Become a Parish Volunteer Coordinator!

Do you have a passion for encouraging others to make a real difference? Does the thought of inspiring, motivating and supporting a small number of volunteers in your local area make your heart smile?

As a volunteer coordinator, you could have the opportunity to work with and motivate a small group of volunteers in your local area, as well as use and develop communication, facilitation and organisational skills.

You could be part of our team of volunteers, supporting them to raise awareness of CAFOD’s work in their communities.

This is a rewarding opportunity for people with a passion for encouraging others to make a real difference. This could be a way to learn new skills and improve career prospects or as a way of using your gifts, refined throughout your career.

Our six current Parish Volunteer Coordinators come together every few months to exchange ideas and see how to promote CAFOD in their areas. This is so wonderful and enables parish volunteers to be supported and energised. We are so grateful to them for their dedication and time.

>> Do get in touch : northampton@cafod.org.uk

Press pause, and pray

Join us on Wednesday 20 January from 12.30pm-1.30pm as we come together to pray for Christian unity. We traditionally hold a joint service with Christian Aid to which you are invited.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland.  The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

Today the community has fifty sisters, all women from different generations, Church traditions, countries and continents.  In their diversity the sisters are a living parable of communion.  They remain faithful to a life of prayer, life in community and the welcoming of guests.  The sisters share the grace of their monastic life with visitors and volunteers who go to Grandchamp for a time of retreat, silence, healing or in search of meaning. For 2021, the sisters are inviting churches across the world to enter into their tradition of prayer and silence that is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Church.

Click here to enter at the time of the webinar.

We have two other exciting online events coming shortly. On the 26 January at 11am, we have a talk about protecting migrant workers rights in Bangladesh by Dominic Carroll from our South Asia team,  and on Thursday 28 January at 11am Mark Chamberlain will be speaking about the need for water in Afar and tell of his personal experience of Abdella who is featured in our Fast Day appeal this Lent.

Reclaiming Our Common Home

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour.” Ask yourself this question: ‘if two are better than one, how can we come together to make a positive impact on the world?’

Reclaim Our Common Home is CAFOD’s new campaign is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, and to take an active part in renewing our troubled societies by embracing the universal values of solidarity and fraternity.

>> Sign our petition to the prime minister

In 2020, we experienced the worst global health crisis in a century. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated lives and shattered families in Britain and across the world, with disastrous consequences for people’s jobs and livelihoods.

The pandemic exposed many of the inadequacies of how our world currently works. It has proved that we need greater cooperation between nations, solidarity between people and a greater focus on the poorest in society.

As Catholics, we are called not to stay silent and not to be passive. This is why Reclaim Our Common Home is a call to action! It’s a call to participate both individually and collectively in rebuilding a more dignified and sustainable world after the pandemic.

>> Click here to find out more.

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