Great to see so many parish volunteers at meetings in Brockenhurst and Waterlooville.

Meeting at St Annes

Meeting at St Annes

What a fantastic meeting we had at St Anne’s Church Brockenhurst on Saturday 8th February. Sarah Burrows CAFOD’s emergency programmer officer came to speak about  our work in Syria and Lebanon.She told us that more than 11.5 million people have been forced from their homes (6.2m internally displaced people, 5.3m registered refugees in neighbouring countries) because of the conflict. CAFOD is supporting the refugees by providing relief items (emergency aid such as food, clean water, medicine, blankets, mattresses, hygiene kits) and also supporting local experts to provide education and counselling for the children.

Many  thanks to Michael and Andrea Janssens for organising the meeting and providing delicious home made biscuits and flapjacks, and to St Anne’s for hosting.

Volunteers and supporters

Volunteers and supporters

Our third CAFOD update meeting was held at Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Peter the Apostle Church in Waterloovile  on Monday 10th February. Despite the wet and windy weather we had a good turn out and we explored the Lent fast day materials and heard about CAFOD’s work with local experts . Sr Concilia is a pharmacist in Gokwe Zimbabwe and she  works tirelessly to save the lives of people who live a long way from a hospital . People come to her with malaria, typhoid, cholera and other illnesses and she helps to treat them by giving them medication, advice and checking on their health .

Many thanks to Tony Quinn for organising the meeting and to Sacred Heart for hosting.

There are 2 more meetings coming up Saturday 15th Feb at St Bede’s Basingstoke from 10:15am to 12:15pm and Saturday 22nd Feb at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes from 11am to 1pm . Do come and join us!

Students from Oaklands Catholic School reflect on plight of refugees.

Year 7 "On the move" workshop .

Year 7 “On the move” workshop .

Many thanks to our CAFOD School visitor Alison Humphreys for leading the “On the move” workshops for Year 7  students at Oaklands Catholic School Waterlooville last term.  This workshop encourages the students to reflect on the plight of refugees and links very well to the Share the Journey campaign recently launched by Pope Francis.

Alison told us”  We focused particularly on the plight of the Syrian refugees.  The students were very engaged and showed remarkable insight and understanding.  They wrote messages to the refugees which were extremely thoughtful and, in some cases, very moving.  Some wrote of the importance of hope and that, as a community, they were praying for them as well as doing their bit to raise awareness of the refugee crisis with others.”

"On the move " workshop

“On the move ” workshop


Congratulations to our Young Leaders!

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Congratulations to all our young leaders who have now completed our Young Leadership programme this year.  Year 12 students from across the diocese travelled to CAFOD Head Office in London for their last session, to explore our campaigns work and celebrate everything they’ve achieved.  Thank you so much to all the students from our diocese including St Joseph’s College in Reading, Farnborough Hill, Oaklands in Waterlooville, St Anne’s in Southampton, Salesians College in Farnborough and Christ the King College on the Isle of Wight.   Continue reading