CAFOD volunteers and supporters get inspired for Harvest Fast Day in Oxford

On Saturday 30 September, 20 CAFOD volunteers and supporters from the Oxford Deaneries gathered for an inspirational morning of learning, questioning and idea-sharing in preparation for Harvest Fast Day and the further development of parish activities.

Harvest 2017 Supporters’ Day Oxford Deaneries

CAFOD volunteer and Trustee John Guy writes :

Bishop William on Sudan and South Sudan

“The morning was the brainchild of CAFOD Coordinator, Debbie Purfield, who invited Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop responsible for the southern region of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, to introduce the day with fascinating insights into his work in Sudan and South Sudan. He described the role of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in supporting the Church in the two countries, and his particular role as former President of Caritas Europe in wider aspects of supporting the Peace and Justice in many war-torn countries.  He emphasized the important work and success of CAFOD as the official agency of the Bishops’ Conference for overseas development and its relationship to the wider international Caritas group; CAFOD is a widely-respected NGO and one of the few permitted to work in South Sudan by the Government.

Bishop William Kenney shares his experiences of Sudan and South Sudan

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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!

Bishop William supports the Power to Be Campaign

CAFOD Coordinators Lizzie Wignall and Debbie Purfield had their annual meeting with Bishop William Kenney who was very supportive and delighted to hear how parish involvement across the south of the diocese where Lizzie and Debbie are focusing on has risen over the past year.

Lizzie, Bishop William and Debbie support renewable energy for the poorest

Lizzie showed Bishop William some crosses with really moving words made by primary school children when they heard about the refugee crisis and Debbie mentioned how 17 people came forward recently at St Joseph’s (Thame) to be parish volunteers for CAFOD.

Bishop William and Lizzie support the Power to Be campaign

 

Bishop WIlliam was moved by the crosses which he read and was delighted to hear how a lot more parishes were supporting CAFOD not only through donations but also by campaigning and prayer.

 

 

To show his solidarity and support the Power to Be campaign, Bishop William signed the petition card calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people.  He said,  ‘What is important is that people are at the centre not economic systems.’

Bishop William Kenney signs the Power to Be petition

Thank you Bishop William for your continued support!

 

Bishop William will be sharing his experience of Sudan and South Sudan on the following dates:

Date : 30 September 2017

Venue : Our Lady Help of Christians, 59 Hollow Way, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2ND.

Time : 10am for 10:30am – 1:30pm followed by a shared lunch till 2:30pm.

All welcome! Bring a friend along too.  Please book : dpurfield@cafod.org.uk or 01844 264723

Date : 28 September 2017

Venue : Sacred Heart, 17 Lime Tree Avenue, Bilton, Rugby, CV22 7QT

Time : 7pm (teas and coffees) for 7:30pm-9pm. 

All welcome! Bring a friend along too. Please book : ewignall@cafod.org.uk or 01922 722944