Last week, 16 of our volunteers came together and we had the opportunity to celebrate and cherish their support for CAFOD in a Thanksgiving Mass at St Wilfrid’s in Preston. The day was full with emotions, especially with gratitude for all our volunteers who generously give their time and talents to support CAFOD.
We came together as a community, sharing our different volunteer roles and experiences – Parish volunteers, School volunteers, Campaign volunteers, Area Coordinators, Office volunteers and Step into the Gap volunteers. We had the privilege to have Father Paul Fletcher S.J. as celebrant for our Thanksgiving Mass. Fr Paul’s signing of the Mass was beautiful. The liturgy was a wonderful experience. Reflective prayers remembered CAFOD’s work with our sisters and brothers in the poorest communities overseas and celebrated our CAFOD volunteers not only in Lancaster Diocese, but also our volunteers, nationally and overseas.
We were delighted to be joined by our CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer, Aleks, who earlier this year visited CAFOD projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Over lunchtime, Aleks shared with us her experience as a CAFOD ‘gapper’, this year, and of her time overseas with CAFOD. It was wonderful to hear from Aleks about the life-transforming work of CAFOD’s projects overseas. We wish Aleks all the best for the future as this fantastic gap year with CAFOD comes to an end later this month.
However, the day would have not been complete without sharing a delicious lunch together. The day has been a blessing and we celebrate the amazing work that our volunteers do. We really couldn’t do the work we do without them – they are priceless!
From CAFOD in Lancaster we want to say again ‘THANK YOU’ to our wonderful volunteers!
‘So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.’ Galatians 6:9
Have a blessed day!