CAFOD Westminster Memorial Mass 2017

Thoughts from Sister Carmel Ring, office volunteer.

It was with a feeling of great joy that I came away from the CAFOD special Mass of Remembrance, celebrated annually for our deceased members of staff, volunteers, supporters and their families and friends.  

Group With Westminster Memorial Book

Group With Westminster Memorial Book

Father Sebastian, the Provincial Superior of the Chemin Neuf Community officiated.  We were very touched when in his homily on the talents he compared the CAFOD workers to the faithful and wise servants who invested the talents entrusted to them in the service of their master, for that is what CAFOD members do, by devoting their time and talents to the betterment of their less privileged brothers and sisters in the developing world.              Continue reading

CAFOD Westminster mourns the death of Michael Kennedy

CAFOD is very sad to report the death of Michael Kennedy.

Michael Kennedy. CAFOD Pedal against Poverty 2014

Michael Kennedy. CAFOD Pedal against Poverty 2014

Many will remember Michael as a fundraiser and steward at the annual CAFOD Pedal Against Poverty sponsored cycle.

Michael was an active member of the Church of Our Lady of Walsingham, Holtwhites Hill, Enfield and Michael and his wife Kathleen took part in the CAFOD cycle every year since it started in 2007.

Michael sadly passed away on Friday 10 November.

His funeral will take place next, Monday 27 November, at 12.30 at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George, London Road, Enfield.

We pass on our condolences and prayers to his family, particularly his wife Kathleen.

May he RIP.


There is still time to organise Power to Be Campaign in your Parish!

Fr Chinedu signing a Power to Be campaign card

Fr Chinedu signing a Power to Be campaign card

Approaching the end of the Church’s year with the precious space in the parish newsletter long since committed to notices about schools admissions, special Advent services and carol concerts, it was rather a tardy, hurried and speculative notion to have CAFOD’s Power to be card signing in my Parish last weekend. The issues were complex. The goal of the exercise was clear enough: it was aimed at helping poor people to gain access to electricity, but it involved asking the World Bank, which was already doing this, to change its policy so that the overwhelmingly carbon dependent projects were replaced by power production through solar and other renewable schemes. And we also had to announce that we were handing out CAFOD World gift catalogues that weekend too!  Would that be too much even for our CAFOD- friendly priests to announce in the notices? Would it be lost on the people? Continue reading