St Teresa’s gets walking for CAFOD

Spring is finally here.  The warm, gentle sunshine is irresistibly enticing. Whether it is barbecues, outdoor sports or gardening, we just want to be out and about. And if it is for a good cause, even better. This is why at St Teresa’s (Princes Risborough) we got our walking boots out on Sunday 7 May for our annual CAFOD sponsored walk.

St Teresa’s (Princes Risborough) all ready for the annual CAFOD Sponsored walk sponsored walk

The 24 walkers included the young and young at heart.  The walk started at the parish and headed up our part of the Chilterns in glorious sunshine.  So animated was the chatter that very few noticed the up hill climb, but for those who did, a few rustic benches provided a welcome opportunity to rest, get their breath back, restore their joints to working order and admire the fantastic views.  When we arrived at the top of Brush Hill there was a wonderful surprise: the wild bluebells were there in sheets, all opening in the Spring sunshine.  We walked on, greeting families of walkers and other more serious hikers, before following our leader, Marie, down the side of the golf course and back along the lanes to Monks Risborough.

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People found it such a lovely experience and Catherine (a parishioner who also teaches at the primary school attached to the parish) said:  “It is wonderful to see some of the students and staff on the walk and to meet other people whom I have not met.  I hadn’t realised that the CAFOD volunteer centre was next to the school and was pleased to meet Debbie, the diocesan coordinator. I am keen to invite CAFOD to the school to do a workshop this term.”

What a wonderful spread to come back to!

After the walk, we came back to a lovely spread:  home baked cakes and scones were waiting for us in the parish meeting room, including Nick Jepson’s first ever carrot cake! It was all so yummy!

Marie – parish volunteer



Marie (our CAFOD parish contact) said, “It was a really wonderful day and I am delighted we raised about £880 to help those in need”

An outstanding amount!  Well done to all who took part and those who supported the day.

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St Teresa’s parish (Princes Risborough) goes Fairtrade!

The Parish of St Teresa’s of the Child Jesus in Princes Risborough has just received Fairtrade certification!  Fab news.

FT Parish

Fairtrade is a movement that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers and workers. It is represented by the Fairtrade Fundation, a global organisation that works to ensure a better deal for farmers and workers worldwide.

Fairtrade is a great way to support farmers and producers around the world and make a difference to their lives. Becoming a Fairtrade parish is not difficult and is a simple way to make a difference by thinking carefully about our everyday choices when buying products.  The Fairtrade Foundation has worked with CAFOD and other organisations to set three goals for becoming a Fairtrade Parish:

  • Use Fairtrade tea and coffee at all events in the parish.
  • Move towards using other Fairtrade products such as biscuits, sugar and fruit.
  • Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight in  March, and during the year.

The parish has an established tradition of serving tea and coffee after Mass, an opportunity for the parish community to come together socially. In recent months, the parish has moved towards using only Fairtrade products for this and other parish events.  Moreover, the Parish holds a Fairtrade sale each month after the Sunday family Mass.  The Parish also celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight, a fun-filled highlight of the year for the Fairtrade community.  This year, Fairtrade Fortnight was held between the 27 February and 12 March.  To mark this event, the parish had a Fairtrade raffle, with Phil Hughes and Marian Bryson as the lucky winners of two Fairtrade hampers!

Marie Pennel, who represents the CAFOD group in the Parish, says: “the pastoral council unanimously agreed it would be good for the parish to have Fairtrade certification. In this way we are reassured that we are taking a small step to help farmers in third world countries get a fair price for their produce.”.

Well done St Teresa’s! May your example inspire others to join the Fairtrade movement and we hope that our Diocese of Northampton will soon become a Fairtrade diocese!

>> Sign up here to be a Fairtrade Parish

Great Christmas Fair at St Teresa (Princes Risborough)

At this time of the year, a lot of parishes are holding their Christmas Fair and St Teresa, Princes Risborough, was no exception. Marie Pennell (CAFOD volunteer) writes :

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“On Saturday 26 November, we held a wonderful Christmas Fair at St Teresa with half the proceeds going to the parish funds and the other half to CAFOD.  There was a great turn out to support the event and to have fun together.


Santa makes an appearance

Santa makes an appearance

We had lots of stalls selling seasonal gifts, served tasty lunches and delicious mulled wine brewed by Toby.   Even Santa made an appearance!  He gave presents to all the children who were delighted!

Sarah and Cartiona entertained the children with face painting and decorating biscuits.  We all had a such a great time and the fact that we were also supporting our brothers and sisters who were in so much need was really wonderful.”



The parish raised just over £3000, of which half will be donated to CAFOD.  Fabulous!  Thanks to all who organised the event and those who supported it.