a Zoom Retreat/Conference, 22nd-25th January 2021.

It is a long weekend of talks and discussions on zoom, and practical activities, on living the message of Laudato Si’ in and through your parish. Any interested parishioner is most welcome to join. The weekend is aimed especially at people with parish responsibilities or who are part of or want to start a relevant parish group. Sessions will be on Friday night, Saturday morning and night, Sunday afternoon and night and Monday night (leaving people free during the day on Monday). It is organised by Sr Margaret Atkins, an Augustinian Canoness at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria, a teacher of philosophy and theology, with a lifelong interest in the natural world, and author of Catholics and Our Common Home: Caring for the Planet in a Time of Crisis (CTS). Bishop Philip will be speaking at the Concluding Session on Monday evening 25th January at 7.30 pm. Cost - voluntary donations gratefully accepted, but there will be no fee for the weekend. To apply, simply email Sr Margaret Atkins on

10th January 2021

Why the eyes of the world will be on the UK in 2021

The UK government will be hosting two major international meetings this year.

The G7 summit will bring together the heads of government from seven of the world's richest countries and will take place in summer 2021.

The UK will also be hosting the UN ‘COP26’ climate talks in Glasgow between 1-12 November 2021. This will be the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil.

Between now and then we will all be asked to help campaign. To be an efficient campaigner, the first thing to do is sign up for 'action news'. You can sign up for Cafod's action news at

CAFOD   January 2021


Thank you so much for your support this year. I hope in these difficult times the resources shared below support you and the community. We know that it has been a difficult time for our churches, and we are truly grateful that you did not forget our brothers and sisters across the world. The need this year has been huge and challenging across the world. But thanks to you we have been able to continue our international work. Through CAFOD you have supported some of poorest communities most impacted by the virus. You have reached people in more than 33 countries, with over six million people receiving health and prevention advice and more than half a million people receiving safe hygiene supplies and services to prevent and reduce infection. Many more poor and vulnerable families have been supported with food supplies when there was no way to earn a living in the face of lockdown.

Your care for others meant that we were able to continue support in countries like Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil where communities were already facing the toughest of challenges before the arrival of the virus.

Kayode Akintola,

who works for CAFOD in Sierra Leone, West Africa


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.


6th October 2020

Jo Lewry reminds us that Friday 9th October is CAFOD Family Fast day and asks you to please help CAFOD to support people facing the devastating impact of coronavirus……

CAFOD is responding to the crisis caused by the pandemic in 31 countries across Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, where many families face chronic food shortages, malnutrition, and poverty as the result of coronavirus. CAFOD’s local experts throughout our global Church family are already working on the frontlines of this emergency:

setting up handwashing stations in areas without access to clean water in Bangladesh.

providing PPE for health workers in Sierra Leone.

supplying books and pencils to children so they can study from home while schools are closed in Zimbabwe.

helping farmers safely sell their produce in Bolivia.

and delivering food packages to city-dwellers who can’t go out to work in Brazil.

On this Family Fast Day, let us stand alongside the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world, those who are already disadvantaged, and help them survive, rebuild and heal.  Now, more than ever, they need our help.

You can donate online at or by using one of the envelopes provided at church which can be posted straight to CAFOD. You can also give easily via text. Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising by telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085.

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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