Judith is our newest Parish Organiser and she’s thrown herself into the role. Her parish, Most Holy Trinity has sponsored her as she has raised money for her favourite charity and now Judith is helping them engage more directly and collectively with CAFOD.
This 47 year-old mother of four lives up to the old adage, ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person‘. Judith is a freelance journalist, home educator for her children and was already active in the parish, as a youth group leader and member of the Justice & Peace group before assuming responsibility to be the parish’s CAFOD contact.
Every year Judith raises money for CAFOD by encouraging sponsors to donate money to CAFOD for her as she ‘goes the extra mile’ by walking 1,000 miles to Santiago de Compostela, a journey she first began with CAFOD two years ago.
Having walked the final 100 miles to the pilgrimage shrine, a journey CAFOD encourages people to make, Judith has raised the challenge as and is now walking the Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela, the long way around. Starting at the beginning of the route that St James is reputed to have taken, she is following the route along the South of France and the North of Spain. Last year Judith walked from Arles to St Martin D’Orb.
The parish has two Mass centres, St Henry Morse in Diss and the Carmelite Convent at Quidenham is the other. On the day of our pilgrimage we meet John Kirk who is busy serving breakfast for us before we begin our ten mile walk to Diss. Alongside Judith, John has also agreed to be a CAFOD Parish Organiser.
Respectful of the support her fellow parishioners have given her over the last two years, especially through their gifts of sponsorship for her endeavour, Judith has wanted to encourage them to share her journey and get involved with CAFOD themselves. The parish has contributed to Fast Day collections in the past, and this year they donated to the Lenten collection as part of CAFOD’s Dig Deep appeal, extending their generosity again.
This summer, rather than focusing on collecting sponsorship for every mile she walks, Judith is encouraging the parish to create a virtual village made up of CAFOD’s World Gifts. Speaking at the end of the Sunday Mass at St Henry Morse, Judith encouraged her fellow parishioners to club together in groups and associations, suggesting that the Readers might contribute money to buy the gift of teaching a child to read, the Altar Servers might save up for the gift of football, and the Flower Arrangers may club together for a bountiful garden, with each gift certificate they get contributing to a village scene. Individuals are welcome to contribute a gift too – and Queen Bees are popular.
You can help Judith reach her £1,000 target by sponsoring her today online.
Want to know more about being a CAFOD Parish Organiser? Could you help arrange the Fast Day collections in your parish? Our role description will tell you what people like Judith and John, and many others in parishes across East Anglia are doing.