Memorial Mass 18th November at Our Lady of Lourdes Hungerford

Memorial mass Poster

Memorial mass Poster

During 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.

So in celebration of our inspiring friends, and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD is holding its a Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Priory Road, Hungerford RG17 0AF  on Sunday 18th  November  at 9am.

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. If you would like to add a name to the book please contact Roisin at leagcy@cafod.org.uk  

Year 6 pupils at St John the Baptist explore the Corporal works of Mercy

St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist

Hello to St John the Baptist primary school in Andover and many thanks for welcoming our school visitor Roger Coveney to your school last week . I hope that Year 6 enjoyed exploring the corporal works of mercy and how CAFOD’s work relates to them .

Corporal woks of mercy display

Corporal woks of mercy display

We are currently feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and providing clothes and shelter to the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.  Our Caritas aid workers have reached Palu, with aid – transporting 7 tons of rice, canned sardines, 500 boxes of drinking water, 250 packages of blankets, hygiene kits, water buckets, tarpaulins, mats and sarongs, and have begun distributions.  To help us provide this essential support please donate to our appeal here .

Thank You for holding a Soup Lunch on Harvest Fast day

Soup lunch at St Joseph Maidenhead.

Soup lunch at St Joseph Maidenhead.

Many thanks to all our parish volunteers who organised a soup lunch last Friday on Harvest family fast day at these churches :-

St Edmund Campion Bournemouth

Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne

Our Lady Queen of Peace Southbourne

Corpus Christi Wokingham

St Edward the Confessor Chandler’s Ford

St Thomas of Canterbury Cowes Isle of Wight

St Wilfrid’s Ventnor Isle of Wight

St Joseph’s Maidenhead

Patrick from St Joseph’s told me “About 30 parishioners attended the lunch and enjoyed a lovely get-together for a good old chat whilst enjoying their soup and roll. Father John Lee blessed the meal and thanked everyone for their attendance as well as endorsing the excellent work that CAFOD provides in support of communities that strive to support themselves.”

Donna from St Edmund Campion Church  told me “The soup lunch was supported by 40 people and raised £240 with the help of their local Tesco which donated, rolls, tea, coffee and biscuits towards the event.”

Clare from St Edward the Confessor told me that £102.40 was raised at their soup lunch.

 Holding a soup lunch is a great way to be in solidarity with those around the world who do not have enough to eat  or the choice of food that we have. Our family fast days enable us to reflect on how much we have and the choices we can make compared to our brothers and sisters living in poverty around the world.

Soup lunches can also be a great sociable and fun way to raise funds for CAFOD. So please consider holding one for Lent fast day Friday 15th march 2019!

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