The Parish of Corpus Christi in Oxford was delighted to hold one of the Diocesan Memorial Masses which pay tribute to and remember CAFOD supporters who have died. The Mass on Sunday 6 November was celebrated by Canon Mervyn Tower who, in his introduction and prayers, gave thanks for deceased supporters of CAFOD and its vital work throughout the world.
Maggie presenting the book at the offertory
The hymns, reflecting the themes of thanksgiving, justice and peace, were led by the Filipino music group and the Book of Remembrance was presented with the gifts at the Offertory and then displayed on the altar. Families and friends of CAFOD supporters were sent invitations to the Mass and everyone was invited for refreshments afterwards.
Praying for the deceased
One of our parishioners was very pleased to find the name of her husband commemorated in the Book of Remembrance which made it truly a celebration of personal and parish significance.
Thanks Canon Mervyn, Maggie & John (CAFOD volunteers) and all who organised the mass. May the souls of our dear ones rest in peace!
The Lampedusa Cross has been a strong symbol of solidarity with refugees and many parishes and schools across the diocese held special services to included the cross. Fr Paul Fitzpatrick from Scared Heart (Henley-on-Thames) was no exception. Fr Paul had the cross in his parish and involved Sacred Heart primary school as well. Fr Paul shares his thoughts about the experience :
Having the Lampedusa Cross – has been the most important privilege. It’s presence has really changed the outlook of our School, and the awareness of the parish, where we have prayed with the cross. Not only did it raise awareness but it also raised a significant amount to support the diocesan agencies working with refugees and Migrants, e.g. Fatima House. It has also helped as I seek to recruit a CAFOD volunteer in the parish.
From a personal point of view, the Lampedusa Cross has been a very powerful aid to prayer – I am very sad to see it go but hope we might have the opportunity to host the Cross, in the near future. It has done so much good.
A group of over 130 participated in a ‘walk of witness’ with a Lampedusa cross on Sunday 2 October, outside the Conservative Party Conference to show support for action to assist refugees.
Parishioners walk from St. Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, to the Conservative Party Conference to call for action to assist refugees.
Following Sunday morning Mass at St. Chad’s Cathedral, the a group of over 130 people walked along Birmingham’s historic canals, reading liturgies and reflecting on the refugee crisis, as they headed towards the Conservative Party Conference.
They were led by Archbishop of Birmingham, The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, alongside CAFOD Head of Campaigns, Dan Hale who in conjunction with Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), local charities Brushstrokes and Father Hudson’s care organised the event.