CAFOD at Sacred Heart Primary Luton

It was really wonderful that Sacred Heart Primary in Luton invited CAFOD in to give an assembly and workshops.  Our wonderful schools’ volunteer Kate Banville delivered the sessions together with Jane Trott and Peter Haddon (our soon-to-be schools’ volunteers).   Kate recounts :

Student show how they are the link in the chain of support

Sacred Heart Primary School – CAFOD Assembly

The school assembly on Friday 23 February introduced the children to CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe.  It was also an opportunity to  formally kick-start the children’s Lenten fundraising by selling tickets to family and friends for an Easter raffle, with all proceeds going to CAFOD which will be doubled by the UK government.

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New CAFOD group at St Augustine Milton Keynes

St Augustine parish (Milton Keynes) warmly welcomed Deborah Purfield (CAFOD coordinator – Northampton Diocese) on the 18 February 2018 to give a short talk at all masses about CAFOD’s work and to offer opportunities for the community to put their faith into action.

“It was a real pleasure to be invited to St Augustine’s to thank the community personally for their support over the years and to let them know how their support has changed lives of communities overseas such as Marian from Zimbabwe”  says Deborah.

Some of the new CAFOD group members – St Augustine,Milton Keynes

The parish was wonderful in responding to this invitation and over 12 people from all three masses came forward.  One of these was Lynne’s teenage daughter.  Lynne recounts, “she urged me to come forward to sign up.  She has so much passion for Justice and Peace issues and is keen to promote it in this parish.  It is due to her that I am here.”  Lynne has since taken a step further and agreed to be the main parish contact for the parish which is fabulous! Thanks Lynne!

On 4 February despite the snow and problems on the road, most of those who signed up attended a short meeting to meet with the rest of the CAFOD group members and together to see how best to promote CAFOD’s work of prayer, fundraising and campaigning in the parish.

Lynne set herself the first task – to get the next 3 Fast Days into the parish diary so that a talk can be given the weekend before.

Several in the group said they were happy to make people aware of CAFOD’s work via talks.  Oliver was one such person and he said, “My job takes me out of the country during the weekday, but I can help at weekends.  Delivering talks is what I am very comfortable doing and doing it for CAFOD is really something I want to do.”

Two of the group members, Ka-Yee and Sally, are involved with youth and children’s liturgy and came up with great suggestions of children’s liturgy prayer and how they have and could continue supporting World Gifts and involve the whole parish too.

Each person was given information about being an MP correspondent and have shown interest in signing up for this as it is not a time-consuming role – 3 times a year!

>> Find out more and sign up here to be an MP correspondent


Pope Francis supporting those fleeing their homes

Deborah also mentioned CAFOD’s latest campaign Share the Journey, inspired by Pope Francis, and how the parish could be involved both with signing the petition and doing a walk of solidarity with people fleeing their homes.  The group were keen to support this campaign and will discuss how best to do it.

>> Sign our Share the Journey Petition

Thank you to Fathers Francis, Pius and Lijo for your welcome and continued support.   A very big thanks to those who came forward to volunteer.  It was so wonderful to see such dedication, willingness and commitment from each member of the group.  You are putting your faith into action by sharing your talent, time and skills to support our brothers and sisters living with injustice overseas.  Thank you for this.  You are all such an inspiration and encouragement!


Lent Soup Lunch at Princes Risborough

Many parishes across the diocese are holding soup lunches in Lent to support CAFOD’s work and St Teresa – Princes Risborough is no exception.  In fact,  they are holding soup lunches most Friday’s in Lent to raise funds for CAFOD and the UK government will double all funds up to £5m.

>>  Donate to our Lenten 2018 appeal

Preparing for CAFOD Lenten soup lunch

Marie Pennell getting the soup ready

We had really lovely soups to choose from – Beetroot & apple, carrot & coriander and Spiced parsnips – all made by the parishioners.  Over 18 people supported the soup lunch.  The sign up sheet to make soup has been filled!

Lent Soup lunch – St Teresa Princes Risborough

Marie Pennell (parish volunteer) said, “We are really pleased with the turn out and delighted to have Debbie Purfield deliver a talk about CAFOD’s work so that those who don’t normally get a chance to attend the Supporters’ day can hear about the wonderful work their donations are contributing to.”

It was good to see familiar faces and new ones too. The first soup lunch has raised over £90 which will be doubled by the UK government.  Tax payers were encouraged to Gift Aid their donations which saw an increase of 25% in their donations.  Fabulous!

Debbie Purfield shares how donations are spent


Polly (CAFOD group member) summed it up by saying “It drew out the essence of Lent.  Those preparing soup and those who showed up to support the event were all giving, fasting and praying.   Giving of their time, money, talent.  Fasting by having a simple meal and building community.  Praying – some attended mass before the lunch and we had communal prayers.  Hearing how we, CAFOD, have made a difference was wonderful.”



Thank you to St Teresa and all the parishes who have been carrying out various activities over Lent to Support CAFOD’s work to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.

>>  Donate to our Lenten Appeal and have your donations doubled by the Uk government.