Parishioners at St Joan of Arc, Highbury, held a special Mass of Thanksgiving this weekend, marking both the 50th Anniversary of the opening of their church as well as 50 years of CAFOD.
The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, who was joined on the altar by parish priest Fr Gerard King and other dignitaries. During his welcome, Fr King acknowledged the important work of CAFOD and of the active role many parishioners play in its work.
The parish and school have a long history of support for CAFOD through fundraising, campaigning and prayer, most recently hosting Fr John Webootsa for a talk about CAFOD’s work in Kenya. The late Mildred Neville, who formed the parish’s CAFOD group and served as a CAFOD trustee, was also a parishioner at St Joan of Arc.
The parish is also currently hosting a small photo exhibition of CAFOD’s 50 Year history in the parish foyer through the 7th of October. The exhibition charts CAFOD’s beginnings of a group of Catholic women responding to a food crisis in Dominica through to our present campaign where we are again hungry to make a positive change for the world’s poorest communities. The exhibition is available for display in your parish or school. For more information on this, please contact us at CAFOD Westminster: 0208 449 6970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.