Worth Parish CAFOD Refugee Solidarity Liturgy Friday 3rd of Feb, 8pm.

You are warmly invited to Worth to join our parish for our CAFOD Refugee Solidarity Liturgy on Friday the 3rd of February at 8pm.

The Lampedusa Cross will be present to aid people’s reflection and people will have a chance to write a message of hope for refugees throughout the world.

We will be gathering with others from our local community to learn and pray in solidarity. Refugees Welcome Crawley will be in attendance and be present after the service for those who are interested in getting involved locally.

Please do get in touch for more information, all are welcome to what promises to be a moving, prayerful and unique time of prayer.

Our Lady, Help of Christians, Worth Abbey, Paddockhurst Rd, Turners Hill, Crawley. RH10 4SB

Lampedusa Cross at St Mary of the Angels Worthing

Lampedusa Cross in Worthing

Lampedusa Cross in Worthing

On the first weekend in January St Mary of the Angels Church in Worthing hosted the Lampedusa Cross as it travels around the diocese. They held a coffee morning on Friday 6th January and invited a speaker from Worthing 4 Refugees to talk to them. On Sunday parishioners were given the opportunity to write messages of hope to refugees on special cards which then be sent to CAFOD so that they can pass them on to refugees.

Many thanks to Rod Thick our CAFOD parish volunteer at St Mary of the Angels for organising the weekend.


The  Lampedusa Cross will be travelling to Worth Abbey  at the beginning of February as they are organising a special a Refugee Solidarity Liturgy on Friday 3rd February at 8pm  with an opportunity to write messages of hope to refugees. Everyone is invited and there will be refreshments afterwards.

Lampedusa Cross Arundel and BrightonThe Story of the Lampedusa Cross

Sicilian carpenter Francesco Tuccio made rough crosses from the wreckage of a boat carrying refugees that sank off the Island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. The crosses were offered to the survivors as a symbol of their rescue and a sign of hope. Pope Francis has a Lampedusa Cross as does the British museum.

People have mentioned that they found reflecting on and holding the cross a profound experience. Many pray for people who have been forced to leave home. Some reflect on what it must be like to go on such a journey. Others have mentioned reflecting that we are all refugees in the Kingdom of God, arriving on its shores with hope for a better life. Most people write a message of hope to refugees as a fruit of their reflection and a sign of solidarity and compassion. We can arrange for special cards to be delivered to your community on which people can write their messages.

If your parish or school would like to host the Lampedusa cross please get in touch with Martin or Jo on 01483 898866 or email mailto:arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

Thanks to Camberley Catholic Parish for Hosting the Memorial Mass.

Memorial mass

Fr Alex, Jo and Anne from Camberley parish.

Many thanks to Fr Alex Hill and the CAFOD parish volunteers at Camberley for hosting the Memorial Mass at St Peter and St John Church last Saturday 19th November . It was a lovely prayerful mass where we remembered all those CAFOD supporters,  friends and family members who have died. The Book of Remembrance was placed at the front of the altar with the Lampedusa cross, and contained the names of all those we were remembering at the mass including those who had left a legacy or who had a candlelight fund in memory of a loved one.