New CAFOD group at St Martin de Porres – Luton

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!

New CAFOD group – St Martin de Porres Luton

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!

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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.