Next week is National Volunteer’s Week and so it is a perfect and timely opportunity to say ‘THANK YOU’. At St Barnabas Cathedral on Thursday 7 June at 1pm, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be said for all our volunteers from across the North East Region – the dioceses of Hexham & Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hallam and Nottingham. All are welcome.
CAFOD’s founding mothers were volunteers who organised the very first Family Fast Day in 1960 and raised funds for one project in one country. Now the Catholic community in England & Wales supports over 500 programmes in 43 countries. This is because of the amazing generosity of individuals, parishes, schools, groups and communities.
But it doesn’t just happen………
Fast day collections happen because someone organises the envelopes to be given out and puts the poster on the noticeboard.
A Harvest Supper happens because someone gathers a few people together to make the soup and get the parish hall ready.
A school takes part in a CAFOD campaign because someone has volunteered their time and passion for a just world by becoming a school volunteer and has done a school assembly.
Someone orders the campaign cards and invites parishioners to sign them; which meant in December 2017 the World Bank took a big step to protect the planet and the poorest people by stating it will stop support for oil and gas after 2019.
Someone arranges for the confirmation group to use the CAFOD Stations of the Cross during Lent.
Someone comes into the Volunteer Centre every week to record school and parish activities and keep things running smoothly!
A school raises over £1000 during Lent, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of someone at school
Someone organises that instead of buying Christmas Cards for each other, the parish buy World Gifts.
Someone shares their gifts and talents by organising a concert or carol singing for CAFOD.
Are YOU that someone? THANK YOU!
Would you like to BE that someone? THANK YOU!
Find out more here about volunteering with CAFOD