Parishioners sign up to promote CAFOD at St Joseph – Thame

It was wonderful to have over 15 people come forward to volunteer in at St Joseph’s in Thame.  Debbie Purfield, coordinator for Oxford North, approached parish priest Fr David Hartley to see if the parish was willing to promote CAFOD more.  Fr David warmly invited Debbie to give a talk at all masses weekend of the 22 / 23 July.  The response was amazing considering a lot of people had already gone off for their summer break!  It was so wonderful to have people across the spectrum come forward ranging from 15  to 75 years!  Some wives were seen cajoling their husbands to sign up too.

Margaret and Jim Crisp sign Power to Be campaign cards

Margaret and Jim Crisp very kindly offered to be the parish contact and disseminate information and organise the Fast Days.  Thanks so much.  They started their role there and then by signing our Power to Be petition cards there and then!

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Fr David who was very pleasantly surprised said, “It is wonderful to see so many people come forward. I am delighted.  We can now do much more.”  Fr David also signed our Power to Be campaign card and will be encouraging the parish to be involved in campaigning too.

Fr David Hartley supporting CAFOD campaigns

Thank you to all who signed up to promote CAFOD at St Joseph’s.  Thank you for giving your time, talent and skills to help our brothers and sisters in need.  You are an inspiration!

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Many thanks to St Augustine of England parish, Solihull for their fantastic CAFOD Summer Fair Garden Party

On Saturday 8 July, St Augustine of England parish, Solihull held an afternoon summer fair garden party for CAFOD.

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CAFOD Parish Volunteer, Michael Keating, shares:

‘The summer fair garden party took place in our parish garden on a beautiful summers day. The parish garden nestles between John Lewis, Waitrose and Wetherspoon, and all tastes are catered for by all four. There were cakes in abundance, made by the Catholic Women’s League, soft drinks, tombolas and a big raffle. We had a live entertainer who sang for us during three sessions over the course of afternoon.’

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The garden party was well attended and was supported by Fr Dominic Kavanagh, Fr Paul Devaney and parishioners. The afternoon was enjoyed by all and a very generous amount was raised for CAFOD.

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A very grateful thank-you to all who attended, organised and supported the garden party and many thanks to all at St Augustine of England parish for your kind generosity, your support and your ongoing commitment to CAFOD, it is much appreciated.

Do take a browse of more photos from the garden party below:

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Parishioners from Corpus Christi Oxford open their garden to support Connect2

Heavy rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of parishioners from Corpus Christi, Oxford, when they held an Open Garden afternoon to raise funds for the CAFOD Connect2 Project with Sebeya, Ethiopia.

The rain didn’t deter 100 year old Gretta Guy from enjoying the scented flowers of the garden

The Italianate garden of parishioners Nicholas and Pam Coote has featured in books, magazines and on TV.  It is semi-formal in style, inspired by the Mediterrnean architecture of the house and a love of Italy – dramatic plants, defining hedges, a multitude of pots, decorative paths and cooling green shade.  It is regularly opened under the National Open Garden Scheme and the abundant scented flowers and mosaic water gardens are always  popular features.  On Saturday, amidst stormy rain and gusty winds, the gardens were opened to raise funds for the CAFOD project supported by the Parish.


Visitors enjoying tea and cakes under the gazebo

Parish Priest Canon Mervyn Tower, said,

“This is a beautiful Italian oasis in the centre of the Parish and it was good to see the enthusiasm of the Connect2 group and the participation of parishioners in the rain.”

Pam Coote, who collected the entry fees under a large green umbrella, said,

“I am delighted we made so much money for CAFOD despite the dire weather, due to everybody’s generosity and enthusiasm.”

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Pam Coote and Richard Brooke collect entry fees for the Open Garden event

The Justice and Peace group at the Parish had made cakes, scones with cream, and biscuits to sell at the tea stall, which retreated into the garage to avoid the downpours.  There was quite a lot left over but with ingenuity and speed they were all sold at a pop-up cake sale after the 6pm Mass that evening at Our Lady of Lourdes, Wheatley, and  the 9am Mass on Sunday morning at Corpus Christi.


The tea stall retreated into the garage!

Proceeds from the event amounted to over £250, taking the total Connect2 fund-raising to over £6,600, making a significant contribution to the Parish target to raise £7000 for Sebeya. This would be equivalent to the cost of installing an irrigation system to overcome the dry and arid conditions of Northern Ethiopia – but not of Oxford on Saturday afternoon!

Well done to all who organised the event and who attended it!

> Find out more about our CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme