Volunteer Celebration Mass Saturday 16 June

On Saturday the 16th June at 2pm, we will be holding a Volunteer Celebration Mass for the South East of England.

This will take place close to our diocese at Our Lady, Help of Christians Parish in delightful Farnborough.

Fr Chris Vipers receiving gifts

Fr Chris Vipers receiving gifts at last year’s Mass

We will serve refreshments after and hear from Tania Doulton from our Latin America Team then hopefully go on a lovely (and not too long) walk for our Share the Journey campaign after.

During the Mass itself, Martin will be playing music but would love it if there were other musicians who wanted to join in – just let us know.

Do join us to celebrate the marvellous contribution of our volunteers to our work in the diocese and around the world.

Share the Journey LogoOur Lady Help of Christians, Farnborough, 2pm.

1A Sherborne Rd, Farnborough GU14 6JS.

A Mass Celebration of Volunteers

On Saturday the 10th of June people came from all over the South East to be part of a CAFOD Mass of Celebration for our Volunteers.

Fr Chris Vipers receiving gifts

Fr Chris Vipers receiving gifts

It was a warm and peaceful day in London, what more perfect a day to celebrate the contribution of our volunteers. People from numerous dioceses joined various CAFOD staff members from the South East and Romero House. New trustee, John Guy, who used to be a parish volunteer in Arundel and Brighton was also delighted to be able to join us in the celebration.

 

Two choir boys Martin and Stephen

Two choir boys Martin and Stephen

Fr Chris Vipers celebrated the Mass in St Mary Moorfields parish, London and made everyone feel welcome. His uplifting homily was well received and music was provided by two willing ‘choirboys’ from East Anglia and A&B and the congregation were in full and beautiful voice.

We reflected upon Jesus’ words to remain in the vine if we hope to bear fruit. We also prayed for a blessing using the prayer of St Teresa of Avila ‘Christ has no body now but yours.’

After the Mass we all headed downstairs to the full hall for cakes, refreshments and to hear a heartfelt word of thanks from Jo Kitterick, CAFOD’s Head of Parish Participation and Volunteering.

Rod Howlett Gap Year volunteer speaks about his trip to Cambodia

Rod Howlett Gap Year volunteer speaks about his trip to Cambodia

We also heard from Rod Howlett, one of our gap year volunteers. He spoke passionately and convincingly about Cambodia and the work we’re doing with our partners. Incidentally, applications are still open for this coming year’s gap year program so please do suggest it to friends and relatives. It clearly made a profound impression on Rod who spoke of having one of the most moving conversations of his life while in Cambodia.

 

Volunteers enjoying tea and cake

Tea, cake and conversation – always popular

We were delighted to meet so many volunteers and say thanks for the support of all our volunteers. Thanks also to those who weren’t able to make it, your volunteering enables us to do so much more than we ever could without it. Thanks also to Fr Chris, the parish of St Mary Moorfields and for all those who helped make the event a special occasion.

If you would like to hear Rod speak about Cambodia then join our webinar (on-line seminar – which is quite simple to be part of) then do click this link to: Book on to our Rod Howlett Cambodia Webinar.

Volunteering – The heart of CAFOD’s work

In celebration of Volunteers’ Week (1-12th June) we’d like to take the opportunity to thank  our  123 volunteers for their help and hard work throughout the year.

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Volunteers are an integral part of CAFOD and without them we could not continue to support our global brothers and sisters living in poverty.

There are over 5,000 CAFOD volunteers across England and Wales who help us throughout the year, from Speaking at Mass and helping in the volunteer centre to working overseas as part of our Step into the Gap programme.

Collectively across England and Wales our volunteers give a massive 120,000 hours of their time to help others.

Our volunteers’ in Arundel and Brighton are vital to the runDSCN2576ning of CAFOD, we simply couldn’t do it without them. We are so grateful to each and every one of them who helps at our volunteer centres, in their parishes, local schools or in the community; their dedication and hard work is second to none.

Despite all this fantastic help, we still need even more volunteers, in particular to help in Parishes, Schools and with various roles at our volunteer centre in Arundel and Brighton. So read our top tips to why you should volunteer. 

If you would like to volunteer with us please apply online or:

Telephone: 01483 898 866 Mobile: 07796 941 884 (Martin), 07710 094 447 (Jo)