You are invited to a Retreat with CAFOD this Autumn


Countering Consumerism

Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate

Have you ever felt a conflict between living out your faith and the pressure of living a busy, modern life? Have you ever thought about what it means to be ‘holy’, to live more simply and in deeper contemplation?

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad). He encourages us to open our eyes, ears and Togetherhearts, to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our often limited horizons.

This Autumn, you are invited to take time out of your everyday life to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas. The relief and development aid that CAFOD is able to offer, to countless people around the world, on a daily basis is made possible mostly by the efforts of it’s supportPopeAbroaders and volunteers.  That task can appear exhausting and daunting at times. So take this opportunity to enrich your faith and charge up your batteries. Let’s make sure CAFOD delivers for everyone.

The retreats are free of charge and all are welcome. We’d especially like to welcome you if you’re leading campaigns in your parish.

Please join us for the Westminster retreat, at CAFOD either

on Saturday 1st December from 10-4pm, at the Westminster Volunteer Centre, which is above the Church of Christ the King in  Oakwood


On Saturday 24th November at the CAFOD offices, Romero HouseEventbriteLogo.

Book your place here on the Eventbrite website.

Directions: …………………..

LocationMapRomero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JB

I wouldn’t recommend driving. The tube is probably the fastest way as Romero House is only a few minutes walk from Lambeth North Underground Station and not much further from Waterloo Main Line Terminus. Click the map for the exact location.

OakwoodMapThe Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, N14 4HE.

Christ the King is easy to get to. Take the Piccadilly line underground train to Oakwood Station and either walk from there or get a 307 bus towards Barnet Hospital. The bus runs past the door. Click on the map for an enlarged version.


Over £1500 raised by young “bikers” from four churches in Hemel Hempstead


They think it’s all over!

But if history is anything to go by there’s a lot more to come. Cut the cake but note the date. An equally successful event wasCake held last year, and the year before that!  In fact the churches in Hemel Hempstead seem to be making a habit of enjoying their cycles and scooters, and raising lots of money for CAFOD in the process. Well, habits are hard to break and good habits probably shouldn’t be, especially when so much fun is involved. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see another such cake and another such group of happy youngsters trumpeting their success next year.


So, a huge thank you on behalf of all those hungry, often frightened and despairing children, and their families, who CAFOD help everyday around the world. It’s good to know that our children care and are more than willing to help. A special thank you is in order to the organising team, drawn from volunteers from four local churches, and mention should be made of Father Kim Addison, one of Hemel’s Parish Priests, Get set.jpgwho, suitably sponsored, took to two wheels and trailed after the children. At least one of us adults is able to keep up with these energetic younger generations.

Fancy organising a bike ride, boat race, crisp eating contest, sponsored meditation or beard shaving? There are loads of ways you can have fun and, at the same time, raise money for CAFOD, your favourite charity.  Check out the fundraising page of the CAFOD website Here…..


Papal Blessing given for over 30 years of Volunteering for CAFOD

blessingMary Tempany has received a Papal Blessing, given in Thanks for her CAFOD volunteer activities. For over 30 years, Mary has dedicated her time to helping tcertificatehe most deprived people in the world through her work as part of the CAFOD Holy Family Friday Group, in Welwyn Garden City. They have raised almost £100,000 for CAFOD since they formed in the 1970’s.


Mary’s Parish Priest Fr. NoThreeDaughtersrbert Fernandes was joined by three members of the CAFOD group Bridie Nash, Sandy Leys, and Linda Finn and Mary’s three daughters. Fr. Norbert led a short communion service before Tony Sheen, our Community Participation Organiser, presented Mary with the Papal blessing certificate.

Unfortunately Mary is in I’ll health but our prayers are with her. She was delighted to receive this special blessing from Pope Francis, particularly well earned.