New CAFOD group at Kettering

After the Lent Fast Day talk given in the parish, several people came forward to volunteer to support CAFOD’s work in the parish of St Edward’s Kettering and Holy Trinity Desborough.

Debbie Purfield (CAFOD coordinator – Northampton) went to meet them and was so inspired, “despite having busy lives, all those present were so committed and eager to promote CAFOD more in the parish”. Not all who signed up could make it.  However, they were very much involved in its planning.

New CAFOD group – Joanie Eddy Brenda Candice

It is just fabulous that there is now a group at St Eds! The group comprises 6 people: Joanie (new parish contact), Eddy, Brenda, Candice, Anne and Jean.  They heard about CAFOD’s work and were keen to be involved.  It was just great to hear them eagerly discuss their next steps and how they could promote the latest campaign Power to Be and encourage people to get in touch with their MP in the run up to the general election.  They were also keen to give regular updates on CAFOD’s work throughout the year.

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Their first big event is to host the retreat day as we reflect on Pope Francis’ Vision for a renewed church on 1 July.  All welcome!

Joanie commented, “we would like to do more to raise awareness of the causes of poverty and with the support of Canon John, we hope to come up with innovative ways to promote CAFOD’s work in the parish.”  Joanie also decided there and then to be an MP correspondent and the group is hoping to encourage others to sign up too!

Thank you all so much for giving your time, talents and skills to support CAFOD’s work in the parish.  It is so encouraging and inspiring to experience such enthusiasm and openness.  We look forward to hearing what you get up to.

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Holy Redeemer (Slough) CAFOD Group still going after 12 years

The CAFOD group at Holy Redeemer started over 12 years ago. Over the last few years it comprised Eileen, Margaret, Rosaline and Sr Nora (who has now retired). They have done fantastic fundraising over the years and promoted Fast Days in the parish.

Eileen, Margaret and Rosaline - Parish volunteers from Holy Redeemer Slough

Eileen, Margaret and Rosaline – Parish volunteers from Holy Redeemer Slough

“We started off with a sponsored walk which was very good. But the youth group who wanted to do an event took that idea and so we had to come up with another idea and we decided on a ‘bacon & cabbage’ night” recounts Eileen.  “We ended up doing this for 3 years as it was so successful!  We then moved on to other events”.  The group has done Elvis and Abba nights which proved to be so successful in building community and raising amazing amounts for CAFOD’s work.

At the Harvest supporter day in 2016, they chatted with other volunteers and found out that one of them was also a governor to the school next to the parish. Through this contact, they managed to liaise with the school so that their latest event, a sponsored walk, included the school as well.  They raised a fantastic £3000!

They are keen to have others join the group and may be getting a few more soon.. so watch this space!

What an inspiration. Thank you so much for all you do to support CAFOD’s work!

To find out more about volunteering for CAFOD, please contact us at or 01844 274 723

Volunteers at St Anthony (Slough) prepare for Lent

Fr Nicholas, Parish Priest – St Anthony (Slough), very kindly invited CAFOD at Harvest 2016 to give a talk.  In the talk, I asked for volunteers and was delighted that several people from the various masses came forward.  We met on Sunday 15 January after mass to see how each could support CAFOD’s work in the parish especially over Fast Days.

Volunteers from St Anthony - Slough

Volunteers from St Anthony – Slough

Six people attended, two of whom came along after Fr Nicholas so warmly invited me to say a few words again at the end of the mass that day..

The group were great in coming up with ways to promote Lent Fast day this time.  They are going to ensure that there is someone to hand out envelopes at each mass (leaving pens on the pews for people to complete the Gift Aid).  They already have in mind who to ask to deliver the short talk.

As the parish and school are closely linked, they came up with the idea of holding a soup lunch which will include both.  Fantastic idea!

Well done to all the lovely volunteers at St Anthony’s.  You are so inspiring!

Find out more about Lent Fast day, and how you can get your parish involved.

Written by Deborah Purfield – Coordinator Northampton Diocese