What’s it worth, planet earth, what are you prepared to do?

This is the question posed by pupils from St Peter’s Primary school in Billericay during a recent assembly on recycling and the climate.

Breda climate change video_mov

Teacher Angela Moreton writes: “In January, one of our Y5 classes made CAFOD the theme of their Class Assembly. The children found out about how climate change had affected other parts of the world, and also investigated how interest on debts can grow to be unmanageable for less developed parts of the world, showing this through drama.

They showed examples of how CAFOD is working around the world to help communities to become independent, and also explained to the rest of the school and visiting parents, what a World Gift is. The assembly finished with a song about Climate Change.”

Volunteer Breda Bower was so impressed she recorded the song.

Listen to their song

In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis calls on all of us to care for the world’s poorest people, for future generations and for the earth, our common home.

Inspired by his words, we join with Catholics worldwide, as part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and call on our Prime Minister and on other world leaders to take urgent action to prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty.

June 2015 Newsletter online now!

The latest (and possibly last in it’s present format) CAFOD Brentwood newsletter is now online

You will find lots of interesting news from around the Diocese, including events and fundraising activities in parishes and schools and emergency updates.

The office is relocating to temporary premises alongside our colleagues in the CAFOD Westminster office. From 1 July, our temporary address will be:

Church of Christ the King
29 Bramley Road
London N14 4HE

Telephone: 020 8449 6970

To ensure you keep up-to-date with what is happening in the Diocese, please email brentwood@cafod.org.uk to go on the e-news list.

Mary, Joanna and Denise

Mary, Joanna and Denise

Saying goodbye to Chigwell Convent

After 21 years, CAFOD Brentwood will be moving from Chigwell Convent on 30 June as the community require the space.

On Wednesday 24 June we held a Leaving Mass for supporters and volunteers to thank the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary for their hospitality and support over the previous 21 years.

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There are staff changes too – sadly Denise Grierson will be leaving CAFOD on 10 July and Joanna Jarvis and Mary Matthews will be moving to other areas within CAFOD from 1 August.

There will continue to be a local base in the Diocese and we are currently recruiting for a dedicated member of staff who will take over the role of supporting our volunteers.

Until this time, CAFOD Brentwood will be working out of the CAFOD Westminster office (thank you CAFOD Westminster!). The contact details are: Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, London. N14 4HE. Telephone: 020 8449 6970. The CAFOD Brentwood email brentwood@cafod.org.uk continues.

We will of course keep you updated of our new office and staff member.

Joanna, Denise and Mary each have very happy memories of working alongside our supporters and volunteers in Brentwood over the years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given us and to CAFOD, over the years. We are sure CAFOD can count on your prayers and support in the future.

Thank you also for all the cards, flowers and messages of goodwill we have received.

Message from Bishop Thomas

Message from Bishop Thomas

Denise, Joanna and Mary – Well done – you have done a brilliant job – pure Gospel! Thank you for all you did during the years I was in office. Many blessings, Bishop Thomas McMahon