COVID-19 Update

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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.

North Wales community invited to join virtual prayer for global community on the frontline of Coronavirus

In the face of lockdown, communities have been pulling together to adapt and connect in new ways.

We’ve been amazed at how you, our supporters, have come together – whether it be through the facebook community or at the Sunday Children’s Liturgy – and we have lots of virtual ways to keep you updated and connected to our global communities.

Our first virtual mass

CAFOD's first virtual mass

CAFOD’s first virtual mass

Places of worship were among some of the many places forced to close as part of the fight in tackling the spread of COVID-19 but thanks to live-steaming technology, the Catholic community can still ‘congregate’ during the lockdown.

We’ve decided to hold our first ever live-steamed mass this Wednesday – and we would love for you to join us.

The mass, which will be celebrated by Fr Liam Hayes, will be taking place this Wednesday 1 April at 6pm, BST and you can register online before.

In addition to the CAFOD mass, local parishes and Cathedrals are also live-streaming services throughout the week. In Wrexham Diocese there is information about online masses and you can find out about others across the country.

Praying beyond mass

Sister Consilia Prayers Beyond mass

Sister Consilia Prayers Beyond mass

Our Theology team have published prayers on our website for all those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  

We are also holding an online prayer and reflection session, followed by a virtual coffee morning.

Beginning at 11 am, we will be welcoming supporters from across the country to join us in prayer and there will be time to break out and discuss afterwards.

Please join us on Tuesday 7 April, 11 am-12 pm – and remember your brew! Sign up here: Prayer and chat

Online talks: COVID-19 and the impact on international development

COVID-19 has now spread to every continent except Antarctica with confirmed cases in several African and Asian countries where CAFOD works.

We are now hearing about the catastrophic situations that will arise if there was an outbreak of COVID-19 in developing countries with weaker healthcare systems, or in a refugee camp with limited handwashing facilities.

Through the church, we can reach communities that others can’t – and you can find out more on Thursday 2 April, 11 am-12 pm. Sign up here: COVID-19 and the impact on international development.

Final thoughts

CAFOD Climate Champions

CAFOD Climate Champions

We would really like to stay connected and reach out to our wider North Wales community. Do let us know if you’ve heard of any heart-warming stories from any North Wales parishes that we could share or if you have any ideas about how to bring our community together.

Michael North Wales Campaigner meets MP.

At The Time Is Now Mass lobby at parliament we’re campaigning all government departments to urgently bring forward policies to achieve net zero emissions. And go further, faster to achieve net zero emissions honestly, transparently and without caveats by 2045. Net zero will mean Britain no longer contributes to climate change. 

UK investment overseas and at home is consistent with keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees. This should include stopping all new public support for fossil fuels overseas.  The UK shows leadership by connecting the crises of poverty, environmental degradation and climate change, and makes concrete commitments to combat them at key international events.

Campaigner Michael From Rhyl Chris Ruane MP for Vale of Clwyd.

Campaigner Michael From Rhyl Chris Ruane MP for Vale of Clwyd.

Michael is a CAFOD campaigner from Rhyl, he said, ‘I joined 23 other constituents from the North Wales area. It was an early start for me as I’m usually in bed at midday as I work nights so 5am was a bit of a shock to the system. While we were en-route to London we were told the estimated amount of people attending this mass lobby was a massive 16,000. I had arranged to meet with my local MP Chris Ruane, Vale of Clwyd; unfortunately, due to parliamentary debates that he was involved in he wasn’t able to meet us in the line of people waiting for their MPs. Chris therefore, decided to invite us to the Houses of Parliament to meet instead. He met us along with the other people off the North Wales coach so we didn’t have to wait in a massive line to get through security and then took us to a much quieter entrance.’

“I was very impressed with the responses to questions Chris gave and he seems very hands on in his approach to helping us reach ‘net zero.’  If I have learned anything from today it would be that no matter the age difference between constituents’ we all joined together like a big knot to fight for what we believe in.”

If you are interested in joining future CAFOD campaigns, visit CAFOD website or perhaps you could organise a Creation Celebration in your parish.  Contact Colette in the volunteer centre for more information on cbyrne@cafod.org.uk or 07779 804 242.