Pass it on: Hornchurch parish raises £380 for World Gifts

St Mary Mother of God parish in Hornchurch managed to raise an amazing £380 for World Gifts during Advent and found a creative way of showing parishioners how well they had done: they created an Advent sticker tree!

Parishioner Frances Rodgers explains:

“We  asked the children of our First Communion Group and members of our Pass it On  group to draw round their hands to make the ‘leaves’ for the sticker tree.

On the 3rd and 4th Sundays of Advent we ‘sold’ stickers for a donation for Cafod World Gifts as Christmas presents from our parish.

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The St Mary’s Advent Sticker Tree showing how many chickens, footballs and bees the parish had purchased

Frances continues:”We had Cafod meals and immunisation stickers and other stickers representing various Gifts eg chickens, footballs, bees. Angels and stars represented Emergency Water and the other gifts.

The children were given printed sticker trees and extra stickers to take home..

They loved the stickers  and the adults thought it was quite fun too!”

With their £380 total the parish purchased Chirpy Chickens, Happy Queen Bees, Drought Resistant Crops, Footballs, Immunisation stickers, Emergency water supplies and Trees for Life

Thank you to all parishioners at St Mary’s but particularly the children of the First Holy Communion group and members of the Pass it on group. We are so very grateful for your efforts and generosity. 

(The ‘Pass it on’ group is a parish group in which older generations pass on their skills, knowledge and experience to younger generations)

Remember World Gifts are available and given all year round and not just for Christmas!


CAFOD training for St Bonaventure’s CAFOD group

st bonsCAFOD school volunteers Hilary Wraight and Peter Jones visited St Bonaventure’s School in Forest Gate on November 22nd to meet and train eight year 10 students in the CAFOD school group. Using CAFOD education resources they delivered a busy morning of activities setting CAFOD in the context of the world today and Catholic Social Teaching. Students discovered how CAFOD reaches out to people in remote places through the worldwide Catholic church and Caritas International. To bring their understanding bang up to date they looked at CAFODs response to key current issues such as climate change and the refugee crisis. They found CAFOD’s new Refugee Animation for young people was especially thought provoking.

The morning ended with a discussion of how the group can develop social action in St. Bonaventure’s. Peter Jones said, ‘We were delighted with the group’s enthusiasm and energy. They came up with great new ways through which the school can Act, Pray and Give. It was a pleasure to spend time with them.’

Andy Lewis, Head of RE at St Bonaventure’s School said ‘The boys really enjoyed the workshop there were lots of opportunity for group discussion brain storming ideas and working through activities and feedback to the other boys. They were still talking about it the next day.’