Biggest Catholic Youth event set to light a ‘flame’ in Wembley

On 11 March, up to 10,000 Catholics will attend Flame 2017, a youth event at Weflame-poster-1-734x1024mbley arena, and share stories of faith and hope from across the world.

Young Catholics from across the country will come together for the biggest event of its kind in the UK. The theme of the day is ’10,000 reasons to hope’ based on the song by Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Matt Redman, who will be performing at the event.

Four young leaders from Brentwood diocese, who are volunteering with aid agency CAFOD, will be attending the event and running lunchtime workshops around the themes of refugees and climate change.

During the event, CAFOD is aiming to collect 10,000 messages of hope to send to refugees around the world. This is part of a larger campaign by the charity, who have so far received over 25,000 messages from communities across England and Wales.

CAFOD youth volunteers, Leah Fox, 19, and Ryan Wilkinson, 18, will be speaking on the day about their experiences of meeting refugees in Lebanon, in hopes of inspiring the young people to act.

“I am so excited to speak at Wembley,” said Ryan, who is currently volunteering at Savio House, the Salesian retreat centre in Sheffield. “From my own personal experience, sharing messages of hope makes a massive difference and shows refugees that they are not alone.”

 

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CAFOD Young Leaders at FLAME 2015

“During these turbulent times, it is great that so many young people will be coming together for one cause,” added Leah, who is currently training to be a primary school teacher. “I hope that by sharing my story, I will encourage young people to take further action in solidarity with refugees.”

The event, organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation, will also include talks by the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Nichols Myanmar’s first Cardinal Charles Bo, and Matt Redman.

Tickets are still available for the event which will take place on 11 March at the SSE arena in Wembley. Doors will open at 10am with the event expected to finish at 5:30pm.

Find out more at: cafod.org.uk/flame

The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor: sustainable livelihoods in Zambia

Sister Yvonne Mwalula Mwila, our partner from the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, is helping communities in Zambia to transform their lives. We are pleased to announce Sister Yvonne will be speaking in Walthamstow and other regional events in England and Wales ahead of Lent Fast Day.

Sister Yvonne writes: “I am a Religious Sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary which I entered in 1997. _mgl9326

The Founder of our Congregation asked us to serve the poor of the poorest in our society. “To go where no one wants to go and do what nobody wants to do. Because for you dear sisters there are only two things that matters, Jesus Christ and the poor, the moment you forget this, you should cease to exist” we do try to accomplish this calling in our Programme in Mbala”.

In the light of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, the Sacred Heart Sisters committed themselves to respond to urgent needs. It was with this situation in mind, that the Sisters established the Households In Distress (HID) Programme in 1991 which contributes to the reduction of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the infected and most affected families in communities through quality care and support and livelihoods initiatives.

The HID Programme carries out its various interventions in Mbala district through the provision of information, education and commuication; home based care; livelihoods/village orphan support groups and orphans and education for  vulnerable children.

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Sister Yvonne is also working alongside farmers to help them grow drought-resistant crops, so they can stand up again on their own two feet. The communities she supports are gradually lifting themselves out of poverty and sending their children to school. Our neighbours are also protecting the planet by installing solar panels on their homes.

 

Sr Yvonne will be speaking about our work at Our Lady & St George parish hall in Walthamstow on Wednesday 22 February at 7.30pm. The full address is Our Lady & St George Catholic Parish, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, E17 9HU. The talk will be preceded by an opportunity to participate in a beautiful Lampedusa Cross lent-2017-photo‘pilgrimage’ and liturgy in the church. ALL ARE WELCOME. If you would like to attend Sr Yvonne’s talk, please register or contact us at brentwood@cafod.org.uk or call 01277 218730

If you are unable to join us for her talk in Walthamstow, Sr Yvonne will be talking online
the following day. Join us online on Thursday, 23 February from 1pm to 2pm to listen to Sr Yvonne’s talk.

 

Join us for one of our Lent Fast Day 2017 briefings

Learn more on how a fish the size of your thumb in Florence’s hands can become school books, a home and a future for her children. Share ideas with other volunteers about how you can raise awareness in your parish.

Join us for one of our Lent Fast Day briefings at:florence

Southend – Thursday 9 February from 7.30pm until 9pm at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 418 Southchurch Road, SS1 2QB Register for this event

Brentwood – Saturday 11 February from 10.30pm until 12.30pm at Cathedral House, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AT Register for this event

Brentwood – Wednesday 15 February from 10.30am  until 12.30pm at Cathedral House, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AT Register for this event

Walthamstow – Wednesday 22 February from 7pm until 7.30pm followed by talk from CAFOD’s partner in Zambia, Sr Yvonne at Our Lady and St George, 132 Shernhall St, Walthamstow, E17 9HU. Register for this event

 Wanstead – Monday 27 February from 8pm until 9.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish hall,  51 Cambridge Park, Wanstead, E11 2PR Register for this event

For more information contact the CAFOD Brentwood volunteer centre at brentwood@cafod.org.uk or call 01277 218730.