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.
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.
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.
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.
Schools and parishes all across the Diocese of Leeds are doing everything they can to make sure families living in some of the poorest communities receive the support they need to cope with the impact of war, starvation, injustice and natural disasters as well as the added pressure of Coronavirus.
Schools are hosting our CAFOD School Volunteers in online visits as they hear more about our work to support hygiene programmes and parishes are adapting their second collections to include contactless giving devices and text donate information in their bulletins
CAFOD supporters and volunteers joined in 9 days of prayer reflecting on the Novena to St Francis of Assisi, who feast day is celebrated today.
Join our exclusive dialogue with CAFOD’s International Programme staff to hear about how coronavirus is affecting some of the most disadvantaged communities around the world. How are CAFOD and the international Catholic Church community responding to the crisis? How can you help people survive, rebuild and heal? Register here Friday at 11am https://www.bigmarker.com/cafod/harvest