Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

Pope Francis has declared Sunday 18 November 2018 to be the second World Day of the Poor. On this day we are called to open our arms with love for people living in poverty. We are called to examine our conscience to see if we can truly hear and respond to the cry of the poor in our world. 

On the news pages of the CAFOD web-site, you’ll see that there are prayers for this special day, as well as stories and ideas for other activities. There is also the thought that we can buy a World Gift: if we send a goat, for instance, it can give life-saving milk to children living in poverty. Catalogues with the full range of gifts will be available shortly, or follow the links from the CAFOD web-site at any time.

Below is an example of the prayers – do have a look at the web-site for others to inspire you. 

For a better world

Generous God, we thank you: For the gifts you have given us, the abundance of your Creation, and the beauty that surrounds us.

For the people whose lives have touched ours, for the love they show, the burdens they lift, the hopes we share.

Compassionate God, we ask you: to fill us with your love, to place in our hearts a spirit of courage, to move us to reach out to others in need.

And lead us to play our part, so that now and in generations to come all your children may share in our hope for a better world.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Written by Catherine Gorman/CAFOD for the Your Catholic Legacy consortium