COVID-19 Update

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CAFOD Supporters taking action against Climate Change

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:

Patrick Gardner        Email: pgardner@cafod.org.uk       Mobile: 07920 565 454         

Emma Nolan            Email: enolan@cafod.org.uk          Mobile: 07769 931 373

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 at The Diocese of Lancaster website.

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 on our social media pages for the latest updates:

Find us on Facebook  and and Twitter at CAFOD in Lancaster.

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.

Parliament in your Parish

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

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.

Stations of the Cross

Join us online every Friday throughout Lent as we walk through the Stations of the Cross. Starting the 19th of February at 11am, we will be led on a prayerful journey of transformation in solidarity with people living in poverty around the world. Let’s meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross, following themes of justice, poverty, mercy, friendship and hope this Lent.

Register for the Stations of the Cross series

Have you signed up yet?

Provide fresh and clean water, shelter and food for vulnerable families overseas by walking, dancing, hopping, or skipping 10,000 steps for 40 days!

Walk for Water is the only Lent challenge you need: 10,000 steps a day – done your way. Every day. For 40 days. Could you use your exercise or outdoor time to join Abdella in solidarity and make a profound difference across the world? Go the distance this Lent and help to end water poverty.

You don’t have to get tied in a knot about how to do it: whether you hop it, skip it, slide it, run it, jump it, dance it, stamp it, stomp it. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just as long as you put your heart and soul into it!

Sign up now, raise money and do something different to fight water poverty this Lent

Or join us for our Big Walk for Water on Saturday 20 February at 2 pm, walking alongside Abdella as part of our nationwide virtual event. Could you encourage others to walk too? Your friends, parishioners or family? Click the above link or get in touch with us for more details.