Corpus Christi parish in Weston-Super-Mare does brilliantly for CAFOD Harvest Fast Day
Parishioners Alan and Linda Malone of Corpus Christi parish in Weston-Super-Mare wrote to thank all the parishioners there on behalf of CAFOD, parish volunteer Chris Davies outlines. The parish managed to raise for the Harvest Fast day collection £1105.92 of which £587.77 was Gift Aided. The parish held an auction of harvest produce too, raising a further £75 bringing CAFOD a wonderful total. A special thanks went to the parish auctioneer and his trusty helper who collected the money, as well as many thanks to all who contributed or helped in any way.
Some of the gifts placed at the foor of the altar
A reminder for any of us; if you forgot your envelope last week, CAFOD is still receiving donations for Harvest Fast Day – . Alternatively click this link.
On Saturday21st July St Joseph’s Peasedown held their Share the Journey CAFOD Refugee Walk from Beacon Hill Wood to St Aldhelm’s well in Doulting. During the journey they reflected on the personal stories of refugees such as Khodesa from Myanmar. Mohammed whose family fled from Damascus and David from Sudan.
After visiting the well, the group continued on to St Aldhelm’s C of E Church, Doulting who were holding a Flower Festival. The parishioners welcomed them with tea and cake – a very welcome welcome after a hot walk!
The walk was organized by Peter and Anne Barrett. The parish of St Joseph’s has now contributed 1/400th of the total target for CAFOD supporters all over England and Wales who are walking ‘around the world’ (24,900 miles) in solidarity with refugees and migrants all over the world.
The group all signed our Share the Journey cards and Anne kindly sent them in to CAFOD – a fantastic effort by St Josephs!
CAFOD Parish Volunteer David Bray writes about his attendance at the YOUTH FOR CHRIST (Bristol) Event at the Park campus Knowles Bristol.
Youth for Christ leader Jamella Asotigue enthusiastically shared with David when he visited the event, that the group had chosen to donate to CAFOD because ” we want to be champions for the poor”. She continued by outlining that YOUTH FOR CHRIST are Christ centric, and that they had supported CAFOD previously via activities at school and in the church’s they attend, and as a result know that CAFOD really helps the poor worldwide.
Jamella Asotigue (left in black) Youth for Christ Area Lead.
Marianne Vasquez (right) YFC member and host for the event.
David outlines “There was much love and friendship between the youngsters who clearly had dignity and respect for each other and for their elders. They opened the afternoon with a prayer and followed it with the OUR FATHER.
To be honest it took me back just how aware of God’s presence they all seemed. Everyone of them joined in and they meant what they were saying. Christ lives in the hearts of these Filipino children”.
As part of the event, David gave a short talk on how CAFOD has been working in the Philippines since 1969, working through local NGOs and churches for human rights and the sustainability of those projects, as well as during emergencies. David also explained that if they put their donation in under the lent appeal it would be matched pound for pound by UK government making a real difference, through Match Funding.