Another chance to Save the Environment, Recycling for CAFOD

Now is your chance to Recycle for CAFOD!

We have all been inspired and stimulated by Pope Francis’ encouraging words in Laudato Si, which enables us to see how it is possible in a variety of ways to contribute to the care and ultimate saving of our beautiful planet.

Office Volunteers Richard Hester and Vildan Hilliard. Richard organises the CAFOD Westminster recycling

Here in our Westminster office we have been trying to do our best in this regard.  By collecting and recycling a number of odds and ends: old foreign coins, items of Jewellery (broken and unbroken!), cameras, laptops and phones we have already this year raised a total of £130.00.  Each of us can become active and productive if we join in our recycling campaign.  We have only to look through drawers, cupboards and wardrobes at home to find things we have no further use for.  To avoid dumping these items, how about bringing them along to us in CAFOD for recycling? This is one sure way of raising money and also helping to protect our precious environment. 

Perhaps you organise something for CAFOD on a larger scale in your Parish too. Further information can be found here or just phone us on 0208 449 6970.

We look forward to an enthusiastic response from you to this appeal in the very near future.

Sr Carmel (Office Volunteer)

Congratulations to Our Lady of Lourdes on receiving the Live Simply Award!

Congratulations Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden presented with the Live Simply Award.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Harpenden has achieved the CAFOD Live Simply award for championing sustainable living. It is only the sixth church to gain the award in the Westminster Diocese and the 46th parish in England and Wales.

Harpenden Live Simply Team

On Sunday 10 March a celebratory Mass was said and the prestigious Live Simply Plaque was officially presented to Canon Anthony Dwyer by Maria Elena Arana, the CAFOD Live Simply Award Coordinator.

The Mass began with the church choir singing the beautiful canticle, ‘Laudato Si, mi Signore’- ‘Praise be to you, my lord’. The hymns and bidding prayers had been specially chosen for the celebration and the wooden plaque, made from recycled benches from a church in Edinburgh, was taken up during the offertory procession.

Marie Elena spoke movingly to the congregation about ‘Live Simply’ and also about the CAFOD Lenten Fast Day Friday, 15 March.

Canon Anthony with Maria Elena Arana, the CAFOD Live Simply Award Coordinator.
Canon Anthony with Maria Elena Arana, the CAFOD Live Simply Award Coordinator.

After Mass ended, Canon Anthony formally planted an Acer tree in the garden at the front of the church and set a commemorative plaque in place. At the reception afterwards Canon Anthony cut a specially commissioned cake, embellished with a rainbow and the words ‘Live Simply’ in green icing, and proposed a toast to ‘Our Lady of Lourdes- a Live Simply Parish’. He emphasised that the award was just the beginning and that the parish did not intend to rest on its laurels.

Congratulations to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish!

 Find out how your Parish could start your journey to the Live Simply Award here .

Today is Family Fast Day!

Thank you to all who are organising Soup Lunches, CAFOD suppers and other Fast Day events today and this weekend.

Please join us in prayer for our Global Family.

The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, he helps those whose spirit is crushed.  — Psalm 34:18

CAFOD Volunteer Marie preparing soup lunch for Fast Day

We bless you, Lord, and praise you.

Your wonders are ever on our lips.

For we:      Taste and see that the Lord is good.

We share this meal, Lord, and thank you,

for this food and all your gifts to us.

As we: Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Open our hearts, Lord, to others

especially those who hunger and hurt.

Together let us:  Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Inspire us, Lord, and move us

to reach out in love to those in need

so all people may:  Taste and see that the Lord is good.