COVID-19 Update

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Thank you for your patience while we take on board the changing situation with COVID-19 and the incredibly important role you play in support of our development and humanitarian work.

Thanks to your compassion and commitment, we can reach some of the poorest and marginalised communities around the world.

Volunteer offices closed (for now) – but there are still many ways to get involved.

CAFOD is following the advice issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales (CBCEW) as well as the UK government.

Following the government’s advice, we have taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face events and meetings and have closed all regional offices until at least June.

All the latest information about CAFOD’s response to COVID-19 will be on our Coronavirus Q & A and COVID-19: Information for volunteers pages.

Get in touch: All your usual local office contacts will still be available by mobile phone, email and via social media, so if you have any questions or thoughts do not hesitate to be in touch whatever your query:

You can telephone Angela Powell 0n 07779804247 or email apowell@cafod.org.uk

Online worship

With the Coronavirus pandemic causing masses to be cancelled, there are now lots of parishes and cathedrals offering virtual worship.

You can find out more information about local live-streamed services here:

Pray as a diocese: click here for link to Mass and prayer services in Hallam

We’ve also created a ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ session which will take place every Sunday to help families to worship in their own homes.

Online resources

If you’re looking for community, we have a CAFOD community group on Facebook. Please do join and invite others to do the same.

If you’re a parent, we have a large range of online education resources tailored specifically for primary and secondary ages, alongside worship and prayer content.

If you’re looking to learn more about CAFOD’s international work, we will be releasing a weekly timetable of online talks.

Feel-good stories

If you are a CAFOD volunteer and hear of a great story in your local parish – please let us know so we can share it on our social media channels and website.

It would be great if you would be able to email over a few sentences about what happened, along with a photo.

Prayer for the Coronavirus

Even though the volunteer centres are temporarily shut, we hope to be able to continue to offer opportunities to connect with the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world.

Please keep an eye of our social media pages for the latest updates:

Twitter – @cafodhallam

In the meantime, we continue to pray for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus and the healthcare workers here in the UK and overseas, who are on the frontline of this crisis – and ask that you too join us in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

Hallam community invited to join virtual prayer for global community on the frontline of Coronavirus

Praying together for our global family

In the face of lockdown, communities have been pulling together to adapt and connect in new ways.

We have been amazed at how you, our supporters, have come together, whether it be through the Facebook community or at the Sunday Children’s Liturgy.

Places of worship were among some of the many places forced to close as part of the fight in tackling the spread of COVID-19 but thanks to live-steaming technology, the Catholic community can still ‘congregate’ during the lockdown.

Local parishes and Cathedrals are also live-streaming services, for Hallam diocese click here for a link to Mass and other services.

 

LIGHT A CANDLE – JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!

Luckily for me, the technology around me is less forgetful than me!!!  I had forgotten that the clocks had gone forward in the night-time (despite setting myself lots of reminders!).   One reminder that did work was the reminder to join CAFOD’s virtual childrens’ liturgy!

What is lovely about joining this liturgy is that they follow the same routine as our own liturgy.  There’s something comforting in such unprecedented times where we can’t gather to say mass, to know that.

So we begin by lighting the candle because Jesus is the light of the world! And then start with the sign of the cross and our opening prayer.  What is a bit more unusual in a “virtual” liturgy is that you are able to click on the heart logo at the bottom right of the screen and can let everyone know that you are enjoying the liturgy!  Very quickly there was 1.3k likes!!!!

Then, Martin in Epsom provided a great rendition of “the whole world in his hand”.  We joined in whole heartedly singing away and doing all the actions.

The gospel acclamation is sung to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle” and so was very easy to join in with.

We “warmed up” our listening ears (and exercise I may take back to my own “Little Church” when we are able to gather together again) and this week, the gospel was the story of Lazurus who had a disease.  His sisters were very distressed at the thought he may die.  Jesus told them not to worry and he was on his way, but by the time he got there, Lazarus had already died and was buried.  Jesus brought him back to life.  We then heard about Sister Consilia in Zimbabwe who cares for sick people for CAFOD.    

After our final prayer, we were given some links to an activity sheet for the children https://cafod.org.uk/content/download/51011/669820/version/1/Prayer_childrens-liturgy_5th-Sunday-Lent-A-activity-sheet.pdf

and a link to join the virtual liturgy during this lockdown period. 

All in all, a wonderful short celebration and prayer with your children in the absence of celebrating mass.  If you would like to meet Eileen, Bronagh and Martin next week please register using this link and you will then be signed up for the next 12 weeks!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3142341965901274894