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.
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.
Some may be familiar names to many of us, such as inspirational parish priests, or parish and school volunteers who’ve organised events and visited schools on behalf of CAFOD. Many more will be men and women who’ve gone about their busy lives but also quietly found time to offer love, practical support and prayers to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Ordinary men and women who have made an extraordinary difference to people’s lives.
So in celebration of our inspiring friends, and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD Lancaster will be holding a Mass of Remembrance at 11.00am on Saturday 22 November 2014 at St Anne’s Catholic Church, Westby Mills, Westby, PR4 3PL (mid-way between Preston and Blackpool).
A Book of Remembrance will be included as part of the offertory procession and prayers will be offered in memory of those in the Book of Remembrance and all CAFOD supporters who have passed away.
All are welcome to join us, whether to remember fellow CAFOD supporters or members of your own family, friends and community who’ve passed away.
We appreciate, of course, that not everyone will be able to attend but may still wish for a loved one to be included in our Book of Remembrance. If you would like us to remember and pray for a loved one, please contact us by email at email@example.com or phone us on 01772 733310 (if possible by 17 November 2014).
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided after the service, so we hope you’ll be able to stay on for a while to speak with other local CAFOD supporters and staff. It would be wonderful to see you at such a special event. We hope to see many of you there.