CAFOD remembers deceased supporters and loved ones

During the month of November, CAFOD remembers deceased loved ones who have supported our work over the years.

CAFOD Westminster book of Remembrance

A special Memorial Mass was celebrated yesterday 20 November by Father Christophe Brunet, Parish Priest at the Church of Christ The King, Cockfosters in the Westminster Diocese.

CAFOD Westminster Memorial Mass

Over the years, CAFOD has been blessed to work alongside the most committed volunteers and supporters.

CAFOD Westminster book of Remembrance was on display during Mass at The Church of Christ The King, with names of deceased loved ones, including past volunteers, financial supporters and Candlelight Fund supporters.

Tony Sheen from CAFOD said of the people remembered in the book.

“Their generosity has enabled us to stand alongside members of our global family who face poverty and injustice. We thank God for all of our supporters and our loved ones. We ask God that we may recognise and use the talents he has given us. We pray that we may all work for the good of all across the world and ask God to help us to Live, More Simply and Sustainably and to make acts of solidarity for people who are poor.”

The Mass was well attended by parishioners and CAFOD supporters alike, with refreshments served afterwards.

CAFOD Volunteers in each diocese around the country, arrange a Memorial Mass every year and we intend to continue with this tradition in the Westminster diocese next year.

Papal Blessings celebrating over 150 years of Volunteering for CAFOD in Welwyn Garden City!

CAFOD is delighted to have had the opportunity to present Papal blessings to six wonderful long-standing volunteers from Welwyn Garden City on Sunday Morning at Mass.

Each of the Volunteers have promoted the work of CAFOD in the Churches of Holy Family, Our Lady Queen of the Apostles and St Bonaventure’s, Welwyn Garden City for at least 25 years.

They included members of the Holy Family CAFOD Group: Sandy Leys who has hosted annual Strawberry Tea celebrations and BBQ ‘s giving over her garden and house for these fundraising events, Linda Finn and Winifred Blackburn who have baked so many cakes for CAFOD of the years and Carol Cole the group treasurer.  

CAFOD Volunteers receiving their Papal Blessing

Mavis Cleasby was also presented for her work organising CAFOD community lunches at St Bonaventure’s for many years together with Anne Stapleton, who has organised events at Our Lady Queen of Apostles and has currently plans to help the parish to work towards attaining the Live Simply Award.

The Live Simply initiative invites us to live more Simply Sustainable and in Solidarity with the poor.

Also in attendance was Holy Family CAFOD group founder Mrs Mary O’Neil, which was formed in 1972.

Tony Sheen CAFOD’s Community Participation co-ordinator for the Diocese spoke at Mass, which was celebrated by Fr Norbert Fernandes in memory of former group member Mary Tempany RIP.

Tony thanked the group and Parishioners for their support of CAFOD over the years.

Over the past 40 years the parish have raised over £100,000 for CAFOD’s work in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which has made such a huge difference to the lives of communities.

He went on to day “You are an inspiring group of women who get on with the work of the gospel supporting our sisters and brothers overseas as part of your normal daily life.”

EVENT: Remembering our loved ones — Memorial Mass 2019

Remembering our loved ones is a great gift, therefore, in November, the month of Remembrance, we take the opportunity to pray for and remember our dearly departed family members and friends. You are warmly invited to attend Westminster Diocese’s memorial mass on November 20 at 11:00 am at Catholic Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London, N14 4HE.

Why November? 

Each November CAFOD holds Memorial Masses across England and Wales to honour friends and supporters who have died.

November is an important month in the Catholic community. It begins with All Saints Day (when we remember the saints who intercede for us) and All Souls Day (when we remember those dearly departed). The month of November gives us the opportunity to hold those who are no longer with us in our prayers. This November, we are holding our annual Memorial Masses across the country to honour all our volunteers, friends and family members who have passed.  

What are memorial masses and why do we have them? 

It is often upsetting to talk about grief for fear of upsetting those who have endured the loss. Memorial Masses give CAFOD parishioners, volunteers, supporters and the public the opportunity to gather and celebrate the lives of their dearly departed. Throughout the years, CAFOD has been blessed by the generosity and dedication of our supporters. Sadly, many of our supporters have passed away and our Memorial Masses give us the opportunity to pay tribute to these supporters to mark our gratitude for their years of kindness. The Masses take place in most dioceses. This year you are all invited to the Memorial Mass for Westminster Diocese on Wednesday 20 November at 11:00 at Catholic Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London, N14 4HE.

If you can’t attend this year’s memorial mass, you can still join us online and watch the mass at home, by signing up here.

What is a Book of Remembrance and why do we have one? 

As active members of the Catholic community, November is the natural time in the year when we remember our loved ones. We also use this month to give thanks to our supporters for their faithful service. To do so, many churches keep a Book of Remembrance in which parishioners can add the names of their loved ones to be prayed for during the month. The names of our deceased supporters are also collected each year in our Books of Remembrance. It includes all supporters who in the last year have left a gift to CAFOD in their will, as well as all those remembered by a Candlelight Fund as a donation in their memory and all those dear to your hearts. We also add the names of our loved ones. The Remembrance books are updated each year at CAFOD’s head office and there is a section in which you can add extra names. 

If you would like to add a loved one’s name to our book of remembrance you can do so here.

The Memorial Mass for Westminster Diocese will be on Wednesday 20 November at 11:00 am at Catholic Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London, N14 4HE.  If you have any questions or would like to set up a Candlelight Fund, please get in touch with Roisin Beirne at