Livesimply Award plaque presented to New Barnet Parish!

Well done to the Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate and St Peter’s in New Barnet!

Stephen Shiela and Fr James and Tony Sheen

Stephen Shiela and Fr James and Tony Sheen

“Congratulations to all of you for your commitment to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor” said Tony Sheen of CAFOD Westminster as he presented a Livesimply Award plaque to the Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate and St Peter’s in New Barnet, Westminster Diocese. The parish in North London is run by the Spiritans. He told more than 150 parishioners, holding a special celebration for Pentecost Sunday in the parish hall, that the plaques are made from recycled church pews. Their parish plaque will now be put on public display. Continue reading

CAFOD walkers embark on around the world refugee solidarity challenge!

Volunteers from the Westminster Diocese are joining thousands of others to help complete a 24,900-mile walk around the world in solidarity with refugees.

On 15 May, a group of walkers embarked on a three-week journey to walk over 150 miles around the London loop as part of CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign.

Day 1: Elstree to Cockfosters, Ann Milner and John Scott from Hitchin Parish and Laura, Jane and Chris Ousley

Day 1: Elstree to Cockfosters, Ann Milner and John Scott from Hitchin Parish and Laura, Jane and Chris Ouseley

Ann Milner, who organised the walk, said: “As a contribution to CAFOD’s campaign, the parish of Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew, Hitchin is organising a pilgrimage around the London Outer Orbital Path, known as the LOOP, consisting of a series of prayerful day walks taking place between May and June 2018.”

The first day’s walk began at Elstree and finished 11 miles later in Cockfosters. Continue reading

Congratulations and thank you CAFOD Volunteer Richard!

A big congratulations to Richard!

Richard celebrating 5 years Volunteering for CAFOD

Richard celebrating 5 years Volunteering for CAFOD

Congratulations and thank you to CAFOD volunteer Richard Hester who this month completed his first 5 years as an office volunteer in the Westminster Volunteer Centre in Oakwood North London.

We celebrated this occasion yesterday in the office with Richard and several his fellow office volunteers.

Richard, a retired Bank Manager and Leyton Orient support, performs much of our office administration. He is computer literate and skilled at using our CAFOD database on a weekly basis. He also helps with our preparation and follow up to our volunteer events throughout the year.

Richard said : “I enjoy work with and supporting other volunteers in an office-based environment. I also occasionally support CAFOD events at weekends.  I have been involved in promoting various CAFOD Campaigns related to Fairtrade and tackling Climate Change.”  Climate change is a challenge to us all and I would like my son and young family members to mature in a safe environment, where we balance our needs with the Earth’s resources.”

Richard celebrating with fellow CAFOD Westminster Volunteers

Richard celebrating with fellow CAFOD Westminster Volunteers

Richard is currently working on the CAFOD Live Simply initiative and encouraging Parishes to recycle unwanted items in our Trash for Cash scheme.

Richard went on to say: “CAFOD supports those less fortunate in the world and helps them to help themselves and I fully support that ethos.

Find out how to become a CAFOD Office Volunteer or other volunteering roles here.