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. 

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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.

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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.

English Martyrs go green for CAFOD

Margaret Hodgson, our wonderful Schools’ Volunteer Coordinator, recently visited The English Martyrs School in Hartlepool. 

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English Martyrs students play Sometimes, Always, Never

When you finish a can of coke (or other fizzy drink) do you make sure it gets recycled? Do you eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packaged meals? Do you use both sides of a piece of paper? These are just some of the questions we asked students at English Martyrs to see just how environmentally aware they were.

In a change from their normal Geography lessons, CAFOD were invited in to work with the students on the issue of climate change. The game Sometimes, Always, Never is always a favourite, asking the young people to give one of the three answers to twenty questions that explore different things we could do to help reduce climate change.

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Getting to grips with the climate change game

This was followed by the climate change game, a classic board game with a twist that, as the name suggests, presents students with a variety climate change dilemmas to overcome!

It was a great time to visit as we’ve just launched a new campaign, Power to Be, that asks governments and the World Bank to invest more in renewable energy. This will not only help offset climate change but also provide poor people living in rural areas with a much needed source of power. If you’d like to get involved, please follow the link to our webpage.