Nottingham Pupils Become YouTube Stars

Nottingham school children have become YouTube stars after using eight different languages to make their own prayer video.

There are eight different nationalities at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy and all feature in the video, where the ‘Our Father’ prayer is spoken in English, Spanish, Irish, Dutch, Romanian, Slovak, Polish and Italian.

The YouTube clip has now been viewed more than 400 times since it was put online under two weeks ago.

The footage is based on CAFOD’s ‘Our Father’ video and was put together in a matter of hours. The children were left feeling honoured to have taken part.

Year 5 pupil George said: “When I was told I would be speaking a line in Italian I felt a sudden rush of excitement!

“It was a coincidence because the day before my Dad taught me how to say the Our Father in Italian!”

There are eight different nationalities at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy and all feature in the video, where the ‘Our Father’ prayer is spoken in English, Spanish, Irish, Dutch, Romanian, Slovak, Polish and Italian.

Deputy Head Teacher Jody Murfin came up with the idea for the video and shot it alongside fellow teacher Sean Westerman.

He said: “I thought it would be a good idea to help the pupils understand the power of prayer and remember people less fortunate than ourselves as Pope Francis calls the Our Father the ‘prayer of the poor.’

“The children were all really enthusiastic and there were a huge number wanting to take part. The children who did were brilliant and got their parts done in minutes!

“The feedback we have got has been overwhelmingly positive and we can use the video to promote anti-bullying too.

“Because of the impact and the positive response I would do another one in a heartbeat, the next one will possibly be for advent.”

CAFOD first produced the ‘Our Father’ video in October.

CAFOD representative in Nottingham, Maggie Mairura, said: “This is a really powerful video and the staff and pupils at Holy Trinity should be proud of their efforts.

“I am looking forward to seeing the next video they come up with!”

Journey to Justice: A CAFOD retreat

In November 2017, CAFOD ran twelve day retreats for volunteers across England and Wales. Maggie Mairura from CAFOD Nottingham asked two campaigners – Rose and Veronica – to share what the day meant to them.

Bamford scenes

The Hope Valley

The simplicity of the Quaker Retreat house and the stunning scenery provided a wonderful setting for our day.

Volunteers from Birmingham, Hallam and Nottingham Dioceses came together to reflect on the life of Blessed Oscar Romero, hear about our partners overseas who work to defend human rights and to share the stories of our faith journeys.

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Rose – Hallam  “I came to the Romero retreat wounded and in pain over the goings on in my home country Malta. A journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had been killed in a car bomb after writing blogs exposing corruption in the country.  The retreat provided me with an opportunity to start to heal my grief by reflecting on other courageous people, throughout the world, who are also involved in the pursuit of justice at great personal cost.


Time to reflect on the life of Blessed Oscar Romero

“Reflecting on how Romero himself was moved to act following the murder of one of his Jesuit friends, gave me the courage to think we can all be braver once we allow ourselves to be instruments of change. The venue was excellent and it was lovely to meet other CAFOD supporters and share encounters with them.”

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Veronica – Nottingham   “I found the retreat day at the Quaker Community House in Bamford very wholesome  for body and for soul. The food was tasty and the spiritual guidance first-class.

Bamford lunch

Time to nourish the body and soul!

“The day was the antithesis given by the image of a church like a room with the door held tightly shut –  within a dank unhealthy atmosphere of stultifying decay (an image I have over- embroidered perhaps from the one given by Pope Francis).

“I was taken by the reason for choosing the venue: on the boundary between Nottingham and Hallam dioceses. Many parishes have been part of a process of reorganisation which has led to a change in mass timetables, parish priests saying mass in more than one parish and parishioners attending other churches.

“When asked how these changes going one person explained that it was going splendidly: it was like a breath of fresh air. I thought that was like the retreat day: an opportunity to meet and share ideas.

“The encounters I experienced during the day were challenging and thought-provoking. They helped me to think about the people in my life and the challenging experiences that have been a significant part in my faith formation.

Bamford reflections

Time to share our journey of faith

“The day gave me the time to reflect and to wonder at the great good fortune I have to encounter God’s own people on this earth and to remember the responsibility laid upon me: to love my neighbour as myself.

“Meeting at the boundary is an opportunity to grow in faith.”



Nottingham Volunteer Hopes To Inspire Climate Change Action

A Nottingham volunteer hopes his passion will inspire others to help combat climate change in his new role with aid agency CAFOD


Climate Champion Tom Beall

Tom Beall has been chosen as a Climate Champion by the agency, which will see him travel to Brussels by train in July for a sustainability workshop.
When 20-year-old Tom returns from the workshop, he will be raising awareness about climate change, sustainable living and CAFOD campaigns in the local community.

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