CAFOD supporters take on many creative ideas and initiatives but there is one CAFOD supporter who has been 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
CAFOD in Hexham and Newcastle Memorial Mass was offered by Fr Colm Hayden at the church of St Joseph in the Parish of Durham Martyrs on Sunday 26 November. Over 200 hundred people attended . Parishioners commented on how they felt the Mass was a beautiful occasion and it was wonderful to see the CAFOD Book of Remembrance brought to the altar during the offertory procession.
CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator and Permanent Deacon, David Cross (pictured right holding the CAFOD Book of Remembrance) preached the homily and Fr Colm drew attention to the Book of Remembrance. Prayers were offered for all the deceased in our book and for deceased parishioners of Durham Martyrs Parish.
Many thanks to Fr Colm and all the parishioners for their warm welcome and generous support of CAFOD.
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 email@example.com or calling 020 7095 5348.