Putting the pieces together: Understanding CAFOD 28/1/17:


Understanding CAFOD can be a slightly puzzling experience. There are several layers to our work, and we have a range of departments and teams working on a whole host of projects and functions. Even people who know quite a lot about us are often surprised about what we do, where we do it and how we are doing it. For example, although our work in helping to support those who are affected by famine and disaster might be more widely known, our projects to promote peace, reconciliation and human rights might be less so.

And many people are unaware of our humble beginnings back in the early 1960s and of just how much the values that inspired us then are right at the core of what we are doing now.

What makes us distinctive? How do we communicate our  work, our values and our ethos?

Put the pieces together

If you are a new or current volunteer, or someone who is just interested in our work, , then join us for a highly interesting and stimulating day at St Francis of Assisi parish hall in Stratford on Saturday 28 January from 10.30am until 4pm. Book your place by calling 01277 218730 or email brentwood@cafod.org.uk

We hope that you’ll find that there’s much more to us than you first thought!



Colourful event at Grays parish brings early Christmas cheer


The lucky winners of the raffles

The Christmas season saw several Brentwood parishes holding bazaars, quizzes and other events to fundraise for CAFOD. Our parish volunteer Patrick Meshe at St Thomas of Canterbury in Grays helped organise a lively evening of carols, prayers, raffles, good food and wine for parishioners.

In early December we organised our annual parish Christmas fundraising event for CAFOD. It was lively and great fun and attended by around 50 parishioners along with their friends and family.

As CAFOD’s parish volunteer for St Thomas’s, I opened the event with a short prayer and made a few remarks about CAFOD and its humanitarian work in various parts of the world.


Patrick (4th from the left) with fellow parishioners at St Thomas of Canterbury enjoying a lively evening

There were melodious renditions of many popular Christmas hymns and the St Thomas charismatic group gave very lively performances. Everyone was treated to warm mulled wine and minced pies. In addition we had very lively raffle session where a range of very nice prices were won. The reverse raffle was equally lively and the winner won £23.50.


Hands off! The keepers of the raffle prizes

In total, the event which was fantastically organised by Maggie Hollington and ably assisted by Ursula and Diane raised a total of £425.
We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our parish priest, Canon Brian O’Shea for his ardent and continued support for CAFOD.

Patrick Meshe

The wonderful generosity of our schools

Despite difficult economic times schools across the Brentwood Diocese have raised thousands of pounds for CAFOD this year. We’d like to pay tribute to all those pupils, staff and parents who have made this possible…

We are blessed in the Brentwood Diocese in having so many supportive schools. The list of those who have supported us through donations this year is very long and probably wouldn’t fit on the page. Many others have supported our work in other ways through prayer and engagement with our work by inviting us to visit. In fact our volunteers visited over 60% of schools in the diocese in 2015/16. Thank you for inviting us to your school.

Here are just a small number of schools who we’ve visited recently to receive donations from their fundraising during the year:


Chris receives a donation of £6,000 from St Bonaventure’s in Forest Gate


Schools volunteer Denis receives a donation from All Saints School in Dagenham


Chris receives a donation of £4,353 from St Angela’s in Forest Gate



Pupils at St Peter’s in Billericay raised £3,870 during the Christmas 2016 campaign