Yesterday evening I attended the last of the Reflection and Discussion Evening for Parishes organised by Bishop Patrick and led by David Wells. We were invited to consider how we as individuals , as a parish, as a diocese, as a Church are living our lives as missionary disciples. It was a very inspiring and moving presentation by David; we laughed, we reflected and some of us cried.
What I took away most from the evening was the need for me to be joyful, to be vulnerable, to be open to encountering others. We are all called in our own unique way to be disciples and our journey’s are shaped and moulded by our many encounters along the way, whether joyful, painful, spiritual …………
To be a community we need to welcome, listen, be compassionate, support, pray and worship. Through our personal encounters we enrich ourselves and our communities; whether that be a parish, school, family or work.
So how can CAFOD be a part of enabling this in our Diocese? As the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in England & Wales, we offer opportunities to encounter and support our global neighbours, our global church; through campaigning, prayer, volunteering and fundraising we are here to accompany and support our Catholic community.
This morning I had the pleasure of joining Fr Peter and Fr Robert, along with some parishioners at the Wednesday morning Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Ashby de la Zouch. Today’s Mass was being said for Margaret, long standing parishioner and member of the CAFOD group who meet after Mass to raise funds each year and donate the money by buying a World Gift.
Sadly Margaret passed away on Christmas Day and I was invited to meet the group and receive a cheque for £750, being donated in Margaret’s memory and buying a Community Water Supply. This fantastic charity gift can help a community establish their own supply of clean, safe water by providing the materials and training to build and maintain hand pumps and water tanks.
I also learnt that Margaret had remembered CAFOD in her Will. Her passion and generosity for the poor will continue as a legacy in her name. Thank you Margaret
An inspirational day at the CAFOD Volunteer Centre in Bulwell. Students from Holy Trinity in Newark and English Martyrs’s in Long Eaton converged for some cross-MAT getting to know you!
What scripture shall we use for our liturgy?
It started with a tweet a few months ago when members of St Clare House at Holy Trinity focused on St Clare for the Word of the Week video. I showed this to my neighbours in the Poor Clare Monastery and a visit was arranged. The chaplaincy team at English Martyrs have chosen CAFOD to fundraise for this year so I invited them along too!
A really lovely day; after a ‘getting to know you’ Bingo icebreaker the students got into groups to prepare a liturgy; four mixed groups to prepare what we would see, hear, think and do. They then very confidently and prayerfully presented this to us and the community in the Convent Chapel.
At the end of the liturgy we were all invited to write down an act of kindness to pass on to someone else. Sr Francesca (who has been in the Poor Clare’s for 54 years) was given the task to make someone smile whilst a student from English Martyrs was encouraged to give someone a hug; it was from one of the Sisters, she told me proudly! We both love the drawing too! A short Q&A session followed and the Sisters sang a blessing as we left.
Back for lunch and then the students really got stuck in to the activity Life without Taps. Then farewells and back to school; Holy Trinity in their minibus and English Martyr’s on the tram.