Ryton Churches Together raise funds for CAFOD

Karen Kelly, from of St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas, Stella, explains how three local denominations came together for Lent and raised some valuable funds for CAFOD.

When it comes to global justice, we’re all in the same boat!

“Catholics, Anglicans and Methodists met weekly over five weeks of Lent to hear a short talk about the ‘I Am’ sayings of Jesus. The Methodist Church provided the use of their hall and kitchen and each denomination prepared soup, sandwiches and cake, giving us an opportunity to discuss what we had heard and share time together over some excellent food!

As ever, we were sad when the Lenten series of lunches came to an end, having found the time together really worthwhile, but we were happy to have also raised £267.13 for CAFOD raised by donations from those who attended.”

As the Christian community of Ryton have shown so wonderfully, Churches Together groups can be a fantastic way to bring our work for global justice to a wider audience. As we prepare to launch our latest campaign, how about getting together with some of your fellow Christians to maximise your impact? Let us know how you get on!

 

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; hexhamandnewcastle@cafod.org.uk or by phoning 0191 384 4847

Appeal launches in Hexham and Newcastle to respond to the Ethiopian Drought

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Two failed rainy seasons which supply over 80% of Ethiopia’s agricultural crops has exhausted people’s ability to cope and they have simply run out of options for feeding their families and animals. We are appealing to our supporters in the Hexham and Newcastle diocese to help provide food, clean water and basic sanitation

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The devastating food shortage has been caused by two failed rainy seasons that has led to a severe drought, fuelled by one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns recorded. CAFOD’s partners in Ethiopia have been responding to the crisis since last year, reaching people with emergency food assistance and clean water. We are now appealing for £3 million to help those worst affected.

CAFOD representative for Hexham and Newcastle, David Cross, said:

“Our supporters here in the Hexham and Newcastle diocese have always been generous both in times of emergency and for our ongoing work, with many parishes and schools coming together for our Lenten Appeal.

They are out fundraising and praying for the communities in Ethiopia. Because of this, we will be able to get more emergency aid to those who need it most.”

How you can help

CAFOD is asking for people to give, act and pray in solidarity with the people of Ethiopia and those affected by the drought.

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Even the smallest donation can make a massive difference to help us reach people in remote and isolated communities.

  • £16 can buy 100kg of maize to feed a family of five for a month
  • £35 provides a monthly food basket containing wheat, cooking oil and pulses
  • £83 can provide 100kg of wheat seeds for farmers to sow

Shiferaw Mamo, Programme Coordinator for our partner, the Catholic Secretariat of Ethiopia, told us:

“Whatever anyone is able to give; £5, £20 or £100, they must know that they are saving lives; what they give changes a life.”

Donate to the appeal