Mass, CAFOD and Coffee in Fetcham

The Parish of Effingham and Fetcham hosted a lovely morning starting with weekday Mass followed by tea, coffee, cake and biscuits and hosted a visit by Martin from CAFOD Arundel and Brighton.

The Mass, offered by Fr John Inglis at the Holy Spirit in Fetcham, set off the day in a prayerful and joyful way, after which we had a decade of the rosary and then went through to the hall to enjoy hot drinks and lovely cakes.

Martin reminded us of the story of CAFOD – how a group of Catholic women came up with the idea of Family Fast Day to raise money for a Mother and Baby group on the Island of Dominica.

CAFOD's founders

CAFOD’s founders

We also touched on the different types of work that CAFOD does – Emergencies Relief, Advocacy, Long Term Development always working with and supporting our partners – trusted organisations working to combat poverty in their own communities.

We looked at the great work of our education volunteers, our MP Correspondents and all our wonderful volunteers.

We looked at our current campaign, Share the Journey, how people can walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants and ask our Prime Minister to push for international agreements which uphold their rights and dignity.

Martin speaking with the gathering in Fetcham

Martin speaking with the gathering in Fetcham

‘It was such a warm welcome,’ says Martin from CAFOD A&B. ‘The parish were warm, chatty and had lots of good questions and enthusiasm. It’s so nice to be able to visit parishes and groups like this and I’m so grateful for Chris and Moira, our Parish Volunteers, who organised the event and brought people together.

Exploring CAFOD in Woking

We would like to invite you to our Exploring CAFOD morning at St Dunstan’s Church in Woking on Friday the 26th of January

CAFOD's founders

CAFOD’s founders

Exploring CAFOD

Where does CAFOD work?

What do we do?

How can you help?

These and other questions answered

Marian stands with other members of Chinyama community veg garden with her twomonthold baby girl Talent

Marian stands with other members of Chinyama community veg garden with her two-month-old baby girl Talent

10:30am – 1pm

St Dunstan’s Catholic Church, Shaftesbury Road, Woking, Surrey. GU22 7DZ. (A 15-minute from the train station).

Tea, coffee & croissants will be provided.

All are welcome to this free event so please do consider inviting a friend or members of your J&P or CAFOD group.

Contact CAFOD A&B for more information or to let us know you’re intending to come.

01483 898 866 or

Click below for a poster to advertise the event.

UC Poster Woking Jan 2018

UC Poster Woking Jan 2018

Exploring CAFOD’s Work poster

Understanding CAFOD’s work English Martyrs Horley

Many thanks to those who attended the Understanding CAFOD afternoon at English Martyrs’ Church Horley last Saturday 1st July.

Discussing electricity statistics

Discussing electricity statistics

The meeting started off with an introduction of CAFOD’s visions and missions and how at the heart of the charity is Catholic social teaching. This was then followed by a statistics game where those attending had to match the statistics to statements, for example, how many children go to school without electricity which linked to the Power to Be campaign.

After that we looked at CAFOD’s international work and why we work with partners and countries where we work. We then discussed stewardship and how the money donated is spent. Finally we looked at the different volunteering roles and why volunteers are at the heart of CAFOD.

Many thanks to English Martyrs for hosting the event and we hope that it was an enjoyable and informative afternoon.