Canon David Ryan with the Lampedusa Cross
A special Mass was offered for refugees of the world in the presence of the Lampedusa Cross recently at the Church in Bath. Linking the gospel of the blind man cured by Jesus Christ in his homily, Parish Priest, Canon David Ryan reflected on how Pope Francis was made aware of the plight and suffering of refugees when he was invited to the island of Lampedusa by the parish priest.
Altar servers with the Lampedusa Cross with Canon David Ryan looking on.
Find out more about how you can be involved in the work supporting Refugees through CAFOD.
On Monday May 15th, CAFOD Schools Volunteer Clara Nickols visited Christ the King Primary school to be presented with a cheque for the funds collected on behalf of the CAFOD for Lent appeal.
The staff and children had used the Lent primary resources provided by CAFOD which included a Lent calendar, suggestions for a Lent assembly and loads of fundraising ideas to grab children’s imagination. These resources enabled them to tell the story of Florence from Zambia and how her life has been transformed by a little fish called Bob.
Clara said about the visit: “It went very well. The pupils know me now and everyone enjoyed my short thank you speech. Dee Higgins, the School Chaplain, made a certificate to give me of the money raised. The school did so well – £1000 raised for CAFOD!
Dee has outlined that the school is interested in the Power to Be assembly and campaign in September and are looking forward to another possible visit from Clara then.
Parishioners from Christ The King in Thornbury gathered in Porch House, their 15th century hall, to take part in a refugee pilgrimage event, which was led by CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator, Liz Baldwin.
Thanks to the organisers!
Liz presented an overview of CAFOD’s work in support of refugees, both in the Middle East and in reception centres in Europe, together with an update from Syria, where CAFOD partners continue to provide help to families in exceptionally difficult circumstances. She then led us through the ‘pilgrimage’ itself, based on a CAFOD Refugee liturgy, including prayer and reflection from across the
Borderlands, the Bristol-based charity working with refugees and asylum seekers then helped us to focus on what is being done locally. The two speakers, Caroline and Charlotte, gave us a positive picture of the help that they provide.
In return the refugees provide their skills and gifts. Together, this provides and enables a small but extremely valuable centre of support and hope.
Over tea and cake at the end, we discussed plans for Thornbury Churches Together to commit on-going support for Borderlands.
From which countries do refugees come?
We were encouraged by these talks, and the efforts made locally more widely, by CAFOD and its partners to support refugees.
It was good to feel so encouraged in the face of news that can seem so negative at times.
Thank you to Liz for leading us through such an encouraging afternoon.
Members of other local churches were also present