New Barnet parish to become 36th to receive Livesimply award!

By: Ellen Teague, of Columban JPIC

The Catholic church of Mary Immaculate and St Peter’s in New Barnet, Westminster Diocese, is to become the 36th parish in the country and the fifth in Westminster Diocese to receive the Livesimply award.

Peace Garden Live Simply Fr with Stephen and Sheila

Peace Garden Live Simply, Father James with Stephen and Sheila

Barbara Kentish of Westminster J&P and Ellen Teague of Columban JPIC assessed the North London parish for the award on 16 March. The parish lead contacts were Stephen Hill and Sheila Gallagher, and parish priest Fr James Fasakin joined them in showing
the assessors around the Spiritan parish with a congregation of around 300.

The New Barnet parish explained their Livesimply work over the past four years, starting with securing Livesimply pledges from more than 80 parishioners in 2014 and keeping in regular contact with them by text messaging and e-mail. They have been active in CAFOD campaigns, collecting goods for refugees in Calais, and a ‘friendship’ project which reaches out to vulnerable and housebound people. Continue reading

Enfield Parish Fairtrade event – Calls on Sainsbury’s to reintroduce their Fairtrade Tea.

Beena Cakes

The Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George Enfield organised their annual Fairtrade Parish Event last Sunday 5th November after all Masses.

Parishioners and volunteers set out a variety of stalls promoting the importance of Fairtrade. Stall holders included CAFOD, Traidcraft and Oxfam.

The event simultaneously promoted CAFOD’s current campaigns in particular the Sainsbury’s campaign.

Fairtrade aims to change the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries where producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfil their potential and decide on their future.
Making simple changes to the food we buy and choosing products from Fairtrade companies bearing the Fairtrade logo is one of the ways we can make a positive contribution to alleviating poverty.

Coffee with CAFOD

Fairtrade Logo

Recently Sainsbury’s have abandoned Fairtrade certification on some of their own-brand tea products and replaced this with their own scheme instead, known as ‘Fairly Traded’.

CAFOD is calling on supporters to write to their local Sainsbury’s in support of the re-instatement of their Fairtrade tea.

Signed letters were collected from the Parish and local community and will be presented next week to the local Highlands Village branch of Sainsbury’s in Southgate requesting the re-instatement of Fairtrade tea in their product line.  46 letters in total.

For further details of our Sainsbury’s campaign, please click here

Furthermore, an additional 99 signatures were collected for the Brazil Maua Petition and 31 Power to be Cards signed.

Those who attended were also treated to delicious freshly baked homemade Fairtrade cakes on the Cakes stall which raised £40.  The CAFOD stall also raised donations.

Angela Traidraft Stall

A big thank you to all who attended and for your continued support.


St John’s School, Baldock ‘Care for one another’ and ‘share’

St John’s School, Baldock, ‘Care for one another’ and ‘share’ in recent school visit from CAFOD.

Year 6 – Microphones of God

Year 6 – Microphones of God

St Johns Primary recently welcomed Tania Dalton from CAFOD’s Latin America Team who shared her experiences of the work of CAFOD partners in El Salvador and Peru as part of their current RE project on building the Kingdom of God and putting faith into action. Continue reading