Come along with us on our ‘Journey to the Manger’ …

Do you remember back in July, when over one thousand of you from as far as Australia, ‘walked’ with us on our virtual pilgrimage to Holy Island? 

The virtual pilgrimage was one of the most humbling moments from our year at CAFOD here in the North East. We felt strength and solidarity knowing there were so many of you alongside us in prayer and reflection each day.  

We would love for you to join us on another journey: our Journey to the Manger. 

From 29 November, join us live every Sunday for some simple and peaceful prayer and reflection as we share our Advent journey together. We will gather around a candle and be gently led in a time of prayer.  

Invite your friends, family, housemates, colleagues! Everyone is welcome to join for a moment of calm at an increasingly busy time of year. 

No need for a computer camera or microphone or worrying about what to say. Just register through the link below then come back to this link every Sunday of Advent and on Epiphany (Wednesday 6th January).  

The prayer will start at 6pm and run for less than half an hour. Do invite a friend or two, it’s nice to share the journey with others. 

Register now to journey with us here: https://www.bigmarker.com/series/advent/series_summit  

Behind the scenes: ‘Crafting JOY with CAFOD’ Episode 1

How exciting!

We launched Episode 1 of a monthly crafting show called ‘Crafting JOY with CAFOD’

It was a mix of excitement and nerves as we set up cameras (hooked on to a kid’s deckchair) and dampened harsh lighting with grease proof paper.

Maggie’s kitchen table, two cameras and crafting kit

Maggie, a volunteer on the Children’s Liturgy LIVE team and our local CAFOD worker for the Diocese of Leeds, Bronagh, joined on Sunday evening to bring a little bit of crafting joy to our Facebook screens

A light prayer, campaigns and crafting mix, along with some parenting chatter, Bronagh and Maggie aim to reach all those crafters who would like to get involved with CAFOD campaigns and parish volunteering.

Click here to share some of your free time as a volunteer to help CAFOD in the Diocese of Leeds

We were delighted to hear how many people viewed the first episode

The first episode can be watched here using this link Episode 1 ‘Crafting JOY with CAFOD’, you will see how to make a floating, opening prayer flower. There will also be information on the current festive CFOD campaign ‘Messages to the Brave’ and Bronagh was set a challenge to get her pyrography skills at the ready for some wood burning craft.

Maggie in action, we used two different camera angles to film the craft in action

Join episode 2 of ‘Crafting JOY with CAFOD’ on Sunday 6th December on the CAFOD in Leeds Facebook page

Have you been inspired to get crafting with CAFOD? Get in touch with our local CAFOD worker Bronagh leeds@cafod.org.uk

Maybe you would like to share a crafting project of your own, make sure you tag us in @CAFODLeeds on Facebook and Twitter.

5 Minutes with…Bronagh Daly

Words by Tamala Ceasar

We caught up with Bronagh Daly, Community Participation Coordinator in the North East team, to find out what Children’s Liturgy is all about, what it was like producing LIVE broadcasts throughout the pandemic and how you and your family can get involved!

What is the best thing about your role?

Meeting lots of interesting people from across Yorkshire who care passionately about social justice, they are all so inspiring and make me want to share their stories with others.

What is Children’s Liturgy Live?

A LIVE broadcast lasting 25 minutes, with short gospel stories, songs, social justice, and craft activities to help families feel connected at a time of social distancing, and also to remind us that we are part of a global family.

Bronagh Daly; local CAFOD worker for the Diocese of Leeds

How did you get involved in Children’s Liturgy?

I am a liturgist in my local parish, and I suggested to our parish team that maybe we could do a live session for the local families in lockdown. My manager Martin asked if I would like to join him and another colleague at CAFOD in the planning of the very first Children’s Liturgy LIVE (and explore the idea of the three of us, as trained liturgists in our own parishes, hosting a LIVE session for families). We could not believe that over 500 families logged on for the first session. What we thought we’d do for a few weeks turned into months.

We asked the families who were watching if they would like to have some training to become presenters and we now have 10 families all trained and, on a rota, and would love more families to get involved. We have even had special guests from as far away as Sierra Leone!

How did you find running Children’s Liturgy throughout lockdown?

It has been a real eye opener to see  how many families across England and Wales love CAFOD and are really up for trying loads of new activities including posting artwork, crafting, fundraising and writing prayers LIVE on Sunday mornings. My children have loved getting involved as presenters, and their friends love joining in online too. It is a real family feel with all the regulars who send in their artwork every week and a great joy to welcome new families each week. My family in Ireland love to see us on the LIVE broadcast, and grandparents also join too.

What have been the highlights for Children’s Liturgy this year?

I always wanted to be a primary school teacher, and never got around to doing my PGCE. So being able to design, deliver and promote these sessions to young families is probably the closest I will ever come to my dream job. It is such a joy to help with writing the scripts and preparing behind the scenes along with so many other helpers. I love being part of the team and getting to know my colleagues in Volunteer Support and Theology better. Being part of Children’s Liturgy has brought me on a faith journey, and I have made some amazing new friends including my friend Maggie in Truro.

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in working with young families, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with the Liturgy LIVE team by emailing theology@cafod.org.uk and we will provide you with technical and presenter training.  If you want to join along in the songs, stories and craft click this link to join us every Sunday at 10am.

Anything else?

We’re currently working on some new exciting online content to do with crafting, so watch this space!