Mass, CAFOD and Coffee in Fetcham

The Parish of Effingham and Fetcham hosted a lovely morning starting with weekday Mass followed by tea, coffee, cake and biscuits and hosted a visit by Martin from CAFOD Arundel and Brighton.

The Mass, offered by Fr John Inglis at the Holy Spirit in Fetcham, set off the day in a prayerful and joyful way, after which we had a decade of the rosary and then went through to the hall to enjoy hot drinks and lovely cakes.

Martin reminded us of the story of CAFOD – how a group of Catholic women came up with the idea of Family Fast Day to raise money for a Mother and Baby group on the Island of Dominica.

CAFOD's founders

CAFOD’s founders

We also touched on the different types of work that CAFOD does – Emergencies Relief, Advocacy, Long Term Development always working with and supporting our partners – trusted organisations working to combat poverty in their own communities.

We looked at the great work of our education volunteers, our MP Correspondents and all our wonderful volunteers.

We looked at our current campaign, Share the Journey, how people can walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants and ask our Prime Minister to push for international agreements which uphold their rights and dignity.

Martin speaking with the gathering in Fetcham

Martin speaking with the gathering in Fetcham

‘It was such a warm welcome,’ says Martin from CAFOD A&B. ‘The parish were warm, chatty and had lots of good questions and enthusiasm. It’s so nice to be able to visit parishes and groups like this and I’m so grateful for Chris and Moira, our Parish Volunteers, who organised the event and brought people together.