The legacies that remain and go on….

During November CAFOD volunteers and supporters have gathered for Masses of Thanksgiving around the regions in remembrance of our loved ones who have passed away.

Seen here below, Tessa Hope, Veronica Togher and Barbara Lander look through a book of remembrance of the names of their loved ones and share memories over a cup of tea.

Memorial Mass Chesterfield

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Barlborough Hall pupils Brighten Up for CAFOD

Local pupils have raised over £268 to help overseas communities living in extreme poverty.  Alex Krzyz volunteers in schools for CAFOD said “the pupils donated £1 each for the privilege of dressing up in colourful clothes to Brighten up the lives of others around the world as part of development charity CAFOD’s Harvest fundraising campaign”.

Barlborough Hall School

Volunteers Rose and Alex accept a donation for CAFODs work

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Hallam Diocese CAFOD Memorial Masses

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. Masses will be held on 9th November at 12 noon at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Spencer Street, Chesterfield S40 4SD, followed by tea and coffee in the church hall, and on 20th November, 9.30 am, St Vincent’s Parish, 40 Pickmere Road, Crookes. Sheffield S10 1GY, all are welcome.

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.


 “Margaret Osbaldiston, pictured above attended The Holy Spirit Parish in Dronfield, Chesterfield, Margaret passed away earlier in the year. Margaret will be remembered at the Memorial Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Chesterfield deanery, which is being organised by Mary Platts.  Ruth Gibbs, a great friend of Margaret volunteered alongside Margaret at Holy Spirit for many years, Ruth wrote “It would be lovely to remember Margaret O in this way. Margaret was a very committed supporter of CAFOD and led the small group in Dronfield for many years, giving the fast day talks and organising the Xmas tree donations among other things”

All are welcome to join us at the Mass and in prayer for all our loved ones who have gone before us.