Remembering our beloved who have loved and served others

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.

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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 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.


Brentwood parishioners plan to ‘Share the Journey’ with people on the move

Over the coming weeks and throughout the summer parishioners from across the Brentwood Diocese are preparing to engage with the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign by organising or joining walks in solidarity with people on the move. Below are some of the walks organised by CAFOD volunteers and supporters over the next few weeks:

On Saturday 2nd June, Damian Dillon from the Knights of St Columba in Southend is combining a yearly sponsored walk on behalf of Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society


The coastline at Shoeburyness (Photo credit:

(BCCS) with CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign  The walk begins with Mass at 10am at the parish of St Helen’s in Westcliff before the walkers set off with Father Joseph along the seafront to Shoeburyness. The walk is approximately five and a half miles and certificates will be handed out and refreshments served at St Georges in Shoeburyness at 12o/c. Registration is free, and any sponsorship raised will go direct to the BCCS, while the accumulated miles will be added to CAFOD’s Share the Journey totaliser. For more information and to join the walk contact Damian on 07887 678741 or email


Melbourne Park

Time for reflection in Melbourne Park, Chelmsford (Photo credit:

The Blessed Sacrament in Chelmsford have announced that they too will be demonstrating empathy with their global neighbours on Saturday 26th May at 10.30 a.m. with walk around Melbourne Park, starting and ending at the Church Hall, with refreshments to follow. The more people who walk, the more miles will be counted!



For more information about this Chelmsford walk, please contact Eileen Webster at

St Joseph’s parish in Upminster are also inviting parishioners to join a walk with on the 1st July around Upminster Park followed by a High Tea at the Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School. For more information on this contact the Bernadette Tsocos at

Upminster Park

Upminster Park will be the scene for St Joseph’s Share the Journey walk on July 1st (Photo credit:

You can also join Ann, a parishioner from Hertfordshire, who is embarking on the LOOP walk around London in support of the campaign. Ann will be passing through our diocese later this month.

Would you like to organise a Share the Journey walk in your parish? Have a look at our website for more information on the campaign including an organisers guide, prayers and promotional resources.

And don’t forget – please do let us know if you are organising a walk!

EVENT: Go LOOPY and Share the Journey

Do you like walking? Are you in, on or near the LOOP? (The LOOP is a circular walk around the edges of London

Then join Ann, a parish volunteer from Hitchin, as she travels through the Brentwood Diocese section of the walk, in solidarity with refugees and migrants and to clock up the miles for our Share the Journey campaign.

Ann will be walking the following routes in the Brentwood Diocese this month, and would be happy for you to join her. You can join for a the whole route or just a small part of it, it’s up to you.

17 May Enfield Lock to Chingford (4 miles)
17 May Chingford to Chigwell (4 miles)
25 May Chigwell to Havering-atte-Bower (6 miles)
25 May Havering-atte-Bower to Harold Wood (4.3 miles)
26 May Harold Wood to Upminster Bridge (4 miles)
27 May Upminster Bridge to Rainham (4 miles)
27 May Rainham to Purfleet (5 miles)

For more information and to register your interest in joining Ann, see the blog below:

CAFOD Westminster Blog

Go Loopy to Share the Journey.

Pope Francis has launched Share the Journey, a new global campaign to stand up for the rights of refugees and migrants. In support of this initiative, CAFOD is asking its supporters to help to walk 24,901 miles – the distance around the whole world!

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See CAFOD’s website  for more information.

As a contribution to CAFOD’s campaign, the parish of Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew, Hitchin is organising a pilgrimage around the London Outer Orbital Path (the LOOP) consisting of a series of prayerful day walks taking place between May and June 2018.

Join us and Go Loopy to Share the Journey!

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