Christine Allen CAFOD’s Director reflects on this year of challenges and joys in our online webinar on Thursday 25th November 7pm.

Hear from CAFOD Director Christine Allen and CAFOD trustees about CAFOD’s challenges, joys and achievements of the past year and about our hopes for the future.

With the participation also of Neil Thorns Head of Advocacy, Communication and Education, Maria Gonzalez Head of International programmes, Kayode Akintola Country Representative – Sierra Leone & Liberia.

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Thank you to Fr Paul and Ian for raising over £1000 for CAFOD.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Fr Paul and Ian from Sacred Heart Hook who took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 10th October and have raised the amazing amount of £1060 for CAFOD WOW! Fantastic!

Ian told me “I wanted to raise funds in support of CAFOD’s Climate Crisis Appeal. The example of Ivanilde’s community community in the Brazilian Amazon really brought home to me that the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world are also the ones who are being hit hardest by climate change. So when I was invited to join Fr Paul Leonard from my parish of Sacred Heart in Hook and take part in the Royal Park’s Half Marathon, it was time to start training!”

Thank you to everyone who supported them and donated to their just giving page.

Season of Creation mass at St Francis de Sales

Martha Vickers our parish volunteer at St Francis de Sales told me about the Season of Creation mass that they had on Sunday 3rd October.

” Fr Zbigniew incorporated the theme in to his homily and linked it with the Gospel as regards our being responsible stewards of the Earth. Our folk group provided the music with some lovely earth focused hymns. We did a small display in front of the Altar on the theme using a globe and reminders about reducing waste/recycling .

The children’s liturgy group which has just started again focused on caring for the earth and they drew a picture of our world which they shared with the congregation when they returned.

At the end of the mass I shared the Harvest family fast day story about how Ivanilde and her community are protecting and resorting the amazon rainforest in the area of Brazil where they live.

Many thanks to Martha and the Justice and Peace group for organising the mass .