CAFOD volunteers Helen and Rita take their final steps via Beauchief Abbey in Sheffield

Throughout Lent it has been a privilege to accompany some of the many volunteers and supporters who have participated in our Walk for Water, as individuals, in family groups or with your parish.

Together we have clocked up 395,455 miles with the 10,000 steps a day challenge and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in the #WalkForWater challenge.

Every single step you took has raised vital awareness of water poverty, helping people who need it the most. You are all AMAZING! 💚  

Children’s Liturgy LIVE Celebrates 1st Anniversary!

CAFOD’s Children’s Liturgy LIVE celebrates one year of LIVE online streaming to Catholic families around the world.

Since the beginning of the lockdown on 22nd March last year, the online children’s platform has been a resourceful space for music, prayers and teaching every Sunday at 10am. 

Providing a place for Catholic families to connect whilst Churches have been closed, Children’s Liturgy LIVE has seen over 3,000 families take part in the LIVE sessions, we’ve sung the ‘Stand Up, Sit Down’ Alleluia 44 times, received over 1,500 pictures and colouring sheets from children at home and, we’ve had 20 new adult presenters and their children join in on the sessions.

Mother-of-two Eileen Hayes, one of the organisers from the Children’s Liturgy team, says that the team could never have imagined how successful the sessions would become.

“Soon after the first lockdown started, me and a few other parents at CAFOD, came together and thought: ‘How can we engage the young people of our church community?’, and that was how Children’s Liturgy LIVE started.

“Within a month, a thousand families had joined us from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. Since then, we’ve had thousands of individuals, groups and families join the sessions, with an average of 500 families tuning in each week.”

Congratulations and well done to the Children’s Liturgy team and all the families who have volunteered to make it a success, and a space for children to engage throughout lockdown.

Do you know anyone who might like to hear about the sessions? Could you let them know?

Click here to register and join the next virtual children’s liturgy on Sunday at 10am. Follow the link and click on “Enter the series” to register.

If you can’t join the live session, a recording will be available to watch afterwards!

Parliament in your parish

Do you want to learn step-by-step how to organise online meetings to lobby your MP? 

Parliament in your parish

On Thursday 25th March and Saturday 10th April, we will be rolling out ‘Parliament in your Parish’ as part of our new campaign, Reclaim Our Common Home.

We are inviting you to organise an online meeting with other parishioners with their local MP, to discuss how we can rebuild after the pandemic in a way that makes the world a fairer place, and tackle some of the major global issues including climate change and unjust debts.

In these training sessions we will be covering everything from why faith and community participation matters and the challenges of facilitating an online meeting (and how to address them), to the keys to encourage your MP to taking action.

For those interested in joining Parliament in your Parish, we are offering a training session on two separate dates: Thursday 25 March, 6.30-8pm or Saturday 10 April, 11-12.30pm. Register your place now at cafod.org.uk/mpmeeting

If you have any questions about how to organise a Parliament in your Parish meeting, please contact PinyourP@cafod.org.uk for more information.