Tim’s unique way of promoting World Gifts.

Tim Collins

Tim Collins

Thank you so much Tim Collins, our parish volunteer from St Michael & All Angels in Leigh Park for promoting the World Gift catalogues in such a unique way.

Tim wrote a song and sang it at the Sunday masses last weekend. He then sent me a video clip of him singing  it but unfortunately I can’t upload it to the blog but do go to twitter to hear it. It is just amazing- what a talented volunteer!

Here are the words of the song.

My friends and fellow travelers upon the road to redemption

A minute of your time I pray to give this book a mention

Behold a catalogue so fine and gifts of love within,

So take one home or go online it’s so easy to begin.

From chirpy chickens to wonderful worms, or clean toilets to community water,

World gifts transform the lives of poor and many a son or daughter

So reach out to the world with a simple gift as we prepare at Advent time

A gift from the heart is good for the soul so take one home or go online!

Wow Tim many thanks for sharing your song and for all you do for CAFOD!

 

Joy filled Mass of Thanksgiving for St Oscar Romero at Portsmouth Cathedral

Bishop Philip with Maureen Thompson & Jo Lewry

On Saturday 24th November I attended a joy filled mass to give thanks for the canonisation of St Oscar Romero. Many thanks to Mugeni Sumba a CAFOD Parish volunteer and teacher at Oakland’s College for organising the mass, and to all the children and young people who read so beautifully. Also thanks to CAFOD Parish volunteers who helped with the CAFOD display and the refreshments after mass.

CAFOD Parish Volunteers

CAFOD Parish Volunteers

Bishop Philip celebrated the mass and reminded us in the homily of St Oscar Romero’s love and care for the poor in El Salvador and how he spoke out against the injustices in his country.   Bishop Philip asked us to consider how we could live in solidarity with the poor, care for our common home and live more simply. 

Mugeni Sumba introducing Stephen Davies

Mugeni Sumba introducing Stephen Davies

After the mass Stephen Davies, who is the vice-chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust spoke passionately about the life of St Oscar Romero. He reminded us of Romero’s sermons which were broadcast on the radio. In these sermons Romero would mention all those who been killed in the violence or who were missing and beg the authorities to end the repression. St Oscar Romero spoke out for the poor and because of this he was killed on 24th March 1980 . He was made a saint on 14th October 2018.

” As a Christian I do not believe in death without resurrection. If I am killed I shall rise again in the Salvadoran People

With our prayer, our work and our solidarity and relying on our faith and hope, we will continue to seek a better world” —St Oscar Romero, homily for the Feast of Christ the King, 1979

Reflective Memorial Mass in the Beautiful Church Of Our Lady of Lourdes in Hungerford.

Book of Remembrance

Book of Remembrance

Thank you so much to Canon Peter for celebrating our CAFOD Portsmouth Mass of Remembrance for  volunteers and supporters who have passed away . The beautiful church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Hungerford was a lovely setting for mass on Sunday.  Many thanks to Anthony Fitzgerald our parish volunteer in Hungerford for organising the mass for us and to those who provided the delicious refreshments afterwards.

Book of Remembrance

Book of Remembrance

It was lovely to meet some of our supporters and volunteers from other parishes in the local area and thank you all so much for coming to the mass. I always find the Memorial mass such a moving occasion remembering all those CAFOD supporters and volunteers who have helped CAFOD reach out to the poorest and most vulnerable people in our world and are now enjoying the “heavenly banquet” with our Lord.

CAFOD Display

CAFOD Display

If you would like to host next year’s Memorial Mass in November 2019 in your parish then please let me know by calling 01252 329385 or email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk