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

Voices from the Field – Father Peter Delivers Inspirational Talk

Inspirational talks from Father Peter on the challenges of Laudato Si’.

Father Peter Hughes Delivering His Talk

Father Peter Hughes Delivering His Talk

This month, we were very fortunate to host two talks by Father Peter about the challenges of Laudato Si’, what it really means to be a Catholic, and the question of poverty. He delivered an inspirational message at Comboni Missionary Sisters, Chiswick on Friday 14 July and at St Peter and St Paul Parish in Northfields, Ealing on Wednesday 19 July.

Several members of the local parish and community attended, and were invited to participate in a card-signing to show their support for CAFOD and this year’s Harvest Fast Day Appeal in El Salvador. Continue reading

Parishioners enjoy an Authentic Indian Curry in aid of CAFOD

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Over 100 parishioners from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George Church, Enfield sat down to enjoy a lovely Authentic Indian Curry in aid of CAFOD last Sunday 9th July

The charity Lunch in aid of CAFOD was organised by the Enfield Malayali Association UK (ENMA). Enfield Malayali Association (ENMA) is a cultural organisation representing the tradition and rich heritage of the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Volunteers from ENMA prepared a delicious three course lunch including onion Bhaji, samosa, vada, butter Chicken, mattar paneer, rice and payasam.

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Parishioner Mike Mackenzie, who also volunteers for CAFOD by speaking at Mass every Fast Day said “the curry was so lovely. I ordered a take away for my Mum and Dad too. “

During the lunch CAFOD’s local representative, Tony Sheen gave a short talk thanking all involved.

Tony shared about how the funds raised would help CAFOD’s work overseas, both responding to emergencies such as the current crisis in Syria and supporting long term programmes of work helping communities stand on their own. He also spoke about CAFOD’s campaign work, currently tackling climate change. He introduced CAFOD’s Power to Be Campaign and invited guests to sign a campaign card to the World Bank. For further details about the campaign click here.

Beena and Son IMG_20170709_130915431_HDREvent organiser Beena George said that she hopes to present CAFOD with a cheque for £1111, in the next week or so.

Thank you so much to Enfield Malayali Association for supporting the work of CAFOD.