On Saturday 14th May Fr Kevin Dring welcomed parishioners from the Brighton Deanery to Sacred Heart Church, Hove to enjoy an Inter-continental breakfast with CAFOD. After a superb breakfast of sizzling bacon butties, real latte coffee and croissants, we began the morning by matching statistics to statements.
Some of the statistics we looked at were 748 million people who have no access to safe drinking water, 1.2 billion people who live on less than 80p a day, and 6.6 million children who will die before their 5th birthday. These statistics from May 2015 made us realise the need for CAFOD in our world today.
During the morning I shared my experience of being parish volunteer and how I got involved in CAFOD through campaigns such as Cancel the Debt and Make Poverty History and then invited other people to share as well.
We then looked at how CAFOD responds to situations in the world, working to build sustainable programmes in which people can lift themselves out of poverty in a truly long term and sustainable way. We also had an update on recent situations such as the success of Lent Fast Day, the Refugee Crisis and the current Ethiopia Drought.
Next we looked at the different actions we could take as individuals. parishes and deaneries to support CAFOD in their work and change some of those terrible statistics.
After that people came together in their parishes to discuss how they were going to involve parishioners in the work of CAFOD. Sacred Heart Parish were keen to organise a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage in the Brighton Deanery, visiting every church along the way. What a great idea!
We ended the morning with a reflection on the refugee crisis and signed messages of hope for refugees. Many thanks to all those who gave up their Saturday morning to come to our breakfast with CAFOD, and special thanks to the parishioners from Sacred Heart- Glenda, Roger and Shelia who cooked the breakfast and washed up afterwards. Jo Lewry
We will be holding a similar event – Coffee and Cake with CAFOD for the Epsom and Redhill Deanery at St Joseph’s Church, Epsom on Saturday 2nd July from 10:15- 12:30pm
If you would like a similar event in your deanery please contact Martin and Jo on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01483 898866.