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CAFOD Campaigners taking action against Climate Change

CAFOD Campaigners taking action against Climate Change

Thank you for your patience while we take on board the changing situation with COVID-19 and the incredibly important role you play in support of our development and humanitarian work.

Thanks to your compassion and commitment, we can reach some of the poorest and marginalised communities around the world.

The North Wales Volunteer Centre is closed (for now) – but there are still many ways to get involved!

CAFOD is following the advice issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales (CBCEW) as well as the UK government.

Following the government’s advice, we have taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face events and meetings and have closed all regional offices until at least June.

All the latest information about CAFOD’s response to COVID-19 will be on our Coronavirus Q & A and COVID-19: Information for volunteers pages.

Get in touch: Colette will still be available by mobile phone, email and via social media, so if you have any questions or thoughts do not hesitate to be in touch whatever your query:
Colette – Mobile:  07779 804 242           Email: cbyrne@cafod.org.uk

Online worship
With the Coronavirus pandemic causing masses to be cancelled, there are now lots of parishes and cathedrals offering virtual worship.
You can find out more information about local live-streamed services here:
https://www.churchservices.tv/

We’ve also created a ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ session which will take place every Sunday to help families to worship in their own homes.

Online resources
If you’re looking for community, we have a CAFOD community group on Facebook. Please do join and invite others to do the same.

If you’re a parent, we have a large range of online education resources tailored specifically for primary and secondary ages, alongside worship and prayer content.

If you’re looking to learn more about CAFOD’s international work, we will be releasing a weekly timetable of online talks.

Feel good stories
If you are a CAFOD volunteer and hear of a great story in your local parish – please let us know so we can share it on our social media channels and website.

It would be great if you would be able to email over a few sentences about what happened, along with a photo.

Prayer for the Coronavirus
Even though the volunteer centres are temporarily shut, we hope to be able to continue to offer opportunities to connect with the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world.
Please keep an eye of our social media pages for the latest updates:

Find us on Facebook  and Twitter at CAFOD in North Wales.

In the meantime, we continue to pray for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus and the healthcare workers here in the UK and overseas, who are on the frontline of this crisis – and ask that you too join us in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

CAFOD Mass for the people of Ethiopia

Join us on Friday 26 March 7-8pm for our special Mass for the people of Ethiopia. With our celebrant, Fr Mark Odion, we will hold in our prayers the people who have suffered violence and been forced to flee from their homes and those who face shortages of food, water and medication as a result of the terrible armed conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia. We pray for the Church in Ethiopia and we pray that justice and peace may prevail.

Click here to register.

Children’s Liturgy LIVE Celebrates 1st Anniversary!

CAFOD’s Children’s Liturgy LIVE celebrates one year of LIVE online streaming to Catholic families around the world.

Since the beginning of the lockdown on 22nd March last year, the online children’s platform has been a resourceful space for music, prayers and teaching every Sunday at 10am. 

Providing a place for Catholic families to connect whilst Churches have been closed, Children’s Liturgy LIVE has seen over 3,000 families take part in the LIVE sessions, they have sung the ‘Stand Up, Sit Down’ Alleluia 44 times, received over 1,500 pictures and colouring sheets from children at home and, they’ve had 20 new adult presenters and their children join in on the sessions.

Mother-of-two Eileen Hayes, one of the organisers from the Children’s Liturgy team, says that the team could never have imagined how successful the sessions would become.

“Soon after the first lockdown started, me and a few other parents at CAFOD, came together and thought: ‘How can we engage the young people of our church community?’, and that was how Children’s Liturgy LIVE started.

“Within a month, a thousand families had joined us from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. Since then, we’ve had thousands of individuals, groups and families join the sessions, with an average of 500 families tuning in each week.”

Congratulations and well done to the Children’s Liturgy team and all the families who have volunteered to make it a success, and a space for children to engage throughout lockdown.

Do you know anyone who might like to hear about the sessions? Could you let them know?

Click here to register and join the next virtual children’s liturgy on Sunday at 10am. Follow the link and click on “Enter the series” to register.

If you can’t join the live session, a recording will be available to watch afterwards. 

Parliament in your Parish

Do you want to learn step-by-step how to organise online meetings to lobby your MP? 

On Thursday 25th March and Saturday 10th April, we will be rolling out ‘Parliament in your Parish’ as part of our new campaign, Reclaim Our Common Home.

We are inviting you to organise an online meeting with other parishioners with their local MP, to discuss how we can rebuild after the pandemic in a way that makes the world a fairer place, and tackle some of the major global issues including climate change and unjust debts.

In these training sessions we will be covering everything from why faith and community participation matters and the challenges of facilitating an online meeting (and how to address them), to the keys to encourage your MP to taking action.

For those interested in joining Parliament in your Parish, we are offering a training session on two separate dates: Thursday 25 March, 6.30-8pm or Saturday 10 April, 11-12.30pm. Register your place now at cafod.org.uk/mpmeeting

If you have any questions about how to organise a Parliament in your Parish meeting, please contact PinyourP@cafod.org.uk for more information.