Posts Tagged ‘Brentwood’

Denise’s blog from Makeni, Sierra Leone

March 1, 2013

SA deniseSo, we have now split into smaller groups and the team I am leading has moved to Makeni. We are staying at the Pastoral Centre, pictured, part of the large complex of the Diocese of Makeni. We are being hosted by Caritas Makeni. The complex has a drop-in centre for street children, a night shelter and after school play facilities. It also has a centre to teach livelihood skills to young people to give them an opportunity to improve their circumstances.

Today we visited a centre, funded by Irish Aid, to teach tailoring skills and another to teach catering skills, to young women. Don’t be surprised if you see me swishing around in an outfit made in Sierra Leone!

Greetings from CAFOD Freetown

February 26, 2013

Freetown office

Just a short note to say we have all arrived safely and being made to feel really welcome. We have spent two days in the Freetown office, listening to partners, hearing from the field workers, about the work and challenges in Sierra Leone.

Without making you feel too blue, the weather is beautiful with cooling breeze from the ocean.

We leave at first light tomorrow to travel to Caritas Makeni and Caritas Kenema and hope to be able to update you as we go along.

Denise, Sierra Leone

Lent newsletter now online!

January 18, 2013

We’re pleased to welcome you to our first newsletter of 2013.

Packed full of information about Lent Fast Day (22nd February) and how you can get involved. We’re asking you to go Hungry for Change this Lent – through prayer, campaigning and giving.


This Fast Day, Go Hungry for Tabita

Find out the wonderful things that have happened in parishes and schools around the Diocese – Christmas Fayre’s and World Gifts to name a few! We love to receive your photos (and we wouldn’t have a newsletter without them!) so please do remember to send them in.

Following the success of last year’s walk at Hanningfield Reservoir, we have organised a Hungry for Change family walk and picnic for Friday 5th April. There’s also an opportunity to sign up for the Harlow Water Tower Abseil on Sunday 5th May or the Pedal Against Poverty bike ride on Sunday 9th June. Call the office on 0208 502 9722 to register for more information.

Brentwood Cathedral Parish raises money for World Gifts

December 20, 2012

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David Worsfold from Cathedral Parish, Brentwood has sent the following update on World Gifts:

“Over the last three years, Brentwood Cathedral’s parish community has made a special effort in the run-up to Christmas to remember those less fortunate than themselves in a very tangible way.

Working with CAFOD, the parish has raised nearly £8,000 to fund the drilling of a water bore hole, the building of a health clinic and, this year, fill a ‘stocking’ full of vital resources for communities in developing countries.

During Advent, an army of ‘Tiny Tims’ with colourful collecting tins has collected money as people leave the Sunday masses at the Cathedral, ensuring that the stocking of presents was quickly filled.”

On reaching this year’s target, Cathedral Dean, Father Martin Boland said:

It is wonderful that the community here at Brentwood Cathedral has been inspired to help those in our world have so little. Working through CAFOD, the generosity of the community has raised funds that will contribute to the sustained development of communities in the world. I am immensely proud of what the Brentwood Cathedral parish has achieved during these past years and thank CAFOD for giving us the inspiration to make a difference to the most needy in our world this Christmas time

CAFOD Brentwood says a huge “thank you” to parishers for their generosity.

NOTE: The order line for World Gifts is now closed but there is still time to order e-gifts online >>

Ursuline Convent High School, Brentwood, World Gift wonders!

December 7, 2012


Volunteer Peter Jones was delighted to be invited to collect a cheque for £1395 from students at Ursuline Convent High School. Money was raised during the summer term to buy World Gifts

One fundraiser, Katherine (15), hoped to raise enough money to buy and cow or train a midwife and challenged her school friends to a fundraising challenge. Fellow students accepted the challenge and raised a total of £1395!

When interviewed for the local newspaper, the Brentwood Gazette, Katherine said:

“I thought it would be good to raise enough money to buy a CAFOD gift.

I was aiming for £100, so I stood up in the Year 7 assembly, explained the plan and asked forms to come up with a simple fundraising idea. It then became quite competitive with forms seeing which could raise the most cash.”

Students made cakes and bracelets to sell, organised a sponsored run, and held a non-uniform day.

