Remembering our loved ones on All Souls Day

Candles

Candles

This November we are holding a special online Memorial Mass on All Souls Day to pray for our supporters and loved ones who have died.

For most of us, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years we’ve ever experienced, and the loss of our loved ones during these difficult times may have seemed unbearably hard.

At a time like this it’s important for us to remain a virtual community and stand together in prayer to remember those who are no longer with us. With all the restrictions still affecting our churches, we are hosting a special online Memorial Mass on All Souls Day.

View the Prayers on the theme of remembrance here

At Mass we will present a Book of Remembrance which includes names of supporters who have sadly passed away during the year.  We would be honoured to remember your loved ones in this way, so please don’t hesitate to add the names of your loved ones that you would like us to pray for.

View and add to the Book of Remembrance here

Book of Remembrance at the altar at St Michael & All Angels.

Book of Remembrance at the altar at St Michael & All Angels.

We hope you can join us in our LIVE Memorial Mass on Monday 2 November at 6pm. Mass will be celebrated by CAFOD’s Chair of Trustees, Bishop John Arnold, with music, readings and prayers from CAFOD staff and supporters.

Watch the LIVE streaming here.

If you’d like more information, please contact Roisin at remembrance@cafod.org.uk or call her on 020 7095 5348. 

Reflective and Moving Memorial Mass at St Edmund’s Church Southampton.

Fr Ansel with volunteers after the memorial mass

Fr Ansel with volunteers after the memorial mass

What a beautiful mass of remembrance and thanksgiving we had at St Edmund Church Southampton on Saturday 23rd November. Many thanks to Steve Deadman our Parish Volunteer Coordinator for the Southampton area for organising the Memorial Mass and to Fr Ansel for celebrating the mass for us. Fr Ansel gave a very inspiring homily on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and how CAFOD’s work is based on them.

One of the spiritual works of mercy is to pray for the dead and the annual memorial mass remembers all those CAFOD supporters and volunteers from the Portsmouth diocese who have died. We also remember all those who have a CAFOD candlelight fund in memory of a loved one and all those who have donated to CAFOD through their will.

Book of Remembrance

Book of Remembrance

At the offertory the CAFOD book of remembrance was taken up and the bidding prayers included those CAFOD volunteers from Portsmouth diocese who had died this year.

Book of Remembrance

Book of Remembrance

Many thanks to Gemma Nichols and the choir for the lovely hymns and to the St Edmund hospitality team for providing the refreshments including a delicious chocolate cake. Thank you to all those who came to the mass and made it such a special celebration.

Parish volunteers from St Joseph & St Edmund Church.

Parish volunteers from St Joseph & St Edmund Church.

 

Memorial Mass 23rd November at St Edmund’s Church Southampton

posterDuring November, the month of remembrance, we take time to pray for those who have died and give thanks for loved ones who have made a deep and lasting impression on our lives. Over the years, CAFOD has been blessed to work alongside the kindest and most committed friends any charity could hope for. The insight, faith and strength of our founders and early supporters still shape our values and way of working today. But one of the saddest aspects of growing older, as individuals and as an organisation, is that some of our closest friends have passed away in recent months and years. In our own diocese, we have lost a number of friends who have played an inspirational and important role in our work.

Friends like Rita Belletty who was our parish volunteer at St John Bosco Church in Woodley and an active campaigner , and Judith Brown who was our parish volunteer at St Joseph & St Edmund in Southampton.

So in celebration of our inspiring friends, and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD Portsmouth is holding its Memorial Mass at St Edmund Church,The Avenue, Southampton  on Saturday 23rd November at 11am.

All are welcome to join us, whether to remember fellow CAFOD supporters or members of your own family, friends and community who’ve passed away. At our Memorial Mass, you can take precious time to remember your loved ones, knowing that you’re among friends.

A Book of Remembrance will be presented and blessed by the celebrant at each Mass. If you would like to add a name to this list you would be very welcome; whether or not you can attend the service itself. Please go to a our website to add a name here or get in touch with our volunteer centre at portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or by calling 01252 329385 if you’d like to know more.

Refreshments will be provided after the service, so we hope you’ll be able to stay for a little while to speak with other local CAFOD supporters and staff. It would be wonderful to see you at such a special event.