Sat 10th Nov: CAFOD retreat ‘Countering Comsumerism’ Book your place

What does it mean to be holy?
How can we find holiness given our busy modern lives?

Countering Consumerism Retreat 2018 Leeds

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad). He encourages us to open our eyes, ears and hearts, to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our often limited horizons.

Book your place on the retreat

We are invited to be disturbed by faith, challenge the culture of consumerism and respond to the Pope’s profound invitation to care for our common home. Pope Francis asks us to find time for our own holiness.

So this autumn, take time out of your everyday life to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas.

The retreats are free of charge and all are welcome, whether or not you have been involved in CAFODs campaigns

Saturday 10th November
Leeds retreat: Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingly Lane, Leeds, LS6 2BX, 10-4pm. Lunch will be provided. Book your place here

If you are not able to attend the Leeds retreat, have a look at the alternative dates across England and Wales and choose a date that suits you best. Booking is essential.

For more information contact Joanne or Bronagh on (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

Garforth parishioner raises £430 at Summer Garden Party

St Benedict’s, Garforth parishioner Andrea has raised just over £430 at a recent Summer Garden Party in aid of CAFOD’s work to support the world’s poorest families.

Andrea Grant Summer Party St Benedicts with 2 ladies in foreground

Summer Fundraising Fun in Garforth

Andrea has organised parties like this over the last few years and also volunteers as a CAFOD Parish Volunteer in her local church, helping to raise awareness of CAFOD during the Lenten and Harvest Fast Day appeals. Andrea also liaises with several other CAFOD supporters in the local area who help others to pray and campaign in response to the cry of the poor

 

Andrea told us the fundraising event was a success, “ I am delighted to say that we had an enjoyable and rewarding day on Saturday.  We had 68 guests and helpers, everyone out in the garden thanks to the perfect weather. I shall be  sending a cheque to CAFOD for the £400 raised on the day and a further £30+ for donations from recent pyramid boxes.”

Andrea Grant Summer Party St Benedicts

CAFOD Parish Volunteer, Andrea thanks everyone who helped and attended the Summer Garden Party

If you would like to organise a fundraising event like this, here are our ‘fundraising how-to guide’ to help you get started.

 

If you would like to get more involved with your parish and support prayer, campaigning or giving please register your interest using our volunteer sign up form.

A new experience for me: Meeting International CAFOD Staff

(article written by Office Volunteer, Rachael)

On Thursday the 28th of June, I had the pleasure of meeting Michele and Fergus who work with CAFOD in Sudan. At first, I felt slightly nervous as well as excited. I did some research before they arrived which allowed me to prepare my questions and learn more about the situation in Sudan. On the day it was a lovely sunny day, we had a talk given by Fergus and Michele, which was incredibly interesting.

The talk was to help raise awareness of the work going on in Sudan.  This was followed by a shared lunch, which was fun and allowed me to meet all the volunteers who were there and to chat with Fergus and Michele.

It was also a lovely atmosphere and it was great to see everyone having a good time and getting to know each other.   Furthermore, I had the privilege to interview Michele and I was able to ask a variety of questions.

fergus and michele

Meeting Michele and Fergus from CAFOD’s Africa team yesterday

 

 

Question 1 Humanitarian Emergency is it still on-going?– “It is still a very big issue we are dealing with many different issues, 700,000 refugees from South Sudan and displaced people and we need to respond to those people.”

 

Question 2 Emergency Programme- “Still very effective, the emergency has continued because of fighting, famine and we are helping by providing support such as hygiene, clean water and food. If not people would die, with CAFOD we have been able to provide basic support such as clean water, people appreciate this.”

Question 3 A clinic for malnourished children in Garsila, Central Darfur supported by the ACT programme- has the clinic grown and or developed. – “I worked with a nutrition programme also CAFOD is providing support for the children and the family. Hygiene training, supporting breastfeeding and providing direct support has been effective.”

 

Question 4 is war Still a major issue. – War is still a big issue in Darfur there is still fighting causing people to loose property and lively hoods”.

Question 5 What are the newest projects that CAFOD Sudan are working on  and what projects are most important to you personally or are all projects viewed as important?- “ CAFOD Sudan are responding to refugees, supporting poor communities, helping grow food and get involved with education especially in Africa. Most important is working with communities, we don’t have a hand-outs approach only if lifesaving requires it, we encourage community involvement.”

 

If you would like to find out more about CAFOD’s work in Sudan click here  CAFOD Sudan