Join us in High Wycombe or Oxford to hear about our exciting work in El Salvador

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching,! CAFOD Birmingham will be holding two sessions on Saturday 23 September in High Wycombe or Saturday 30 September in Oxford, so you can find out more about how CAFOD is making a difference in El Salvador.

Tania Dalton – CAFOD’s Latin American team (High Wycombe event) will be sharing stories of those we support in El Salvador and Bishop William Kenney (Oxford event) will be sharing his experience of Sudan and South Sudan.  Both have worked alongside our partners there and have wonderful and inspirational stories to share!

Bishop William Kenney

Tania Dalton

The sessions are as follows:

Sat 23 Sept :  Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY

Sat 30 Sept: Our Lady Help of Christians, 59 Hollow Way, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2ND

Time for both sessions :  10:15am – 2:30pm (shared lunch from 1:30pm.)

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend or would like more information by emailing dpurfield@cafod.org.uk or  calling our CAFOD  Volunteer Centre on 01844 274 723.  If you can’t make it to any of these sessions, you can still join an online briefing on 20 September , 07:00pm ‐ 08:00pm or watch the recording afterwards. You simply need to register here in advance and follow the instructions in your confirmation email.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “Plant the seeds that one day will grow.”

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Whether you’d like to speak at Mass, hold a Fast Day event or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

There are many online resources available to you too, including briefing notes, which you can find here.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you at one of our events!

Celebrating Oscar Romero

Phil MSchool Volunteer Phil Mayland reflects on his visit to St John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle under Lyme to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero.

St John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle under Lyme, held a Mission Day on Thursday 20th July, to study and reflect on the life of Blessed Oscar Romero. Each Year Group focused on a particular aspect of Romero and El Salvador, and spent time preparing for an outdoor Mass on Friday 21st July.

The school invited visitors from CAFOD and Missio to lead students in their preparation with each year group preparing specific parts of the Mass. Jo Boyce of CJM Music rehearsed the music with the school’s musicians and practiced the singing with all the students on Thursday. I was asked to work with Year 9 students, who prepared bidding prayers inspired by the life of Blessed Oscar Romero.

RomeroOther year groups worked with the  Art, Technology and English departments in designing Romero Crosses, creating large Murals depicting Romero and El Salvador and writing prayers and poetry.

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Mass was celebrated the following day. Fr Paul McNally, the school chaplain, concelebrated Mass with Fr Rob Taylerson and Fr Anton Madej. This was a very special occasion attended by the whole school and invited guests and was a fitting and memorable way to end the academic year.

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Join us at our Retreat on 18 November in Solihull to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and transform our world. 

Oscar Romero Week 2016

Archbishop Oscar Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero

As part of Oscar Romero Week which falls 15-19 March, the Birmingham Diocese will hold the annual CAFOD Romero Mass in St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham on Tuesday 8th March, 1-2pm which everyone is welcome to attend.

Every year in March, there is a week of talks and reflections to celebrate the work and legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

We, at CAFOD, work hard to raise awareness and continue in the tradition of Archbishop Romero’s social justice initiatives and work closely with the Archbishop Romero Trust.

Oscar Romero is a very important figure who spoke out against injustice and reminded us that Christ is found in people living in poverty, and that we cannot ignore the suffering of our brothers and sisters in need.

Find prayers and reflections inspired by Romero

Elected Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977, he spoke out for the victims of the civil war and denounced the violence in his region.

In the 1970s, CAFOD supported Romero’s famous radio broadcasts, which – at a time when the press was heavily censored – were often the only means by which people in El Salvador knew the truth about the atrocities occurring in their country.

When Romero’s radio station was blown up, CAFOD provided funding to rebuild it.

Archbishop Romero was shot dead on 24 March 1980, aged 62, while celebrating Mass. On the day before his assassination, he urged soldiers and police not to follow orders to kill civilians, and stop the repression.

Every day, his contribution to social justice is remembered and reflected in all the work we do.

Find out more about our work in El Salvador