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June 2015 Newsletter online now!

June 26, 2015

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 to go on the e-news list.

Mary, Joanna and Denise

Mary, Joanna and Denise

Saying goodbye to Chigwell Convent

June 25, 2015

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 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

All Saints Student Pedals against Poverty.

June 10, 2015

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Rebecca Huston a year 9 student from All Saints, Dagenham, took part in the Pedal against Poverty Bike ride at the weekend and said it was much easier to cycle 20 miles than to take part in the school’s annual sponsored silence for CAFOD! Rebecca and her father John were amongst 150 riders who enjoyed a leisurely cycle through the beautiful lee Valley and down the canal to Broxbourne. We also welcomed from the Brentwood Dicoese the Vaughn family from Maldon and the Edwards family from South Ockendon who had their own ‘support Crew’ in the form of John who followed on by car to bring lunch and encouragement!
Thanks to all the volunteers from the Westminster and Brentwood Dioceses who made the day possible

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‘Teeing off’ for CAFOD

June 1, 2015

A group of friends and work colleagues have formed the ‘Charity Golf Club’ and regularly come together to play golf and raise money for various charities.

Last Saturday at Woolston Manor Golf Club, Abridge, 20 members took part in a day organised by Francis to raise money for CAFOD. Francis said ‘ these days are a good way for us all to socialise and raise money for a good cause too’.

Joint Diocesan manager, Joanna Jarvis enjoyed meeting members from Essex and all over London and thanking them for their support.

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EVENT: Sunday 7 June Pedal against Poverty

May 27, 2015


CAFOD FAMILY BIKE RIDE – Sunday 7th June – through the scenic Lee Valley Park and along the canal to Broxbourne for a picnic before cycling back. Choose from the short 10 mile ride or the longer 18 mile route.

£6 entry per person, children under 18 must be accompanied.

This is an enjoyable day out for all the family, cycling through the Lee Valley lakes and alongside the canal. It’s a great time of year to visit this area and if you’ve never been this is a great opportunity to do so (and you won’t get lost). You don’t even have to be a great or experienced cyclist!

To register visit or email or phone 0208 502 9722

EVENT: Saturday 11 July – Rebuilding Justice with Fr Edwin Gariguez (Caritas Philippines)

May 22, 2015


All are welcome to join us to hear from CAFOD’s partner, Fr Edwin Gariguez (Fr Edu).

Fr Edu is the Executive Secretary of NASSA (Caritas Philippines) and will speak about his work and the challenges faced in The Philippines due to Climate Change.

Date: Saturday 11 July 2015
Time: 11am – 4pm (tea and coffee from 10.30am)
Venue: Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JB

There will also be presentations and workshops, followed by an optional Mass with Fr Edu. Please bring food for a shared lunch.

If you would like any further information or want to book a place please contact the CAFOD Brentwood Office by phone 020 8502 9722 or email

To help us plan please book your place by Monday 6 July.

Fr Edu on a visit to Tooting

Fr Edu on a visit to Tooting

Hanging around the Harlow Abseil

May 6, 2015

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10 young people joined Team CAFOD for the annual Harlow Abseil.

Two sisters, Ellie and Lizzy Toomey from Basildon had waited a couple of years to be old enough to take part and weren’t disappointed.

Eight students who make up the Chaplaincy Team at Sacred Heart school in Upminster came dressed in onesies – which made a great sight as they each climbed over the water tower to abseil back to the ground!

Dana, dressed as Toy Story’s Woody, said “it was a breeze!” Dana was joined by Holly (Buzz Lightyear), Jess (Batman), Rachel (Ninja warrior), Shannon (Ninja Turtle), Jennifer (zebra) and Elicia (teddy bear). Georgia (Monsters Inc Sulley) had said she was scared of heights and really pushed herself to take part in the abseil. As she greeted her friends she said “don’t ever ask me to do that again” but was soon laughing.

