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

EVENT: Romero, El Salvador & Harvest Fast Day Meetings this September

Join us for our Romero, El Salvador & Harvest Fast Day meeting “We plant the seeds that one day will grow”

Harvest Fast Day 2017 - El Salvador

Harvest Fast Day 2017 – Edelmira from El Salvador

CAFOD would like you to join us one of our forthcoming Harvest Fast Day briefings on either Saturday 9   September or Saturday 16 September 2017

The meeting on 9 September at 10am will be held at Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, LambethSE1 7JB book via Eventbrite here

The meeting on the 16 September at 10am will be held here at the Oakwood, Volunteer Centre, North London, Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, London N14 4HE  book using Eventbrite here.

Both meetings will give an introduction to our work in El Salvador, which is the focus country this Harvest and will include a talk by Clare Dixon from our Latin America team. Clare has been playing a major part in CAFOD’s work to keep up work begun in Blessed Oscar Romero’s time to ensure that the voice of the poor and persecuted is not silenced in El Salvador. Continue reading

John Mooney RIP

CAFOD is sad to report the death of John Mooney, a CAFOD volunteer who sadly passed away on Friday 26 May.

John Mooney with Mariantha Fomenky celebrating the Live Simply award

We remember John Mooney, may he rest in peace.

We remember CAFOD Volunteer John Mooney, as he is welcomed into the heavenly city of the Lord.

John has been a volunteer in Westminster for almost 15 years both in West Green Parish and the Haringey Deanery. He was instrumental in making his Parish the first Live Simply Parish in the Diocese.

His funeral will be held on Monday 19 June at 9.15am, at St John Vianney RC Church, 4 Vincent Road, West Green, London N15 3QH.

See recent our blog about John where we celebrated the support he offered to CAFOD over the years: John Mooney Blog.

God Bless him and his family.