Sue Cooper being presented with a Papal Blessing for over 40 years of volunteering for CAFOD.

Sue with the Papal Blessing

A HUGE THANK YOU to Sue Cooper from Corpus Christi parish in Wokingham who has volunteered for CAFOD for over 40 years AMAZING!

Sue first volunteered for CAFOD, organising bread and cheese lunches on Fridays, when she was at university in Southampton – over 40 years ago This led to organising a sponsored walk and then later she volunteered at the CAFOD head office which was then in Stockwell. 

She then became very involved as a school’s volunteer not only visiting schools in Portsmouth Diocese including Jersey but also in Arundel and Brighton diocese.   Sue is an ardent campaigner and has supported many of the CAFOD campaigns over the years for example travelling to Edinburgh for the Make Poverty History march and working with other churches on the Trade Justice campaign. She recently attended the Parliament in your Parish meeting with Sir John Redwood MP for Wokingham to share her concerns about the climate crisis and debt cancellation. 

Sue with Cathy Hill and Ann Wylie CAFOD parish volunteers at Corpus Christi

Now her main involvement is supporting Cathy Hill, the CAFOD parish volunteer at Corpus Christi and also writing prayers and reflections for CAFOD.

Sue told me “I volunteer for CAFOD because it is about putting my faith into action – we are called to love God and our neighbour. All people are children of God, made in God’s image and likeness, and should have at the very least, the basic necessities to fulfil their potential as God’s works of art. I hope that I’m making a difference, but I don’t know for sure. However, inspired by my faith and in the face of such poverty and inequality in the world, I have to do something.”

Through her volunteering for CAFOD for over 40 years Sue has made a huge difference to those living in poverty overseas and on behalf of CAFOD and all those communities we work with I would like to thank her for commitment and dedication and her love for the poor.

Many thanks to Canon Simon parish priest at Corpus Christi Wokingham for presenting Sue Cooper with a Papal Blessing on behalf of CAFOD to celebrate and give thanks for her volunteering for CAFOD for over 40 years.

Corpus Christi Wokingham Share the Journey Walks

Starting the walk with prayer

Starting the walk with prayer

Thank you so much to Cathy Hill our parish volunteer at Corpus Christi Wokingham and the parishioners for getting involved in Share the Journey walks. Cathy organised a walk last Sunday.

Cathy told us “Forty-two parishioners (including 6 children) from Corpus Christi shared the Journey in the sunshine last Sunday starting inside church and pausing to hear more migrant stories as they walked around a nearby playing field. Many exchanged their own migrant journey memories and even refugee experiences and also those of people they knew from years passed. They reflected on how these differed from those happening around the world today. The distance travelled by the group was quite short at 25 miles but our conversations took us further. We finished the journey inside our parish rooms and enjoyed sharing refreshments.”

Walking

Walking

Also eight members of the parish Union of Catholic Mothers group walked a total of 10 miles in woodland one pleasant evening in May reflecting on the Share the Journey stories and prayers on their way. They finished off the evening with a pub meal!

UCM woodland walk

UCM woodland walk

One of the parishioners and a UCM member, Patty Prescott, with her sister walked part of the Camino from Sarria to Santiago de Compestela, 72 miles over 6 days, during May. They were able to share their journey comparing their chosen physical and spiritual one through the green and pleasant land of Galicia with those forced to flee their homes. “Although foot sore and tired each evening, we began each day with fresh vigour – related to this strong sense of journey that we both felt. We particularly gave thanks for our blessings, we had chosen this journey and not been forced to make it to save our lives.” Their journey’s end at Santiago cathedral was reached with amazement and some relief.

Patty walking the Camino

Patty walking the Camino

Many thanks to everyone who took part in a walk . Details of other Share the journey walks in the Portsmouth diocese are here or why not organise your own parish walk.

Pantomime Wows Parishioners in Wokingham

Corpus Christi Wokingham Parish Pantomime 2016I LOVE panto!  Who doesn’t?  And this one looks fantastic!   You may remember reading that Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Wokingham held a special Parish Pantomime back in February? Well, we’ve just heard that they raised a whopping £1,000 for our Refugee Crisis Appeal and they’ve sent us these fab photos! Thank you so much everyone!   Continue reading