What do Camberley and Bagshot, Cambodia and Pyramids have in Common?

The CAFOD team in Camberley and Bagshot parish have shared with us an excellent way by which they involve their parish in CAFOD’s mission.

‘It’s a simple idea.’ Said Jo Carroll, CAFOD’s parish volunteer and team leader. ‘We give out pyramid boxes in June and we collect them later – mainly in September. That’s it.

‘We have been doing it for a few years and it has taken a little while to properly get going but people are now used to the idea.’

Camberley and Bagshot poster for CAFOD Pyramid Boxes for Connect2: Cambodia.

Camberley and Bagshot poster for CAFOD Pyramid Boxes for Connect2: Cambodia.

The parish is part of Connect2: Cambodia whereby the build a relationship with one of a few CAFOD-supported communities and raise funds for this support. Having this relationship is a win-win situation. The parish community gets to know a community abroad, knows where their funding is going but is under no pressure to raise particular amounts of money at any particular times. It’s also great for the focus community; not only are they supported but they know that people thousands of miles away care about them and are praying about them.

CAFOD group at Camberley and Bagshot

CAFOD group at Camberley and Bagshot

‘This year,’ Jo said, ‘People brought in their boxes and together they contained over one thousand pounds.’ This is an amazing amount and can make such a difference. As it says on the parish’s poster, small change can make a BIG CHANGE.

Our thanks go to Jo, the CAFOD team and all our friends and supporters in Camberley and Bagshot – not least those who count the change!

So to answer the question, What do Camberley and Bagshot, Cambodia and Pyramids have in Common? The answer is CAFOD’s Connect2: Cambodia.

To order pyramid boxes or many other resources such as prayer cards, T-shirts or books, please go to the on-line CAFOD Shop.

Amount raised in 2017 for Connect2: Cambodia tops £2000

Soup lunch poster

Camberley and Bagshot Catholic Parish held a soup lunch on 30 November which raised £310 for Connect2: Cambodia. This brings the total raised in 2017 for this Connect 2 scheme to just over £2280. Amazing!

Connect2 is a scheme which allows your parish to connect to one of five countries: Cambodia, Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Peru. You will receive updates about a community in your chosen country, and in return you can support that community by praying, fundraising and providing updates from your community.

If you would like your parish to sign up to Connect2, click on this form.  Meanwhile, our thanks to Camberley and Bagshot for their continued and generous support of Connect2: Cambodia.

A Three Course Meal for a Fiver in St Leonard’s

Kevin and Linda Dignum, parish volunteers from the Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury in the Parish of the Good Shepherd, St. Leonards-on-Sea tell us about their recent Harvest Supper.

A Harvest of Plenty (of cheese, bread, salad etc).

A Harvest of Plenty (of cheese, bread, salad etc) – Just one of the courses on offer!

The sum of £454.70 was raised for Connect2:Peru at our annual Harvest Supper on Sunday October 1st. This year the menu consisted of home-made soup, a Ploughman’s supper and apple crumble – a 3 course meal for £5!

The CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Prayer cards were on the tables and used for our Grace.  Harvest Gifts which had been donated at the morning’s Harvest Festival Mass were sold and the usual raffle was held.

We are extremely grateful to Sheila and Theresa for all their hard work in organising the event this year and for doing the catering –   a very successful evening enjoyed by about 60 parishioners.

Our thanks go to Kevin and Linda, Sheila and Theresa and the Parish of the Good Shepherd for their kind support and generosity.

A Harvest Offering. Food donated was sold to help fund work in Peru.

A Harvest Offering. Food donated was sold to help fund work in Peru.