Rare Stamps Album On Sale in Aid Of CAFOD

A Haltwhistle volunteer hopes to raise hundreds for CAFOD by selling a rare stamps album to commemorate visits by Saint Pope John Paul II to countries around the world.

First Day Cover Album

The First Day Cover Album

Pat Peace is a keen stamp collector and has decided to sell the album in aid of CAFOD.

The album features 44 first day covers from across the world, which are specifically designed envelopes made when a new stamp is issued.

Pat is raising money as part of St Wilfrid’s Church and St John of Beverley Church’s celebrations in honour of parish priest Father Leo Pyle’s diamond jubilee, marking 60 years since he was ordained as a priest.

To mark the occasion, Father Leo was presented with a Papal blessing, as well as a presentation given by Pat on his Vatican stamps collection.

After a collection raised more than £355 for CAFOD, Pat was offered £100 for a special first day cover of explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, prompting the idea to sell the Saint Pope John Paul II stamps album.

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Meet Patricia

CAFOD supporters take on many creative ideas and initiatives but there is one CAFOD supporter who has bee20171130_111454n using her writing talents to raise funds for CAFOD for over twenty years. Her name is Patricia Thompson of St Joseph’s Parish, North Shields. Patricia is a Health Care Assistant at a local hospital and in spite of working long hours and  awkward shift patterns she manages to write some  great poetry and faith reflections.  Patricia has been writing since her Father died in 1995.  Patricia, pictured right with just some of the books she has produced over the years, said that “When she has written enough poems or reflections she puts them together in a book which she gets photocopied at her own expense and sells the books to parishioners at church, family members and work colleagues”. this year so far she has raised almost £500 for CAFOD. Here’s one of Patricia’s poems from September 2016 entitled “I Look To You” Continue reading

Power to be in our schools

St Joseph Primaary power to be1CAFOD Schools Volunteer, Margaret Hodgson has been doing great work on Power To be in some of our schools encouraging students to think about renewable and environmentally friendly energy.  Margaret said “The students explored global statistics and then discussed what shocked them, surprised them and what gave them hope”