Remembering Margaret


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.

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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




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It started with a tweet!

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! 

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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.20190121_114046

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. 

A most enjoyable day! Thank you

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Preparing for Family Fast Day in NE Lincs: Part 2

As well as visiting the two wonderful schools I was given the opportunity to speak at all 4 masses. However before that I joined in the Macmillan coffee morning that was organised by Siobhan and held in the parish hall at Corpus Christi.


Margaret & Bryony, Macmillan Remembrance Tree, Cleethorpes

A wonderful turnout by the parish and local community and an amazing display of cakes! I also put a leaf with my Mum’s name on the Tree of Remembrance.  The opportunity to chat to parishioners was very welcome and I began gathering my stories of the legacy of CAFOD in the parish of Holy Trinity.  Win, a great grandmother herself now, told me about her mum Elsie who, if she had any winnings from her family card games put them in the CAFOD box.  Margaret told me of her husband Brian who had set up a second-hand book stall at St. Pius and had raised over £5k for the community in Puentecitos, El Salvador.  I met Teresa again, who I first encountered when I was Justice & Peace worker back in 2001 who is still a member of the ecumenical J&P group.  Andthen I chatted with Bryony.

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Before becoming a full time Port Chaplain, Bryony had volunteered with the Apostleship of the Sea for 4 years.  She told me of a recent crew member she had met on board one of the many ships that come into Immingham port. HT1From the Philippines, for 5 days he didn’t know if his family had survived the recent typhoon and when he finally found out they were safe it was to hear that their home had lost its  roof and many possessions lost or destroyed.  I shared with her my experiences of visiting the Philippines and that CAFOD was supporting our sister agency Caritas Philippines in responding to this recent emergency.

It is a real privilege to be able to travel around the diocese and join the community as they come together to celebrate the Eucharist. The churches in Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes all have their own unique space and identity and yet come together to be ‘part of the one body’ of the parish of Holy Trinity. HT3 It was very much appreciated that I was able to thank and affirm the parish for their amazing legacy for their support CAFOD for so many years.  Our database records go back to 1990 and in that time they have donated close to £200k to CAFOD; through Fast Day collections, responding to emergencies and the parish Connect2 scheme for El Salvador.  The challenge now is to continue that legacy and so it was good to meet the parish contacts as they plan on working together and hope to recruit to some new, younger, supporters!  But I was also reminded of the many people who support CAFOD individually and at St Mary’s on Sunday morning I was served a lovely cup of coffee by Bernadette and her daughter Lucy.  Bernadette told me of how she had started a Candlelight Fund for her mum Kathleen who died 6 years ago.  And so now we are planning to have next year’s CAFOD Memorial Mass in the parish!HT4

I enjoyed my two early morning jogs along the sand and seeing the sun rise; I was made to feel at home by Sr Ann Helen; I enjoyed delicious cake(s)! and given a very warm welcome by Fr Andrew.  So from me, a huge thank you to all in the parish and schools.  I thought I was going to serve them but I came away refreshed physically, mentally and spiritually by my time with them.