this meeting Maria Gonzalez, CAFOD’s head of International Development will talk about her role and give an update on how the money donated to the Coronavirus appeal is making a difference to communities overseas.

Please book through eventbrite for this meeting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafod-south-east-regional-harvest-fast-day-2020-planning-meeting-tickets-115336003090

 

Maria Gonzalez

Maria Gonzalez

 

 

Hugh our Step into the Gap Volunteer suggests ways to “Brighten Up” this Harvest.

Hugh Cafferky

Hugh Cafferky

Harvest is a time of change, a time to grow and develop as we begin a new season and a new chapter once again. So how can you grow and develop this Harvest? By supporting and getting involved in CAFOD’s ‘Brighten up.’ You have a chance to support our global brothers and sisters and to help brighten up the world, to get involved this Harvest Fast day which is at the heart of CAFOD’s work.

For me, harvest is a time to reflect on our global neighbours, how they brighten us up, it is the perfect opportunity to put our faith into action. as the new season begins, we can brighten up, we have the power to change the world and make it a brighter place for everyone.

It is very fitting that this Family Fast Day falls upon the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St Francis of Assisi showed great love, passion and care for creation and the world. This reminds us that this Fast Day we need to show that same love, passion and care as St Francis of Assisi did to the world and to our global communities. Use St Francis as your inspiration this Harvest Fast day and live out your faith by your actions and words…supporting and fundraising for CAFOD .

Eduardo Galeano said, ‘Many little people, in many little places, doing little things, can change the world.’

English Martyrs Brighten Up!

English Martyrs Brighten Up!

As new retreats begin at St. Cassian’s, Kintbury, I am constantly reminded at the impact and the power that young people have to make a difference and how they can brighten up the world today, there is so much that we can do together as communities to achieve great things that are possible, to help so many communities across our planet.

Together we can brighten, inspire and put our faith into action, so we can brighten up others. We are one global community made up of many communities, there is so much we can do together in our schools, create awareness with a non – uniform day and donate spare change to CAFOD and in our parishes, you can speak at mass and have a second collection.

It is your chance to brighten up and there are so many fantastic resources for everyone on the CAFOD website to aid you in your fundraising and awareness of the appeal. So, what are you waiting for… contact your local CAFOD office, donate online and be creative in your parishes and schools!