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”

CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle Memorial Mass

CAFOD in Hexham and Newcastle Memorial Mass was offered by Fr Colm Hayden at theIMG_20171126_121403 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.

Birtley couple recognised for 45 years’ service

A Birtley couple celebrating their sapphire wedding anniversary have been recognised for their CAFOD work after raising over £100,000. 

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Kevin and Kathleen with their grandchildren

Kevin and Kathleen Haigh first signed up to volunteer for the aid agency CAFOD in 1971 and have continued throughout their married life.

The couple have put on fundraising events every year that they’ve been married, raising a staggering £100,000 for CAFOD’s work with vulnerable communities overseas.


“We have found many different ways of raising funds and awareness. We have held auctions, sponsored walks, had soup for tea afternoons on a Friday and sung carols in Gateshead’s Metro Centre since it was built,” said Kevin. 


And despite their amazing achievement, they have committed to continue their work.

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