Could you be a CAFOD parish volunteer at Our

Lady of Mercy & St Joseph church, Lymington? As a volunteer in your church community you can mobilise parishioners to act for global justice. Your passion for a better world will help promote CAFOD’s Harvest and Lent fast days ,connecting your community with those overseas and enabling our sisters

and brothers in the poorest places in the world to lift themselves out of poverty. “When people are in need, giving money is not the only way to help. With volunteering, you give your time and skills to make a difference.” CAFOD Parish volunteer. Please do contact Jo Lewry for more information by email or phone 07710



CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY is on Friday 7th October.

Special collection on 8th/9th Oct. There will be envelopes placed at the back of the church. Please also remember you can donate to CAFOD online at 

PAKISTAN FLOODS APPEAL: Devastating floods have hit Pakistan,leaving millions in urgent need of help to survive. A third of the country isnow underwater (that’s an area almost the size of Great Britain). Your donation will help CAFOD’s local partners support communities with clean drinking water, food, emergency medical assistance and shelter. Please pray for those affected and donate now at

CAFOD Family Fast Day – Harvest –7th October        World Food Crisis Appeal

Millions of families are facing a food crisis that could be the worst in living memory.

Your donations can help CAFOD’s local experts to provide emergency food supplies to families in the worst affected countries in East Africa and support communities around the world working hard to put food on the table.


CAFOD Spring Raffle May 2022

Don’t miss your chance to win up to £7,000 in CAFOD’s Spring Raffle! Proceeds go to support our poorest neighbours. The raffle closes on 6 May and the draw will take place on 20 May. 

Play online

CAFOD Spring Raffle 17th April 2022

The CAFOD Spring Raffle is up and running online. The top prize is £7,000 . 

The raffle closes on 6 May and the draw will take place on 20 May.  Don’t forget to play online at Every raffle ticket you buy will help CAFOD work with developing communities across the world, providing support such as the resources and training to start a business, access to healthcare and much more.

CAFOD SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE: CAFOD has – in partnership with its sister Caritas agencies in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova –committed £100,000 on behalf of the Catholic community in England and Wales. To donate specifically to Ukraine please mark your envelope: “For Ukraine”.

For other options to help Ukraine follow the links below:

 Walk Against Hunger 2022

Cafod is inviting us to walk for our health and walk to raise funds for the world's poorest people. The idea is to find friends and family to sponsor you to walk 200K and donate online at

CAFOD and CARITAS have issued a joint statement regarding the response to the crisis in Ukraine which you can read here:

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17th March 2022

13th March 2022

CAFOD LENT APPEAL: we are receiving back envelopes for CAFOD this weekend. In light of the situation in Ukraine, CAFOD has in partnership with its sister Caritas agencies in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova – committed £100,000 on behalf of the Catholic community in England and Wales. To donate specifically to Ukraine please mark your envelope: For
Ukraine. For other options to help Ukraine follow the links below:

Special Gifts for Christmas. December 5th 2021

From chickens goats and fruit trees, to water pumps and new homes, there are increasing number of charities that offer alternative Christmas shopping schemes, where your friends and relatives receive a ‘virtual’ gift, whilst those living in poverty receive the real thing.  Visit CAFODfor ideas.

Don't forget to check last delivery dates.


28th November 2021



CAFOD will be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2022 and we will be in touch in the new year to discuss how we can share the achievements parishes have made possible in that time. But as 2021 comes to a close, I’d like to share an invitation and some resources with you.


Register for our online review of the year! We would love you and your parishioners to join us for a review of the year, where we will share all that the Catholic community has made possible this year with their support. Please join our Director Christine Allen, online on Thursday 25 November at 7pm-8pm. Register here


Sign up for our daily Advent reflections: These reflections have been very popular and offer an opportunity to pause and reflect, pray and take action as we prepare for Christmas. Visit our Interactive online Advent calendar | CAFOD for more details. There are also free Advent children’s liturgy resources that parish catechists may find useful.  Children's Liturgy | CAFOD


CAFOD 28th November 2021


CAFOD Online Advent Calendars.

CAFOD have produced a family Advent calendar with a prayer and a daily reflection behind each door. They have also produced an advent calendar and resources for young people and one for children. Check out these resources at


Charity Christmas Cards

It is estimated that £50m is raised for good causes through the sales of charity Christmas cards each year. Traidcraft charity cards have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund the valuable work of charities Traidcraft Exchange, CAFOD, SCIAF and Christian Aid.

Visit  Aim to buy your Christmas cards directly from a charity rather than from a high street chain who will take a cut!


CAFOD World Gifts. As we rejoice in once again celebrating Christmas with our loved ones, let us spread our joy around the world by having a CAFOD World Gift under the tree. From energy saving stoves to weatherproof crops to emergency shelters, CAFOD’s virtual charity gifts help transform the lives of families living in poverty. Buy online at

or pick up a catalogue from the back of church.

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When lighting your virtual candle you can share the name of the person you're praying for and add a little message or prayer to appear with your candle. Your candle will stay on the

votive stand so you can come back and visit it at any time. Each candle is accompanied by a small donation towards CAFOD’s lifesaving work with poor and vulnerable communities. CAFOD hopes you will take comfort in

knowing that your candle is shining a light of hope around the world.



CAFOD Family Fast Day - Friday, 1st October: CAFOD's local experts are helping people all over the world to adapt to climate change and protect our common home.

