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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Please help us stop the eviction of 200 families in Brazil

Volunteers, Supporters, priest and Bishop from the Oxford North and South deaneries stand in solidarity with more than 200 families facing eviction from their home in São Paulo, Brazil.  Ficamaua – Let them stay!

Volunteers and Supporters from Oxford N & S Deaneries show support for the Mauà Community

These families, many with children and vulnerable members, have lived for 10 years in the Mauà building, an abandoned hotel in the middle of Sao Paolo, which they have turned into homes.  Now, a government decision puts them in danger of being made homeless. You can learn more about the Mauà Community eviction here.

Bishop William & Debbie Purfield in solidarity with the Maua community

Sandra & Fr Naz : Let them stay

The situation is urgent. Following a recent court notice, families will be forced out of their homes by police at 6am, 22 October, unless the court decision is reversed.  CAFOD’s partner APOIO tells us that the only hope is to put pressure on political authorities to step in and stop the eviction.

Will you stand in solidarity with  these families and add your voice to ask the Brazilian authorities to suspend the eviction and to negotiate a just and permanent solution? Take a minute to read and sign the petition

Debbie Purfield – CAFOD coordinator said, “We want to show the Mauà community that we are supporting and praying for them… that we stand alongside them at this very distressing time.  They are not alone! Ficamaua !”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>  Please sign  the petition asking the Brazilian authorities to suspend the eviction and to negotiate a just, permanent solution

 

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!