I would just like to thank you for your prayers and support over the last year. Without you, the work of CAFOD would not be possible. I’d also like to take this opportunity to feedback on recent activities, and let you know about some resources that you might find useful as we approach the autumn.
I am delighted to tell you our Lent donations 2018 from all sources exceed £4.2 million. This is truly wonderful because every Family Fast Day offering will be matched by the UK Government. We have planned projects to help 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eritrea. This will mean that fewer parents will struggle to grow vegetables to help feed their families and more children will become healthier and more likely to attend school.
During Lent, volunteers spoke in more than 750 parishes to encourage others and during the last year, over 240 volunteers have visited 1000 Catholic schools. The fruits of this faith witness are truly appreciated. Geoff O’Donoghue, from CAFOD, recently shared a ‘Thank you’ message from someone he met in Niger, who told him, “when the help arrived I knew I was not alone, we bless them and pray for them so that they know they are not alone”.
In response to Pope Francis calling everyone to act in solidarity with refugees and migrants, we are grateful to the thousands who have taken part in Share the Journeywalks. Many parishes and schools invited refugees, community leaders and members of parliament to walk with them in solidarity with people who are forced to flee from their homes. The miles covered by our walkers across England and Wales have lapped the earth – and more! May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire them in acts of love and justice.
Adoremus: 7-9September 2018
We are busy preparing for Adoremus in September. Some of our volunteers are part of the Welcome team at the Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool. We have produced some resources to enable people to engage more deeply with different aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery. Our Eucharist in the World workshops explore the links between the Eucharist and the call for us, as Catholics, to live out love, compassion and justice in our everyday lives. These resources, plus a prayer inspired by a pastoral letter from Bishop Patrick McKinney of Nottingham are all available at cafod.org.uk/eucharist We hope you find them useful
Children’s liturgy – We provide children’s liturgy resources for every Sunday of the year to help children reflect on the Gospel and relate it to the world around them. We’ve had lots of positive feedback about them, so your children’s liturgy catechists may find them helpful. They are all available at cafod.org.uk/childrensliturgy
Community Participation Coordinator – CAFOD