World Day of the Poor Sunday 19 November 2017

This coming Sunday Pope Francis has called on the church to focus on the plight of those whose lives are blighted by poverty. To pray about, reflect and act upon poverty which manifests itself in many guisesuk-lampedusa-crosses-in-a-row_opt_fullstory_large.  Why not say this prayer in your parish:

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Reader 1: We ask forgiveness for the times when we have not worshipped you and
made your name holy, when we have been caught up in the desire to have more.
All: We pray that we may be open to hearing your voice and inspired to work for
economic justice.

All: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Reader 2: We ask forgiveness for the times when we have not promoted the full
dignity of men and women.
All: We pray in hope that discrimination and prejudice will give way to welcoming
all people to your banquet.

All: Give us this day our daily bread.
Reader 3: We ask forgiveness for the times we have not shared our resources with
others.
All: We pray that we may be generous both with our possessions and our gifts and
live lives of solidarity.

All: And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Reader 4: We ask forgiveness for the times we have not been in right relationship
with others.
All: We pray that your spirit of reconciliation may be made real within us.

All: And lead us not into temptation.
Reader 5: We ask forgiveness for the times when we have not believed that our
actions could make a difference.
All: We pray that we may work towards the common good, knowing that you are
with us always.

All: But deliver us from evil.
Reader 6: We ask forgiveness for the times we have dismissed the sin of
environmental injustice.
All: We pray that we may have the courage and conviction to act now to prevent
further destruction to God’s beautiful planet.

All: For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, now and forever.
Reader 7: We ask forgiveness for the times we have prevented others from
flourishing, from reaching their full potential.
All: We pray for a child-like spirit, open to the wonder of creation and the diversity
of peoples, since the glory of God is the whole of creation and the whole of
humanity, fully alive. Amen.

Adaptation by Susy Brouard

Remember Loved Ones at Durham Memorial Mass

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

Memorial Mass

You can remember loved ones at the CAFOD memorial mass

The memorial mass for the Hexham and Newcastle diocese is taking place at St Joseph’s Church in Durham 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 Hexham and Newcastle, David Cross, 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.”

Following the mass, tea and coffee will be available should you wish to join other parishioners.

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

For more information, visit our website.

 

St Charles Launches Connect2 Ethiopia

On Sunday 22 October, parishioners at St Charles, Gosforth launched their partnership OWWlunch 3with CAFOD’s Connect2 Community in Ethiopia by holding a One World lunch. CAFOD volunteer, Helen Coyne writes;

“About 60 people attended with a good mix of families with children, young and older people who all enjoyed themselves. There were dishes from all over the world including:  Portugal, Italy, France, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Burma, India, and Texas (apparently that is where chilli con carne originated). Fr Bill said Grace and the food was excellent with many people tasting nearly every dish!! The answers to the Cafod  climate change and food quizzes that were on the tables are now on the J&P noticeboard. Connect2 Ethiopia information was on the walls, and will be in our newsletters.  £150 was taken in donations.

Thank you donors and cooks!”