Journey to Justice a CAFOD retreat on Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Please come to our CAFOD retreat on Saturday 2nd December at St Cuthman’s Retreat Centre, Cowfold road, Shipley, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8QL from 10am to 4pm . Listening to the poor, reflecting on the scriptures and engaging with political realities transformed Oscar Romero into one of the Church’s most respected and inspirational figures. His legacy of radical love lives on 100 years after his birth.

At this CAFOD retreat you are invited to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. Take time to reflect on your own journey of transformation, and be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today.

Please book your place here   or email or call 01483 898866

An inspiring talk at Weybridge by Fr Peter Hughes.

Fr Peter Hughes

Fr Peter Hughes

I am sure that all those who attended the talk by Fr Peter Hughes on Saturday 15th July were inspired by his stories of saying mass on a rubbish tip, with his feet slipping due to the wet rubbish and his worry about getting bitten by a stray dog he painted a very vivid picture of the life of a priest in a very impoverished part of Lima, Peru.

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Fr Peter has had a long association with CAFOD and he was the director of CEAPAZ one of CAFOD’s partner in Peru.  He is currently on the board of REPAM the church network for the Pan-amazon and he told us of the work that the church and CAFOD are doing to protect the rainforest and the lives of the indigenous people living there.  He encouraged us to get involved in campaigning by writing to our MPs about the destruction of the amazon and the effect of climate change as the forests are the lungs of the earth.

Fr Peter Hughes

Fr Peter Hughes

Maria Elena from CAFOD’s campaign team spoke to us about the Power To Be campaign and how we can get our parishes involved through card signing and a reflective liturgy. Information on which can be found by clicking the link above. Do let us know if you are interested in holding one and we can help with advertising and advice etc.


If you would like to hear Fr Peter’s talk you can sign up for an webinar on Wednesday 19th July at 1pm.

If you are not available at 1pm once you have signed up you can hear the recording at a more convenient time.

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

I would also like to thank Mary Lee our fantastic CAFOD parish volunteer at Christ Prince of Peace for organising a super lunch, and to all those who came to the talk and for their very generous donations.

The Two Michael’s Annual wheelchair push raises over £5000

The Two Michael's in their fifth annual big push

The Two Michael’s in their fifth annual big push

Two church friends have raised over £1,200 for charity with their Fifth Annual Wheelchair push, meaning the total made over the past five years has surpassed £5000.

Five years ago Michael Haywood decided that he’d like to fund raise for charity and chose to do a sponsored wheelchair push.  Fellow parishioner at St. Leonards, Michael Richardson, was recruited as the ‘driver’ and after the success of the first year, they haven’t looked back.

On 24th June, Michael Richardson picked Michael Haywood up after 10am mass and went down to St Leonard’s.  Michael R then pushed his friend to the old town and back again, a distance of a few miles and a route they now know well.  The whole event took around three hours and once they’d finished, they celebrated with a drink in a local café – well deserved as the weather was cold, despite it being June!

The Michaels, both parishioners at St. Leonard’s Catholic Church, have decided to split the money raised between the aid agency CAFOD and local charity Snowflake, which helps the homeless in the Hastings area.

The money given to CAFOD will help those living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture, by equipping them with the skills and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give something back to their communities.

Michael Richardson, who pushed the wheelchair, said:

“I look forward to it and to the generosity shown.  Last year a man gave me £50 and this year he said make it £70 with inflation!

“It makes you feel useful – really it is just two old men and a wheelchair, doing what we can. We will continue to do this until we cannot physically any longer and for as long as the generous sponsors donate.”

Martin Brown, from CAFOD A&B:

“A huge thank you to the two Michaels for all their support for CAFOD over the past five years!  We really appreciate your commitment to helping those in need!”