On Saturday 17 June, Birmingham East CAFOD supporters gathered at Mother of God and Guardian Angels parish, Shard End to hear about CAFOD’s work in Cambodia.
Step into the Gap Volunteer, Charlotte Bray, shared moving accounts of communities, projects and partners visited during her recent visit to Cambodia.
We heard about how water and sanitation, sustainable agriculture and income generation, and community empowerment projects are helping to transform the lives of communities there. To find out more, do read Charlotte’s reflection, The Power of an Encounter .We then found out about our latest campaign, Power to be , which calls on the World Bank to support local, renewable energy so that children everywhere have the power to achieve great things and lift themselves out of poverty.
Thank-you very much to Mother of God and Guardian Angels parish for hosting us, and to all who joined for your energy, enthusiasm and thoughtful questions.
This week is Refugee Week. In Stratford-upon-Avon, a Vigil for Refugees, focusing on the Lampedusa Cross , will take place in the Guild Chapel on Wednesday 21 June, 3-5pm. All very welcome to attend. Do read on for more details.
Roger Matthews, the Chair of Welcome Here, shares:
‘People in Stratford will be able to find out more about refugees locally, nationally and internationally during Refugee Week 2017, which will run from Monday 19 June to Sunday 25 June on the theme Different Pasts, Shared Future.
At the heart of the week will be a Vigil for Refugees, to be held 3.00 – 5.00 on the afternoon of Wednesday 21 June at the Guild Chapel, Chapel Lane, Stratford CV37 6EP.
The vigil is being organised by Welcome Here, the group that has been set up by local people to provide a community welcome to Syrian refugees coming to Stratford under the Government’s resettlement programme. And the vigil is being supported by local churches and faith groups.
Special help is being provided by St Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church in Stratford, which is providing a Lampedusa cross as a focus for the vigil. Lampedusa crosses are made out of the driftwood from wrecked boats that refugees have used to try to cross the Mediterranean, and Pope Francis has carried a Lampedusa cross at a memorial mass for refugees who have died.
The vigil is open to everyone, whether a churchgoer or not. It will provide time for silent prayer and contemplation as well as opportunities for sharing thoughts or readings with others. People will be welcome to take part for a few minutes or the whole two hours.’
Listening to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: The Response of the Church in Latin America to Pope Francis’ Call
Father Peter Hughes, SSC
You are warmly invited to our CAFOD Campaigns Day
on Tuesday 11 July at 11am-3pm at St Columbans, Widney Manor Road, Solihull, B93 9AB.
Tea and coffee will be served from 10.45am and please do bring something for a bring-and-share lunch.
We will hear from Fr Peter Hughes, an Irish Columban priest from County Mayo who has spent most of his life as a missionary based in Lima, Peru.
As well as his work in some of the most desperately impoverished communities in Lima, Peter is an advisor to the Instituto Bartolome de las Casas and CELAM, the collegial council of Latin American bishops designed to promote pastoral leadership, initiatives and inspiration for the 22 bishops conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean.
We will also receive an update on our Power To Be campaign and enjoy a shared lunch together.
All are very welcome, I do hope you can join us. To confirm your place, please contact Lizzie in the Birmingham Volunteer Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01922 722 944.