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.
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!
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.
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!