Rare Stamps Album On Sale in Aid Of CAFOD

A Haltwhistle volunteer hopes to raise hundreds for CAFOD by selling a rare stamps album to commemorate visits by Saint Pope John Paul II to countries around the world.

First Day Cover Album

The First Day Cover Album

Pat Peace is a keen stamp collector and has decided to sell the album in aid of CAFOD.

The album features 44 first day covers from across the world, which are specifically designed envelopes made when a new stamp is issued.

Pat is raising money as part of St Wilfrid’s Church and St John of Beverley Church’s celebrations in honour of parish priest Father Leo Pyle’s diamond jubilee, marking 60 years since he was ordained as a priest.

To mark the occasion, Father Leo was presented with a Papal blessing, as well as a presentation given by Pat on his Vatican stamps collection.

After a collection raised more than £355 for CAFOD, Pat was offered £100 for a special first day cover of explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, prompting the idea to sell the Saint Pope John Paul II stamps album.

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Remember Loved Ones at Durham Memorial Mass

All are welcome to pay respects to loved ones who have died at a CAFOD memorial mass this November. 

Memorial Mass

You can remember loved ones at the CAFOD memorial mass

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 remembrance@cafod.org.uk or calling 020 7095 5348.

For more information, visit our website.


Secondary Schools Come Together For Young Leaders Programme

Secondary schools from across the diocese came together for the second year of our CAFOD Young Leaders programme. 

Young Leaders September

Schools from across the Hexham and Newcastle diocese gathered together

The schools gathered at St Mary’s Catholic School in Longbenton on Thursday September 28 for the first of three training days.

The programme offers students an opportunity to take the lead by volunteering for CAFOD and make a difference by fighting poverty and injustice.

Young Leaders helps to bring alive Catholic social teaching in practical ways.

Young Leaders September (2)

There were pupils from Year 7 up to Year 11 involved

The training, delivered by Sarah Burrows from CAFOD, offered students a great chance to meet new people and gain confidence, skills and experience.

Our next training day is in January 2018 at St John’s secondary school in Bishop Auckland.

To find out more about the Young Leaders programme, visit our website.