CAFOD Young Leader takes up a Catechetical Challenge!!!

Anastasia Ward, a CAFOD sixth form Young Leader from St Mary’s School Cambridge has taken up the challenge of leading a First Holy Communion group session at her home parish in Cambourne.

Catechists Lorretta and Ian Peck and Mary Humphrey invited her to lead a session focused on ‘To Love and Serve’. Anastasia was able to use the skills she’s learnt as part of her leadership training to explain CAFOD’s work with people living in poverty. Activities included a Fairtrade game, reflections on the miracle of the huge catch of fishes and Jesus command to Peter, ‘Feed my sheep’.

Inspired by the session the group organised a vibrant and enthusiastic cake sale on Saturday 30th March in aid of CAFOD’s Lent appeal. The parish community responded enthusiastically to the group’s generosity of time, spirit and money and a total of £243 was raised.

The first communion catechists were delighted with Anastasia’s input saying, ‘it was a great example of how catechetics can be lived by the whole community-not isolated with ‘books in a back room’.



To find out more read a longer version of this article on the Diocesan website



CAFOD in East Anglia raise funds for the DEC Cyclone Idai appeal

Parishes and schools in East Anglia are organising special collections for the Cyclone Idai appeal on the weekends of 30th March – 31st March or 6th- 7th April. To find out the latest news about the situation on the ground take a look at the CAFOD website. Read how the parish of Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury have already responded to the appeal on the East Anglia Diocesan Blog