A Harvest of Briefings, Meetings and Get-Togethers in September

Harvest is a time where we celebrate God’s generosity in the goodness and abundance of creation. We also share from our abundance with those who are in need.

Harvest Fast Day is one of our most important events of the year. We ask people to miss a meal or eat lightly, to pray for those in poverty and to donate to our work. Parishes and schools hold collections and send the donations on to us.

We organise local meetings to ensure that all our parish volunteers are up to date, know all about the stories and situations behind Fast Day and have a chance to explore the topic with other local volunteers. It gives us a great chance to meet and hear news from churches and local communities.

Blessed Oscar Romero "It is not God's will for some to have everything and others to have nothing."

Blessed Oscar Romero. Illustrator: Julie Lonnemon

This year Harvest Fast Day will focus on our work in El Salvador, quite fitting considering that it’s 100 years since Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth. We worked with Blessed Romero, not least in rebuilding his radio station when it was destroyed by his enemies.

 

 

 

We have only one briefing left, on Saturday morning in Eastbourne, do Come along!

Please do let us, or your Area Coordinator, know whether or not you are going to make it. Here is a full list of get-togethers. Also click on the image below and you’ll be taken to a google map with all the information you need.

Click to be taken to a map of our upcoming Harvest Briefings
Click to be taken to a map of our upcoming Harvest Briefings
  • 23rd September 10am to 11:30 Christ the King, Eastbourne.

Journey to Justice a CAFOD retreat on Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Please come to our CAFOD retreat on Saturday 2nd December at St Cuthman’s Retreat Centre, Cowfold road, Shipley, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8QL from 10am to 4pm . Listening to the poor, reflecting on the scriptures and engaging with political realities transformed Oscar Romero into one of the Church’s most respected and inspirational figures. His legacy of radical love lives on 100 years after his birth.

At this CAFOD retreat you are invited to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. Take time to reflect on your own journey of transformation, and be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today.

Please book your place here   or email mailto:arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

An inspiring talk at Weybridge by Fr Peter Hughes.

Fr Peter Hughes

Fr Peter Hughes

I am sure that all those who attended the talk by Fr Peter Hughes on Saturday 15th July were inspired by his stories of saying mass on a rubbish tip, with his feet slipping due to the wet rubbish and his worry about getting bitten by a stray dog he painted a very vivid picture of the life of a priest in a very impoverished part of Lima, Peru.

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Fr Peter has had a long association with CAFOD and he was the director of CEAPAZ one of CAFOD’s partner in Peru.  He is currently on the board of REPAM the church network for the Pan-amazon and he told us of the work that the church and CAFOD are doing to protect the rainforest and the lives of the indigenous people living there.  He encouraged us to get involved in campaigning by writing to our MPs about the destruction of the amazon and the effect of climate change as the forests are the lungs of the earth.

Fr Peter Hughes

Fr Peter Hughes

Maria Elena from CAFOD’s campaign team spoke to us about the Power To Be campaign and how we can get our parishes involved through card signing and a reflective liturgy. Information on which can be found by clicking the link above. Do let us know if you are interested in holding one and we can help with advertising and advice etc.

 

If you would like to hear Fr Peter’s talk you can sign up for an webinar on Wednesday 19th July at 1pm.

If you are not available at 1pm once you have signed up you can hear the recording at a more convenient time.

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

Christ Prince of Peace Weybridge

I would also like to thank Mary Lee our fantastic CAFOD parish volunteer at Christ Prince of Peace for organising a super lunch, and to all those who came to the talk and for their very generous donations.