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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Volunteers increase community spirit across Bedford

CAFOD volunteers from five parishes across Bedford met over yummy cake and coffee/tea on 23 July 2016 to see how they could better work together and support each other to promote CAFOD’s work in Bedford.

Bedford Volunteers

Bedford Volunteers

“It was really great to see the enthusiasm and passion the volunteers showed and how they were keen to raise the profile of CAFOD’s work in their parishes” noted Debbie Purfield (CAFOD Coordinator Northampton Diocese).  All were keen to work together  and they started putting plans in place to hold the Year of Mercy Pilgrimage as a joint Bedford event.  Fantastic!

The group also found a coordinator who would be the “link person” between the volunteers from the various parishes and some of the young members volunteered to promote events on  social media.  They also discussed involving the local catholic schools in parish events.

Catriona (parish volunteer – Christ the King) commented, “It is good that we will now be able to do more across the parishes and I feel so much more supported now that I can call on others”.

All the parishes are still looking for more volunteers to join them. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch.


Parish Volunteers in Luton get together


DSCN2768It was great to have some of the Luton parish volunteers get together to meet each other and brainstorm on how to promote CAFOD in their parishes and across Luton. It was a very fruitful meeting and the volunteers were great in sharing their skills, knowledge and experience with each other.

Graham said, “It is good to meet others from Luton as I didn’t know some of them. Now we can work together which will be much better than each one working separately.  I am keen that we promote LiveSimply as a Pastoral Area”.

Edewede added, “I now feel I can take things forward with the support. It was good to have met the others.”

The volunteers were so helpful in looking into how all parishes could have a talk at Harvest Fast Day weekends in Luton and came up with very good suggestions.  They are hoping to attend the Supporters’ Day on either 17 September at Beaconsfield or 24 September in Hunsbury (Northampton).  Graham even offered to provide lifts to help keep the carbon footprint down!  All who were unable to attend were sent mins of the meeting.

If you would like to volunteer as a parish contact, please get in touch