Romero Anniversary Mass

Picture1Join parishioners of St Mary’s Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB 10.00am, Sunday 22 October

For their Mass to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero.

Tea/coffee and cake will be served afterwards along with a showing of the film “Romero”.

All are most welcome to attend.

 

Laudato Si’; how the Pope’s encyclical has changed the world

It has been a year since Pope Francis published his encyclical, entitled “Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home.” His theological message, written with hope and resolve, brought Catholics together to call to dialogue and look at how the earth is being mistreated. His letter asking us to care for God’s creation has become a crucial dimension of Catholic Social Teaching and has instigated global activity to combat climate change.

His letter’s greatest impact, on the international scene, came at the Paris climate talks in December 2015.  Many Catholics joined other Christians on pilgrimages to Paris ahead of the talks to put pressure on leaders of the nations in attendance.

MarchingCAFOD supporter Georgia White from Leicester travelled to the Paris with 20 other CAFOD supporters and staff. She notes how, “it was important that our delegation attended the conference so that we could pray and campaign for those who are most affected by climate change.  It was also an opportunity to play an active part in witnessing the church’s commitment to social justice.”

She agrees that, “The Papal Encyclical is a worldwide wake-up call that helps humanity to understand the destruction that we are causing to the environment. Above all else, it is a challenge, to believers and non-believers alike, to do something in the face of climate change.”

On a diocesan level, many parishes and schools have undertaken their own encyclical implementation efforts. In the Hexham and Newcastle diocese, parishes have been going greener to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.”

Find out how your parish can become greener.

CAFOD representative in Hexham and Newcastle, Jeremy Cain, said: “It’s good to know the Pope sees the world the same way that we do. I’m inspired by the way he shows us the links between people and the environment from both a physical and spiritual perspective. We are so grateful for all that parishes and schools are doing to put the Pope’s message into action.”

Continue reading about the Laudato Si’. 

Written by CAFOD’s Katherine Binns

Are you interested in volunteering for CAFOD as a Communications Volunteer?

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Clare on Radio Gbarnga – reaching about 5000 people!

The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) is the official overseas development and humanitarian agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Together with our partners we strive to reduce the impact of poverty, to address and challenge its root causes and to empower people to bring about change for themselves. We work with people of all faiths and none.

CAFOD’s Mission includes raising awareness and understanding of the causes of poverty and injustice to inspire a commitment to lasting change both within the Church and the wider community. This is achieved through working with the regional and social media.

The main aim of a Communications Volunteer is to increase the profile of the work of CAFOD in local areas and celebrate the involvement of its supporters and volunteers – in regional newspapers, radio, TV and online, in the diocesan press and website, through the local blog and through social media.

The Communications Volunteer will gather and coordinate information about the activities of parish groups, schools and individual supporters in their own parish, town and diocese across the region. They will then produce relevant materials for regional and online media and ensure this information is shared with their local team.

All volunteers should have an interest in media and communications and understand the importance of communicating about CAFOD to external audiences. The volunteer will need a good level of understanding of media and communications work, the relevant skills, enjoy and feel confident in talking to other volunteers and the media.

Come and join us , help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities.   To read more please visit: http://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Volunteer-with-us or to apply, please telephone CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle Volunteer Centre on 0191 384 4847

CAFOD is the official development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.