CAFOD are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
CAFOD reach out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. Through their global Church network, one of the largest in the world, they have the potential to reach everyone. And they campaign for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life.
The Parish of St Joseph has supported CAFOD for many years. The group was run for around a decade by Honor and Alan Franks. Over the years we have campaigned for poverty alleviation, access to clean water, action on climate change and an end to hunger. We also raise money for CAFOD through our Fairtrade stalls, soup lunches, chocolate tasting mornings and Fast Day appeals. We’ve always received a lot of support from the parishioners both at St Joseph’s and St Michael’s and we’re very grateful for your generosity.
Our current campaign is the Harvest Fast Appeal which is in aid of families who are facing chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as a result of coronavirus.
We would normally be holding a Harvest Soup Meal to raise funds for the appeal, but unfortunately this is not possible at the moment.
Instead, you can help by donating, either through the Fast Day envelopes which will be available at the back of both churches or by texting CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10, and by praying the Harvest prayer.
“God, who called you out of darkness
into his own marvellous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
God, you call us out of darkness.
May we hear your voice
in the cry of our brothers and sisters in crisis.
As you walk alongside us always,
may we walk beside one another
listening and responding in love.
Shine the light of your compassion through us,
dispelling chaos, fear and despair.
Breathe hope and courage into all our hearts
as we work together to rebuild once more.
Strengthen us, Lord, and keep us steadfast.
Bring healing and comfort to all
and lead us renewed into your marvellous light.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.