Memorial Mass at St Francis of Assisi – Shefford 2017

CAFOD Memorial mass 2017 celebrated at St Francis of Assisi – Shefford

CAFOD is immensely blessed by the generosity and dedication of our volunteers and supporters.  Many of these wonderful people have passed away over the years. Our Memorial Masses are one way we like to pay tribute to them and mark our appreciation for their years of support and kindness.

We often speak to families who have chosen to support our work in memory of a relative or a friend.  By making such a special gift, families, neighbours, colleagues or pupils feel they are remembering their loved one in a positive, far-reaching and life-changing way.

>>  See our Remembrance Giving page for more information.

Jenny Hyde, Eileen Devereux , Anne Tasker and Margaret Rees – memorial mass organisers

Fr Bennie with Eileen Devereux (UCM)

Northampton Diocese celebrated our 2017 memorial mass at St Francis of Assisi – Shefford on the 26 November.  Parish priest, Fr Bennie Noonan was delighted to say the mass and with the support of Parish volunteer Jenny Hyde and the Union of Catholic Mother (UCM) the celebration went off so well.

Northampton Diocese Book of Remembrance

The names of deceased supporters and volunteers are collected each year in our Book of Remembrance and this was taken up by Alban Macdonald, parish volunteer at St Peter’s Biggleswade.  This showed how we are all one family working together for a common goal.. to eradicate poverty and injustice in our world! 

Alban noted, “Fr Bennie spoke passionately about CAFOD’s work and remembered all the dearly beloved who supported CAFOD’s work in their life.  He explained how Bishop Hugh Grant (from our diocese) was instrumental in getting CAFOD/Caritas off the ground in the UK and in Rome.”

After the mass, the UCM organised a scrumptious coffe/tea and cake session in the parish meeting room which everyone who attended enjoyed immensely!

Refreshments enjoyed by our children too!

Refreshments after Memorial mass

Jenny very thoughtfully brought a photo of a framed Obituary of Elspeth Orchard.  Elspeth was one of the original UCM members (UCM diocesan president) who helped formed the group that eventually became CAFOD.   Jenny said, “I found a picture of Elsbeth Orchard so shared some happy stories about that.  It was a very friendly affair.”

>> Find out more about how about how CAFOD began here

All hear about Elspeth Orchard, one of the founding CAFOD members

A massive thank you to Jenny Hyde and the UCM as well as to Fr Bennie for celebrating our CAFOD memorial mass 2017 at St Francis.  Supporters and Volunteers who could not attend were with you in spirit.

Amazing Harvest Hunger Lunch at Holy Family & St John Luton

As part of Harvest Fast day, the parish of Holy Family and St John the Apostle Luton held a Harvest Hunger Lunch in October 2017 and as always had great support.  over 75 people turned up to support the event.  What a brilliant turn out!

Holy Family & St John -Luton hold a Harvest Hunger lunch for CAFOD

The parish raised over £500 for CAFOD’s work which is just fantastic!  Thank you to all who organised it and to those who supported the event.

>>  Looking here for more great fundraising ideas

 

Excess for Ethiopia – Connect 2

Sacred Heart – Leighton Buzzard have come up with great ideas to support CAFOD’s work over the years both with fundraising and campaigning. Their latest venture was an ingenious one for Sebeya (in Ethiopia) as the parish is part of the Connect 2 scheme.

Bob Garrard (CAFOD volunteer and part of the Justice and peace group) writes:

J&P group prepares for “Excess for Ethiopia”

“During the summer months Sacred Heart parishioners here in Leighton Buzzard have been blessed with a good crop of fruit and vegetables. We had been thinking how we could help our brothers and sisters in Sebeya, Ethiopia, with whom we are linked through CAFOD’s Connect2 Ethiopia scheme.  Mary (member of the J&P group) had the brilliant idea that by making jams and other products from our harvest excess we could sell them to raise money for the community in Sebeya.  We cannot not send them perishable food, but can support them with funds to buy seeds and provide irrigation.  This would really empower them to grow their own food.

>> Find out more about the Connect 2 Scheme

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