During November, the month of remembrance, we take time to pray for those who have died and give thanks for loved ones who have made a deep and lasting impression on our lives.
Over the years, CAFOD has been blessed to work alongside the kindest and most committed friends any charity could hope for. The insight, faith and strength of our founders and early supporters still shape our values and way of working today.
But one of the saddest aspects of growing older, as individuals and as an organisation, is that some of our closest friends have passed away in recent months and years. In our own diocese, we have lost a number of friends who have played an inspirational and important role in our work.
Friends like Chris Fitzgerald, who attended Our Lady & St George parish in Walthamstow and a former Provincial for the Knights of St Columba. In recent years Chris, on behalf of the KSC Council 137, organised a Grand Draw and helped sell raffle tickets at several local parishes where an amazing £1400 was raised for CAFOD’s water projects. Sadly, Chris passed away in July this year but his love and commitment to others lives on. At his funeral a collection was made and the proceeds donated to CAFOD in memory of Chris’s life. Chris is greatly missed but he has truly left a legacy of love and hope and we’re honoured to remember him this November.
So in celebration of our inspiring friends, and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD Brentwood is holding its a Memorial Mass at St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 5 Park End Road, Romford, RM1 4AT on Wednesday 14 November at 12.15pm.
All are welcome to join us, whether to remember fellow CAFOD supporters or members of your own family, friends and community who’ve passed away. At our Memorial Mass, you can take precious time to remember your loved ones, knowing that you’re among friends.
A Book of Remembrance will be presented and blessed by the celebrant at each Mass. If you would like to add a name to this list you would be very welcome; whether or not you can attend the service itself. Please get in touch with our volunteer centre at email@example.com or by calling 01277 218730 if you’d like to know more.
Refreshments will be provided by the parish group the Golden Club after the service, so we hope you’ll be able to stay for a little while to speak with other local CAFOD supporters and staff. It would be wonderful to see you at such a special event.