Parishioners from The Nativity of the Lord, walk and raise money for CAFOD

‘On a glorious autumn Sunday, parishioners from the Nativity of the Lord in Surrey set out to visit all three churches in the parish.  They formed groups of no more than six and set out ten minutes apart to conform with the latest covid regulations. 

They left the Holy Family Church and climbed Reigate Hill, crossing Gatton Park and arrived at St Teresa’s in Merstham in time for a picnic lunch. 

The second part of the walk took them past lakes and nature reserves to Redhill and St Joseph’s Church.  The walk totalled eight and a half miles, and was enjoyed by all.  In one group there were three generations walking, grandparents, daughter and grandaughter.  The final sponsorship money is still being collected, but it is expected to be around £750 in total for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal.

Story by Mary, Parish Volunteer at the ‘Nativity of the Lord’, Reigate.

CAFOD Arundel and Brighton would like to thank Mary for organising this walk and to the parishioners for supporting it.

How can we put our faith to action after this pandemic?

You’re invited to join us to discuss the world we want to create after the pandemic – one where we respond to Pope Francis’s call and ensure plans for recovering from the crisis tackle poverty, inequality and the climate emergency.

We’ll gather online for a few hours to reflect on what changes we want to see after the coronavirus crisis in participatory sessions led by practical theological Sam Ewell and climate campaigners from around the world.

We’ll also look at how we can turn Pope Francis’s most recent call to action into a reality, learning about his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.

And we’ll hear from CAFOD’s Director of Advocacy Neil Thorns on the crucial global talks the UK is hosting next year and discuss the practical steps we need to take to rebuild our common home.

This event is open to everyone who is interested in campaigning with CAFOD – new and experienced campaigners alike. All are welcome!

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Remembering our loved ones on All Souls Day

This November we are holding a special online Memorial Mass on All Souls Day to pray for our supporters and loved ones who have died.

For most of us, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years we’ve ever experienced, and the loss of our loved ones during these difficult times may have seemed unbearably hard.

At a time like this it’s important for us to remain a virtual community and stand together in prayer to remember those who are no longer with us. With all the restrictions still affecting our churches, we are hosting a special online Memorial Mass on All Souls Day.

View the Prayers on the theme of remembrance here

At Mass we will present a Book of Remembrance which includes names of supporters who have sadly passed away during the year.  We would be honoured to remember your loved ones in this way, so please don’t hesitate to add the names of your loved ones that you would like us to pray for.

View and add to the Book of Remembrance here

We hope you can join us in our LIVE Memorial Mass on Monday 2 November at 6pm. Mass will be celebrated by CAFOD’s Chair of Trustees, Bishop John Arnold, with music, readings and prayers from CAFOD staff and supporters.

Watch the LIVE streaming here. If you’d like more information, please contact Roisin at remembrance@cafod.org.uk or call her on 020 7095 5348. 

Embed link for Memorial Mass YT video: https://youtu.be/BT1hDEQKqf4

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