We are delighted to have a new CAFOD group at St Martin de Porres in Luton.
With the wonderful support of the new parish priest Fr Simon Penhalagan, Debbie Purfield (CAFOD coordinator) was invited to speak at all masses weekend of 29/30 September 2018 and asked for people to be part of CAFOD’s vision – to step up to their ministry in the parish through CAFOD.
Several people came forward from each mass and some were under 18 yrs old which was just great! One of whom was Clara who said, “what was said really moved me into action and I felt I had to come forward to volunteer”. Clara has since very kindly agreed to be the parish contact – Thanks Clara!
The group met together for the first time on 28 Oct and another two people joined in which brought the total to ten! A really fantastic number. Rose Bluett – volunteer coordinator for Luton was also present and introduced herself to the group. Debbie explained about CAFOD and gave suggestions to the group and they responded with a generous spirit and were keen to get going. Emmanuel commented, “It is good that we now have a CAFOD group so that we can work from within the parish rather than always having to get someone from outside to come in”.
The group have already shared ideas of how they can keep with parish aware of CAFOD’s work and ideas of prayer, campaigning and fundraising.
Thank you to Fr Simon who was so instrumental in helping the group form, to all those who came forward to offer their time, skills and talent to support our brothers and sisters in need and to the parish for their continued support. You are all an amazing example of living out the catholic faith!