Our Lady of England Parish in Storrington raises £517 for Hands On

Huge congratulations to Trevor Stauss, Parish Volunteer of Our Lady of England Parish and the CAFOD Supporters Group for organising a St Patrick’s Race Night on Saturday 16 March at the Priory Hall. It was a thrilling evening of horsing racing, with a lovely fish and chip supper and a bar. There was also a raffle with some super prizes.

Overall, £517 was raised for Hands On which is a fundraising scheme that allows your parish to support a community as they undertake a three year project. Their progress is followed closely during this period.

In 50 years of conflict, Colombia has suffered so much. More than 280,000 people have been killed; 60,000 are missing and over 7.7 million have been internally displaced. Colombians are tired of being caught between government forces, guerrillas and paramilitaries. The only solution is peace.

The Hands On Project is about building a peace culture and peace education in the Magdelena Medio region in Colombia. It is a three year programme with our partner PDP (Peace and Development Programme) and is co-funded by the European Union. Over the three years, we aim to reach 2,561 students, 877 parents and around 5,000 people in total. We are working in 34 secondary schools, 4 local community groups (youth groups, women’s organisations).Students will be taught how to respond to conflict situations with words rather than physical violence.

If your parish is interested in supporting Hands On click on this link – Sign up to Hands On.

CAFOD A&B would like to thank Fr Charles Howell, Trevor Stauss, and all the CAFOD Supporters for organising the Race Night and for raising this terrific amount in support of Hands On. The most frequently received comment after The Race Night was “I didn’t know that it would be so much fun!”

St Clements becomes the 3rd Live Simply Parish in the Arundel and Brighton Diocese

St Clements Parish Church became the third Parish in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton to receive the live simply award on the 6 April 2019.

The parish started to work towards achieving the award in 2017. They were inspired by reflecting on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. They contemplated how they could best respond to the Pope’s prophetic words.

They decided that they wanted to do something practical and the Live Simply Steering Group was born.

Jonathan Inns, coordinator of the group, explained that working towards the award has brought the whole parish together. Both young and old have taken part and all of the Parish has been able to share in the achievement of receiving the award.

The process has raised awareness of green issues and highlighted the benefit of living simply so that others can simply live.

The Parish has established a vegetable garden, implemented a recycling scheme and developed a tree planting scheme for newly baptized children.

Jonathan would encourage other parishes to get involved . He explained that it has been a very rewarding faith, affirming process. 

If you would like further information on considering if this is something that might interest your parish. Look here

The Campaigns Team and CAFOD Arundel and Brighton would like to extend their congratulations to Fr Graham, Jonathan Inns, The Live Simply Steering Group and all the Parishioners at St Clements, Ewell on their outstanding achievement in gaining this award. We hope that this will inspire other parishes to follow suit.

Guiding Light

On Sunday March 24th, the Feast Day of St. Oscar Romero, CAFOD in St. Leonards Deanery held a Stations of the Cross Service based on Romero’s Reflections called “Guiding Light”.  The Service was held in the Church of Holy Redeemer, St. Leonards, in the Parish of the Good Shepherd, and was attended by about fifty people.   We were delighted to welcome Jenny Finlayson, our CAFOD Diocesan Community Participation Coordinator.  The Romero Cross was carried from Station to Station (pictured).   Hot Cross Buns, tea and coffee were served in the church hall afterwards.

Kevin and Linda Dignum Parish Volunteer Coordinators for St Leonards Deanery

CAFOD A&B would like to thank Kevin and Linda Dignum and all the Parish Volunteers and Parishioners who organised this Prayer Service.