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.

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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.

Donate to CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day

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.

 

Be a CAFOD School Volunteer?

So many shocks at the World Cup this year…… are we in for a chance?  Is it coming home?? Here at CAFOD in Nottingham Diocese we are delighted with our achievements and have surpassed our targets for the number of schools visited this academic year.

annHowever…….. there are parts of the Diocese that don’t have regular visits from our schools team as we don’t have any volunteers in those areas. Areas where we really need to recruit are Lincolnshire, North Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
Would you, or do you know someone, who may be interested in joining our wonderful Schools Volunteer Team? We provide excellent training and ongoing support.

Tricia and Ann completed their training last term and have been visiting schools, leading workshops on Share the Journey and presenting assemblies.  As Ann told me, “I really enjoyed the excellent training from the CAFOD Schools team and visiting schools in our Diocese.  It is a very rewarding way to spend a morning or afternoon. Come on give it a try!”

Tricia, following her visit to St Charles in Measham received letters of thanks from some of the students thanking her for her workshop

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There is plenty of time to apply and attend our two training days next term. Both days are in York, as we provide training in the Region covering the Dioceses of Hexham & Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hallam and Nottingham. It really gives you an experience of being part of something bigger, of sharing skills and knowledge and ideas.
Every term we also provide a training day for current volunteers to introduce new resources for assemblies and workshops that we can offer our schools. Why not come along to the next one to find out exactly how we work?

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Tricia at St Charles, Measham

By supporting our schools you will helping to educate and inform students about the fight against global poverty and injustice and helping them put their faith into action.

Trust me, you will be inspired, motivated, overawed and impressed by the engagement of our students!

 

DATES for next term
North East Region Training Day for current volunteers
Monday 10th September 2018 St Benedict’s Church, Garforth,  Leeds

North East Region Training Days 1 and 2 for new volunteers –
Friday September 28th & Friday November 9th in York

Don’t be shy………. give us a try!  And help bring CAFOD home to our schools!!

 

 

 

Thank you!

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. founding mothersNow 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.power to be

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 schoolctk obstacle

Someone organises that instead of buying Christmas Cards for each other, the parish buy World Gifts.

 

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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