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

Give A Gift With Meaning This Christmas.

CAFOD's World Gifts range of ethical Christmas presents includes camels, goats and bees

With Christmas just around the corner, once again we’re faced with the difficult decision of presents. Why not try something different this year and give a gift with meaning. CAFOD World Gifts offers a range of unique and life-changing gifts such as ‘The goat that gives’, ‘Emergency Food’ and ‘A water testing kit’. These gifts of hope range in price so there really is something to suit everyone’s budget, and with themes such as music and football, there is something to suit everyone’s taste as well!

This year, if you buy from World Gifts before midnight on 22 December, you’ll automatically be entered into a prize draw for your chance to win one of these amazing prizes:

  • A Divine chocolate hamper – full of Divine’s delicious Fairtrade and ethical chocolate
  • Two £25 John Lewis vouchers

A gift like ‘A safe place to learn’ could help create a safe environment for children to learn, away from conflict, by providing vital long term counselling and skills workshops in communities torn apart by violence such as gang warfare. Activities funded by this gift let families spend valuable time together safe from conflict and upheaval. For Pavel, who lived in a violent area of El Salvador with high rates of gang violence and gun crime, this gift offered much more for him than any typical Christmas gift, after attending counselling sessions and workshops with his family he is now a young leader in his community, helping to support other young people.

Pavel said “It really helps young people like me to be a part of this. It’s an inspiration for us to belong to a programme which tries to help other young people.”
The gift of a safe place to learn funds vital, long term counselling and workshops in communities torn apart by conflict.

To find out more or to get the perfect gift for everyone this Christmas, visit:

There’s a gift everyone would love!

CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Holy Island, Saturday 10 September 2016.

Come and join us for our CAFOD Hexham and Newcastle Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Holy Island on Saturday 10 September. This year our pilgrimage will focus on the refugee crisis and people will be asked to write messages of hope which will be presented to refugees later in the year. We will be using the Lampedusa Cross reflections throughout the pilgrimage.

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Crossing to Holy Island on The Pilgrim’s Way

Our walk across the causeway begins promptly at 12.30pm. There will be a coinciding liturgy in St Aidan’s RC church on the island at 1.30pm and the day will conclude with Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr Chris Hughes at 3.00pm in St Mary’s church in the priory grounds.

We need volunteers on the day!  We need stewards, musicians, readers, Eucharistic Ministers… can you help? If so please get in touch either by email; or by phoning 0191 384 4847