St. Gerard’s pray for the deceased and reach out to the living

Jeremy Cain, Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD in Hallam, explains why he finds the people of st. Gerard’s so inspiring.

St. Gerards Memorial Mass 2017

Just some of the amazing St. Gerard’s Soup Slurpers

Yesterday we celebrated our annual CAFOD Memorial Mass here in the diocese of Hallam. It was a wonderful opportunity to remember friends and supporters of CAFOD who have passed away in the last year but was made all the more special by the warm welcome offered by Fr. Des Sexton and the people of St. Gerard’s, Rotherham.

There is a remarkable sense of community at St. Gerard’s, and you get the feeling that everybody looks out for everybody else. But their concern isn’t just limited to the parish- thanks to the “Soup Slurpers”, it reaches out to people all around the world.


Feed yourself and feed the hungry!

The Soup Slurpers meet every Wednesday in the parish room to share a soup lunch and raise money for CAFOD. Each week the members of the group make a small donation but it quickly adds up and, whenever there’s an emergency, they’re ready to help.

When we launched our East Africa Crisis appeal last March, they sent us a cheque for £811, a fantastic demonstration of their generosity. Thanks to that generosity, joined with that of parishes all over England and Wales, we’ve been able to provide food, water, healthcare and sanitation to the most vulnerable communities affected and change people’s lives for the better.

East Africa appeal family

A family displaced by the ongoing conflict arrived in Yirol, South Sudan and receive food aid from CAFOD’s local Caritas aid workers, Caritas Rumbek.

So why not slurp some soup yourselves? If you do it regularly, it’s not just a great way to support CAFOD but can really bring your parish community together. Start planning now and, by the time we get to Lent, you’ll be ready to get going. Or, if you move quickly, you might be ready to start in January and offer people a great way to keep up with their new year weight loss resolutions!

Memorial Mass

Please pray for our friends who have passed away

But back to the present. As we move through the last week of November towards Advent, please remember our friends and supporters who have passed away in the previous year. If you would like to spend some time praying for them, you can find their names by clicking on the link below.


CAFOD Hallam friends and supporters who have passed away this year

You might also like to remember one of your loved ones by setting up a Candlelight Fund, a special way to celebrate a life as well as a way to touch a thousand more.

Thank you.

St. William of York to show Romero film

St. William of York in Sheffield would like to invite you to watch a film tracing the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero, former archbishop of San Salvador

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, former archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated in 1980 while saying Mass the day after pleading with the security forces to stop killing innocent civilians.  Commemorative events are being held throughout the world to mark this important anniversary. This deeply moving film traces his journey as Archbishop and his tireless defense of the poor of San Salvador.

Romero 2

Oscar Romero with his people.

Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday 1st December at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Centre. Entrance Free. (Certificate 15).

November Memorial Mass in Doncaster

All are welcome to pay respects to loved ones who have died at a CAFOD memorial mass this November.

Memorial Mass

The CAFOD memorial mass is taking place in Doncaster

The memorial mass for the Hallam diocese is taking place at St Gerard Church in Doncaster on Sunday November 26 at 11am.

At the mass, a book of remembrance will be presented by CAFOD. This will include names of supporters who have sadly passed away during the year.

CAFOD representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said: “This is a lovely way to remember loved ones and anyone is welcome to join us for the mass.

“It is also CAFOD’s opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made. Without them we would not be able to reach those most in need.”

You can add a loved one’s name to the book of remembrance by emailing or calling 020 7095 5348.

For more information, visit our website.