By donating you can help families most affected by the climate crisis. You can donate online through the CAFOD website or by using a CAFOD envelope.

You can also text CAFOD to 70580 eg Text CAFOD 10 to 70580 to give £10 or choose to give any whole amount between £1 -£20 by texting CAFOD followed by the amount you want to give.


Jo Lewry shares CAFOD’s resources for Climate Sunday 29th August 2021

The Climate Mass can take place on any Sunday before the beginning of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow on 1st November 2021. The Season of Creation from 1st September– 4th October may also be a suitable time to hold a special Mass to celebrate and give thanks for our beautiful world. You can choose to dedicate the Mass as a celebration of any Livesimply or other actions your parish has taken to care for

creation. Prepare your celebration of Climate Sunday Mass:

1. Celebrate the Mass outside in nature if possible

2. Make use of candlelight if it is an evening service

3. A bowl of soil and a bowl of seeds to represent the abundance of creation

4. A plant from a community garden, allotment, or school garden project

5. A globe to represent the earth our common home

6. Photos of your community helping to tackle the climate crisis in any way, however  small.

CAFOD responding to multiple emergencies across the world

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website:

Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times.

Thank you.

Countdown to COP26 with CAFOD 22nd August 2021

There are less than 100 days to COP26, but Rishi Sunak isn’t showing the leadership needed for the summit to be a success. We need the Chancellor to put the money on the table to prevent communities who’ve done least to cause the climate crisis from paying the biggest cost.

Time is running out. Please urge the Chancellor to act on climate before it’s too late.

Find out how at

CAFOD launches Emergency Food Crisis Appeal

August 15th 2021

CAFOD has launched an emergency food crisis appeal for families facing extreme food shortages in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. Families across these three countries face extreme hunger because of a deadly combination of Covid, climate change and protracted conflict, creating a humanitarian emergency. CAFOD has so far  committed £500,000 of generous donations. There is further need to get food and clean water to hundreds of thousands of people.

Donate online at:



Summer FUNraiser   29th June 2021

This summer, CAFOD invites us to become Summer FUNraisers!

By raising money, you’ll be helping people around the world who are suffering because of the climate crisis, the pandemic and poverty. Take on an active challenge for CAFOD this summer in celebration of the return of international sporting events! Run, cycle, swim, play tennis or football, or anything else that you love doing. You can do it on your own or with your family! You'll be helping people around the world who are suffering because of climate change. The idea is simple. Set up a Just Giving page and collect sponsors and then have fun.

To find out more visit

6th June 2021

CAFOD is continuing to campaign on climate change throughout the pandemic. The eyes of the world are on the UK as it is hosting the G7 summit in June and the UN 'COP 26' climate talks in November.

 Decisions taken at these meetings have the potential to impact the lives of millions of people across the world. Please sign the petition on the CAFOD website to reclaim our common home at:

Cyclone Yaas  Posted 30th May 2021

The Tropical Cyclone Yaas ravaged parts of India's eastern coast last week, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said the world body and its agencies stand ready to support the response efforts, while expressing concern that lack of social distancing in emergency shelters and temporary suspension of vaccination campaigns amid the COVID-19 pandemic could further complicate the health crisis.

You can continue to support India with your donations at



India is facing a devastating second wave of coronavirus. The country has confirmed more than 20 million cases and more than 200,000 deaths, with some reports concerned that the number of deaths is just the tip of the iceberg, because of under reporting. The pandemic has put a strain on the

medical infrastructure of the country, with hospitals unable to cope with the influx of patients.

Our Catholic aid agencies will be distributing medical kits and setting up temporary treatment centres as well as providing PPE to frontline health workers. You can help by donating online at


CAFOD's Harvest Fast Day (England and Wales) Friday 26th March

Although in lockdown, we can still transform lives this CAFOD Harvest Fast Day. On Friday 26th March we are asked to fast, and send the money we have saved to CAFOD.

The focus of this year's fast day is on 'Water poverty'.  By giving online  you can help provide boreholes and solar powered water pumps to remote communities. You can make sure people no longer have to spend most of their days collecting water, so they can concentrate instead on making their hopes a reality.


Super Soup Supper 2021   Be a ‘Souper’ hero!

Our three Catholic aid agencies, Trocaire, Sciaf and Cafod are all hosting Lenten appeals this year to transform lives. Consider one simple idea to become a ‘souper hero’ to help our aid agencies raise more funds.  Choose the families’ favourite soup and dish it up once a week throughout Lent with a pile of crusty bread. Ask the family to consider what savings this has made and ask them to put the money into a ‘Souper Hero’ pot. At the end of Lent contribute online to (England and Wales)

2021 CAFOD LENT APPEAL: Give today to reach vulnerable communities around the world with water and to provide other vital support.

Donate online at

You can also give via text. Text LENT to 70460 to donate £10*.

You could watch a two minute video of Abdella's daily walk for water by following this link:

Lent Appeal 2021: Abdella’s walk for water (parishes) (low music) | CAFOD - YouTube

Light A Candle In Prayer.


Here's how. 

Go to   and follow the link to 'Light a Candle In Prayer'.

Type who you are praying for.

Type in your message, make your donation, then light and place your candle on the 'virtual' votive stand.

By doing this you are making an act of remembrance, and supporting our Catholic Aid charities.

By celebrating the life of someone special, you can help to change thousands more.

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CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal


The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at