Katherine is part of the schools Justice & Peace group and as well as fundraising does all it can to highlight the problems faced by people living in poorer nations.

Image: Brentwood Gazette

Brentwood Diocese Celebrates 50 years of CAFOD’s work

October 24, 2012

Over 100 CAFOD supporters from across the Diocese came together on Sunday 21st October for a Mass of thanks giving celebrated by Mgr John Armitage. The Mass was a celebration of CAFOD’s work over 50 years and a thank you to those who have helped and continue to work on CAFOD’s behalf.

The service began with the presentation of a number of giftsby students from The Ursuline Academy, Ilford to symbolise the work of CAFOD. The gifts included:

An icon of Mary of the Magnificat; Mother of the Poor, commissioned for CAFOD in 2000 and symbolising love for the poor

  • Romero crucifix from El Salvador symbolising the hope of a better and more peaceful world, free from poverty and injustice
  • Yams symbolising the work of CAFOD in helping communities achieve a sustainable future
  • A paddle representing CAFOD’s work in disaster prone areas
  • Book of Remembrance containing the names of deceased CAFOD supporters from our Diocese

Ursuline Procession

The wonderfully uplifting and musical liturgy was kindly prepared and led by Joan Wood. It involved members of the Convent Chapel choir and was enjoyed by all.

Many volunteers took part in the Mass starting with Desiree Howells who read the First Reading. Des is a long term speaker and school volunteer for CAFOD.

After the Gospel, Mgr Armitage delivered an inspiring homily and said ‘today is about generously opening our hearts in prayer and the service of others and that’s what we are celebrating’.

The prayers of intercession were read by volunteers – Doreen Burns, Parish Contact from St. Therese in Laindon, Tim Campbell, Parish Contact from Our Lady and St. George in Walthamstow, David Underwood, Office volunteer and Parish Contact for St. Thomas of Canterbury in Woodford Green, Grace a Student from Ilford Ursuline and Jessica a keen fundraiser and supporter and student at Brentwood Ursuline

Joanna Jarvis, Denise Grierson and Mary Matthews from the CAFOD diocesan team brought up the offertory which included a Globe to symbolise we are ‘Just One World’.

Before Mgr Armitage gave us his final Blessing, Geoff O’Donaghue, International Division Director, gave a short talk and led the congregation in a Renewal of Commitmentto make a lasting difference to some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world by continuing to work alongside CAFOD in the future. Volunteers Peter Jones, Mike Evans and Angela Bow read the prayers and through their responses, all present renewed their resolve to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly so that all may know the joy of God’s love

Special guest – Joseph Mansaray then spoke to us about his work as an Emergency Response Officer basedin Freetown, Sierra Leone giving details of how CAFOD and its volunteers and supporters really make a difference.

Joe Mansaray with Schools Volunteer Peter Jones

Following Mass a cream teawas served in the Convent dining room along with a surprise array of cakes baked by the convent. Denise cut the delicious celebration cake – made and iced by herself.

Geoff spoke briefly about the progress made through HIV/AIDS programmesand how now our work has moved on from helping people to die with dignity to reintegrating them back into society with the help of retroviral drugs, nutrition and awareness programmes.

There was an exhibition in the Conference Centre featuring the ’50 years of CAFOD’ display, telling stories and quotes from our history – and pictures from events around the Brentwood Diocese – supporters had fun finding pictures of themselves taken over several years!

A Display of the 50 years of CAFOD's work

A Display of the 50 years of CAFOD’s work

Denise said ‘It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and lovely to have the chance to talk to and celebrate CAFOD’s work with supporters and volunteers who do so much for us.’

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Denise, Joanna and Mary would like to thank all those who helped in any way to make the celebration so enjoyable and uplifting.

Taking the Hungry for Change message to V2012 in Chelmsford

August 21, 2012

A team of 16 spent the weekend at V2012 in Chelmsford. They were asking festival goers to sign a petition to David Cameron saying it’s a scandal that a billion people don’t have enough to eat, when the world produces enough food to feed everyone.

As well as rovers – volunteers taking the petition out into the crowds – the stall had one of the busiest years for a long time with the coconut shy proving to be a favourite for encouraging people to visit the stall.

