April Newsletter

I hope you had a lovely Easter. Welcome to our April newsletter update.

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Thank you for making a difference this Lent in your parish and school community. Our Lenten campaign ‘Turn on the Taps’ has been extremely successful and so far we have raised in excess of £80,000 from our diocese alone. That will be worth – thanks to matched funding – twice as much for people living in poverty around the world. Our campaign still continues until May. Please make sure the gifts raised in your parish are sent to Romero House as soon as possible.

What happened to the monies raised for our water and sanitation programmes back in 2012 when we first had match funding? Watch a new film by CAFOD gap year volunteer Jason which shows the impact of a new irrigation system in Zimbabwe. The distance people previously had to travel to get water is staggering!

Feedback please!

We’re VERY interested to hear your feedback on Lent Fast Day and all the resources provided – so much so that we would like you to complete a special (short!) questionnaire here. It’s important for us to hear your views as you are the people on the front line who use these materials and we want to ensure they are as useful as possible.

Dates for your diaries

  • Drop-in on Monday 25th April in Our Lady’s & the Apostles, Edgeley, Stockport. Come and say hello to me and meet other volunteers.
  • Understanding CAFOD evening. An introduction to what we do and how we do it. Open to anyone who’d like to know more or be updated on how we work. 7pm at St Joseph’s, Penketh, Warrington. Please let me know if you, or anyone else, would like to come.
  • Campaign evenings Tuesday 24th May, Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26th May in venues across the diocese. Two of our campaign volunteers who went to Paris will feedback on the agreement and what future actions we can take. Please keep these dates free and I shall let you know as soon as venues have been confirmed.

Please note: there will be no Open House next Wednesday 20 April in Chester.

 Join us online for our lunchtime talk

Power to the People: Using renewable energy to tackle poverty

Date: Tuesday, 26 April at 1pm. Get the inside track on CAFOD’s ‘One Climate, One World’ campaign. Hear from Policy Analyst Rob Elsworth about what really happened at the Paris climate talks and what this means for poor communities worldwide; and from Joseph Munywoki, who works alongside CAFOD partners to help people in Kenya to tackle poverty using the power of the sun.

Register online here.

Show your solidarity with refugees and migrants

During the Year of Mercy, we’re inviting parishes and schools to show solidarity with refugees and migrants fleeing conflict, poverty and climate change. Our new pilgrimage resource provides prayers, reflection and actions to use on an existing pilgrimage, or to help you organise a pilgrimage or walk in your parish or school. As part of the pilgrimage or as a separate act of solidarity, we’re asking people to write or draw messages of hope which we will share with refugees. Download or order the free pilgrimage materials, and cards to write messages of hope.

Find prayers, reflections and liturgies to share with your parish community or group.

Tell us your news

We would love to hear from you! Let us know what you’ve been up to and what your future plans are. You can send us your text and photos to shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk

And finally…

There are not enough words that can describe the gratitude we have for all of our supporters. Each and every one of you makes a difference to CAFOD’s work. Your dedication and commitment expands, enriches and supports that work. Thank you for all that you do.

God bless.

Bridget

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