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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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.

Join us in Doncaster to Share the Journey

Share the Journey Walk – Doncaster 2nd September 2018

Parishioners from all over  Doncaster are meeting at Lakeside at 3pm on Sunday 2nd September to walk in solidarity with those who are forced to leave their homes and families.

Everyone is welcome to join with them!

The CAFOD campaign, Share the Journey, calls on world leaders meeting at the UN in September to put the human dignity of people on the move at the heart of the two compacts they will be discussing: one on refugees; one on migration. Every minute, 20 people around the world are newly displaced. Half the growing number of refugees are children. So campaigners are asking our Government and others to ensure there is a compassionate response which:- respects human dignity, protects the vulnerable, supports host countries, keeps families together and tackles the reasons why people migrate.

NOW IS THE TIME to take action. World leaders are gathering at the United Nations to discuss plans which could mitigate the suffering of Refugees and Migration. It’s not too late to support this campaign and walk in solidarity with 250 million people who have little or no choice but to leave their homes in search of peace and security and reflect on our own journeys.  Please join us in prayer  now for a united global response that achieves these aims.

Share the Journey prayer

God our refuge, you share the journey with migrants and refugees,

lightening their footsteps with hope.

For you, Lord, are close to the broken hearted.

Pour out your Spirit upon world leaders. May they see the tragedies of our human family, and be moved to respond with wisdom, compassion and courage.

Open our eyes and hearts to the God given dignity of all your people. Move us to welcome our neighbours and so bear witness to your love.

 Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Rachel McCarthy/CAFOD