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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.