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CAFOD East Anglia is currently looking for a Community Participation Coordinator East Anglia.

You would be responsible for recruiting and supporting a team of committed, inspired and motivated volunteers working in parish and school communities. You would contribute to the development and delivery of a regional parishioner, children and young people participation plans; be responsible for the delivery of the regional plan with a primary focus on one diocese; share accountability for regional fundraising, education, campaigns targets in line with the overall participation plans. The candidate is expected to be mobile and flexible to meet volunteers as required.

If you are motivated, possess strong interpersonal skills, enjoy working with others and want to join us, apply before 9 July.

> More information can be found on our website.

Bernard and Mary share their CAFOD stories

Two dedicated CAFOD volunteers shared their thoughts on charity work they have been engaged in for the past years.

Bernard began volunteering for CAFOD 36 years ago. He says:

“I came back to Cambridge after two stints in the states with an agrochemical company and was looking to reintegrate into the community. I had returned from the US in a privileged position financially and wanted to give back. I only joined St. Philip Howard, which was a relatively new parish back then, by accident. I joined SVP and was one of the founding members of our parish’s Justice and Peace group – there are only two of us left now! From that, I got to know a nun who was having problem getting funds to CAFOD, so worked alongside her for a time and through that I came across CAFOD’s education campaign ‘Just Food’.

I would have said that it would be quite unlikely that I would still be volunteering for CAFOD in 30 years time if you’d asked me when I first started! But if my health stands up, I would think I’d still be volunteering in ten years time.”

Mary got involved with CAFOD’s work in the early 1990s, along with her late husband. She recalls:

“In our parish in Downham every mass this wonderful lady, Elsie Travers, would stand with the bucket – the CAFOD bucket we called it! – asking for spare coppers for CAFOD. I got talking to her and she gave me information about CAFOD and so on. She really is one of the reasons I got involved with CAFOD.”

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Bishop Hopes celebrates a special Mass for CAFOD

Welcoming the crowd of volunteers in the Cathedral, Bishop Alan thanked them for all that they do with CAFOD, in parishes and schools across the diocese, gathering support for people in need across the world.

bishop-alan-hopes-celebrates-mass-smallerThe Mass is part of the diocesan celebrations of the 40th anniversary of our diocese. Bishop Alan spoke of how forty years ago Bishop Grant, who had a close connection with Cambridge and Ely, had petitioned the Pope to create the diocese of East Anglia, was also CAFOD’s first chairman.

Bishop Alan Hopes said: “CAFOD, had been created a few years earlier, after the Second Vatican Council from the response that the Catholic Community had shown to the needs of others as they witnessed their plight around the world. 

Helping people in poverty around the world, church partners, and the wider Caritas International family is a heartfelt expression of our faith, carrying out those acts of mercy that we have been remembering over the last year: feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, and welcoming the stranger.

When the diocese of East Anglia was created the Fast Days had become an established part of the Church’s calendar, in Lent and at Harvest, as they are today.

Thank you, all of you, for the good work that you do for CAFOD in your parishes.”

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CAFOD has always been a dear part of the work of this diocese, part of our mission to carry forward the work of Christ Himself in the world, helping people toward fulfilment, free from poverty and injustice. And so we pray, we fast, and we give generously to help our global neighbours.

sister-yvonne-talks-to-volunteers_2-smallerIn the afternoon, CAFOD’s Partner, Sister Yvonne Mwila from Zambia, spoke about the work she is able to do thanks to the donations that people have given to CAFOD. She works with households in distress, caring for those who are orphaned, those with disabilities, and those who are living with HIV.

Sister Yvonne and the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, care for these people, and they ask them ‘what would you like to do?’ And so it was that Florence became a fisherwoman.

Florence lost her husband and son to HIV – although she didn’t know what it was – and she thought she would be next. Through the care and treatment of the Sisters, she was nursed back to health.

When Florence said she wanted to be a fisherwoman the Sisters wondered how she would do it. But they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. Florence became someone important. And in turn Florence has taught other people how they too can farm fish.

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Our day ended with Stations of the Cross, reflecting on the experiences of those who fall and thirst in Zambia, and so we accompany Jesus on his final journey toward the cross.

Lent Fast Day is on Friday 10 March.

You can donate to our Fast Day Appeal online >