Temperatures soared into the 30s making this year’s VFest the hottest yet but the volunteers continued to gather signatures for the petition.

Over 1500 festival goers signed the petition – a fantastic result for all the hard work.

There was also plenty of time to see the bands, with Stone Roses, David Guetta and The Killers leading the way – whilst a few of us sneaked off for a sing-along with Tom Jones earlier in the day!

The Hungry for Change campaign launches on 1st September – more information shortly!

See a short video of CAFOD’s presence at the V Festival, featuring volunteer Siobhan here >>

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Brentwood Ursuline School – Olympic session

July 13, 2012

CAFOD Brentwood was invited to run sessions with Yr 12 as part of the school’s Olympic themed day. The session included various Olympic themed activities including Run the Good Race based on Olympic and CAFOD values. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are about much more than sporting excellence. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, saw in the Games an ideal opportunity to develop a set of universal principles – or values – that could be applied not only to sport, but to education and to society.

Students also made peace cranes and wrote raps and poems on the theme of peace. This year CAFOD is starting a big, online relay, passing messages of friendship and peace to young people all around the world. Many young people, who have had to live with or leave their homes because of fighting, will not be at peace in 2012. Join us and let them know we are standing together with them for the Olympic values of equality and inclusion: Pass It On

Thank you to volunteers Peter Jones and Joan Risby for running the sessions and to Head of RE, Margaret Doe, for inviting us.

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CAFOD Brentwood out and about during June

June 14, 2012

Our Lady & St George parish, Walthamstow, Quiz Night

Joanna and Denise and their families made up a table and took part in the quiz night, held to raise funds for the parish Connect2 Brazil project.

Joe (pictured), who can only be called “question master extraordinaire”, kept the questions and jokes coming throughout the evening – even ending with an all singing, all dancing rendition of “singing in the rain”!

The winning team was “Team Uruguay” and we finished a (fairly) respectable fourth. Well done to the parish J&P group, including Tim and Jonathan for organising the evening.

Knights of St Columba, Chelmsford Council 302 75th Anniversary

The following Friday saw Joanna, Denise and Mary in Chelmsford to take part in a “Songs of Praise” event at Our Lady Immaculate Church to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the local Knights of St Columba.

Denise, Mary and Joanna

Several people and organisations had been invited to choose a hymn for the evening, including the CAFOD Brentwood office. Others were: the Very Ref Fr Hugh Allen, Superior and parish priest of the linked parishes of Our Lady Immaculate and Holy Name, the Right Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, Rev Fr Paul Dynan, parish priest of Our Lady and St Joseph’s, Stanford Le Hope (and Brother of Council 302), Councillor Christopher Kingsley, Mayor of Chelmsford, Bro Raymond Kirkham, Rev Kevin Lyons, Chaplain to Council 302, Bro Doug Mongan, KSC Provincial Grand Knight of Province 10, Rev Sisters Moira O’Sullivan and Pauline Crowther, Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, Antony Schular, Headmaster of St John Payne School and Bro Steven Webb, Chief Executive of Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society.

Fr Hugh Allen with Joanna, Denise and Mary

Accompanied by Fr Stephen, the organist for the evening, the congregation thoroughly enjoyed the chosen hymns.

There was a reception afterwards, including cutting the anniversary cake.

Thank you to Bro Peter Webster for inviting CAFOD Brentwood to take part. Peter’s wife, Eileen, is CAFOD parish contact for Blessed Sacrament parish in Chelmsford.

Peter and Eileen Webster with Mary, Denise and Joanna

Olympic Values at Woodlands School in Basildon

June 14, 2012

Schools volunteer Joan Risby writes:

Yesterday, 30 pupils from Woodlands School Gifted & Talented group took part in an off timetable Olympics themed conference. During the morning the pupils from Years 7-10 explored the history of the Olympics and the 100 Days of Peace initiative. They took part in a challenge during which they had to incorporate the 7 Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality into a new Classroom Code Of Conduct or a rap or a new school badge.

During another session on 100 Days of Peace, students were invited to make an Origami crane. They heard about the events in Hiroshima and the symbolism of the crane, a symbol of peace in Japan.

They are now looking forward to the main event!

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