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!”

Remember Loved Ones at November Memorial Mass

CAFOD are offering an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died with a memorial mass this November.

Memorial Mass

The memorial mass will be held in Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The memorial mass for the Nottingham diocese is taking place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on Monday November 13 at 7pm.

At the mass, a book of remembrance will be presented by CAFOD. This will include names of supporters who have sadly passed away during the year.

CAFOD representative in Nottingham, Maggie Mairura, said: “This is a lovely way to remember loved ones and anyone is welcome to join us for the mass.

“This is CAFOD’s opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made. Without them we would not be able to reach those most in need.”

You can add a loved one’s name to the book of remembrance by emailing remembrance@cafod.org.uk or calling 020 7095 5348.

For more information, visit our website.

Come and join us for a Philippines webinar!

Having spent time visiting CAFOD partners in the Philippines in July, Maggie Mairura, David Brinn and Ged Edwards are preparing to share their experiences for you to enjoy.

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Maggie Mairura, David Brinn and Ged Edwards spent time in the Philippines

On Wednesday September 13, all are welcome to join a webinar from 1pm until 2pm where the trio will talk about their work alongside CAFOD partners NASSA and Caritas Philippines.

To register for the webinar, simply click here to follow the link.

CAFOD started working in the Philippines in 1969, when a typhoon struck the country.

Afterwards CAFOD began defending human rights at the height of martial law in the 1970s. Much of the recent work has been on the southern island of Mindanao, where fighting between Islamic separatists and Philippine forces is common.

For more information on CAFOD’s work in the Philippines, visit our website.