It was a great afternoon – fun was had, fears overcome and funds raised for CAFOD.

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Do something amazing ….

April 17, 2015

… and email your parliamentary candidates

Climate change is the greatest threat to reducing poverty and it’s making life much harder for the people who already struggle to support themselves and their families. But the good news is that you can do something about it.

BernieCampaigner Bernie has been getting campaign cards signed by her family, parishioners at St Augustine’s in Barkingside and the CWL (Catholic Women’s League) to add their voices to ask party leaders and parliamentary candidates what they are going to do to tackle climate change.

Also, a reminder that if you have any signed campaign cards please send them to arrive by 23 April for a hand-in on 6 May.

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There is an election guide with questions to ask candidates if they knock at your door or you go to a hustings. Together with CSAN, the domestic social action agency of the Catholic Church, CAFOD supporters have the chance to speak out against injustice and poverty with a united voice, and to ask questions of parliamentary candidates at a time when they want to hear about the issues that matter to you most.

Questions for election candidates:
Q1: What will you do to make work pay?
Q2: What will you do to guarantee access to a
genuinely affordable home?
Q3: What will you do to speak out for the poorest
and most vulnerable people around the world?
Q4: What will you do to make tackling climate
change a priority and to prevent it pushing
people deeper into poverty overseas?

Finally, don’t forget to put the lobby event Speak Up for Climate Change into your diaries. Wednesday 17 June.


Hanningfield Family Walk

April 10, 2015

We arrived at Hanningfield Reservoir in fog, but by the time people started arriving the sun had broken through.

Over 30 supporters joined us for a lovely walk through the nature reserve, with children collecting clues along the way.

Having seen most of the seasons in one morning, it was pointed out that whilst we appreciated the sun shining and rain might have put a dampener on the walk, for many people across the world the changing climate affects their livelihoods, food and water supplies.

The One Climate One World costume was a hit with the children – who appeared to know quite a lot about the changing climate.

Once we arrived at the pic-nic area, the games began. The “world parachute” proved a great success and another opportunity to talk about the changing climate and areas in the world CAFOD works in.

The children gave in their completed quiz sheets, with the clues spelling Just One World and each received a certificate and chocolate (well, it is the Easter holidays).

Thank you to everyone who came along and to Gayle at Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir for once again making us so welcome. Thanks also to Tom for taking the photos.

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Sinteyo, sun and solar

April 8, 2015

Sinteyo’s story

For Sinteyo Legei, a widowed mother of five, life is tough. She lives in a small Maasai village in Kenya with no electricity, and since her husband died, she’s been the main breadwinner for her family.

But in recent years, things have got even harder. “When I was a girl, the climate was very predictable,” says Sinteyo. “But now things have changed. The rains are very unpredictable. We have more droughts, less rain, and life is more difficult for my generation.”

“Less rain means less pasture for our animals. This means we can’t get milk because the goats and sheep are not eating well enough. It is very difficult to sell the animals because their bodies are weak. And food becomes difficult to get because the crops are not doing well.”

When a devastating drought hit in 2011, most of Sinteyo’s animals died, and – because of the failed harvest – food prices shot up. For whole days, her family had nothing to eat.

Soon after, our local partner Caritas Isiolo helped Sinteyo and other women in her community set up a greenhouse, irrigated by a solar-powered pump that delivers water from the nearby river. They grow tomatoes to sell at the market. Solar panel women's group

While Kenya doesn’t have much rain, it gets plenty of sunshine. Solar-power is proving a cheap, easy-to-maintain and effective source of energy for irrigation and other important needs like lighting.

With the climate changing there is a need for people to work together,” she explains. “When there are no rains it’s important to support each other – you need your neighbour. If we don’t work together, we are alone, and we will not survive alone.”

Climate change is the biggest threat to reducing poverty that exists today. We can make a difference if we act together. Join our One Climate, One World campaign today.


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