CAFOD Prayers – January 2018

Tuesday 2 January


Sign of the Cross

Opening Prayer:

He who comes

comes to us now

in the silence,

in the darkness,

in the confusion,

in the loneliness,

as Word and

as Light,

as Truth and

as Love:




                                       (Harry Wiggett)

Scripture      Numbers 6:22-27

22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

27 So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Luke 2:16-21

16 So (the shepherds) went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


Concluding Prayer

God, our dayspring and our dawn,

we turn to you when we fear the dark

and all around us weep.

We pray you greet us with your shining light

that we may spread your warm embrace

and kindle the hope of Christmas

in all whose lives remain in shadow.

Come and be our strength, O Lord,

our hope and our salvation.  Amen.             

       (Annabel Shilson-Thomas)

Highlights of the Year – 2017 Part II

Written by CAFOD volunteer Estefania Gonzalez.

We’ve had such a great year that we had to split it into two blogs!

Read Part I of our 2017 highlights!

Laudato Si

In Laudato Si, the letter of Pope Francis, he talks about our ‘care for our common home’ and to show our love for creation. In June, CAFOD Salford, as a practical response for this, launched its B.O.B box project. Bishop John Arnold has encouraged the project and said that ‘the B.O.B boxes gives us a real opportunity to connect with nature, by helping endangered birds and bats that are so important to our local environment’

Don’t ditch Fair Trade

Unfortunately, this year Sainsbury’s decided to ditch Fairtrade Mark from some of their own brand tea and replace it with its own ‘Fairly Traded’ brand. Fairtrade makes a difference to the workers in some of the world’s poorest communities.

But CAFOD, in collaboration with others, have said #dontditchfairtrade by taking action in October. Thanks to that, thousands of people have already written to Sainsbury’s and gather outside their local Sainsbury’s store using mug props saying ‘‘Ditching Fairtrade: not my cup of tea’.


Lastly, but not least, the amazing result on Maua. CAFOD has been supporting the Maua community for months to avoid the eviction where hundreds of families in Sao Paulo would lose their roof over their heads.

In England and Wales, 4,000 CAFOD supporters joined this action by signing petitions, sending emails and sharing pictures in social media #Ficamaua, and the eviction was CANCELLED.

This means that 237 families who have been living in Maua for the last decade will continue to live there.

From CAFOD Salford, we want to say THANK YOU, and we hope that this serves as a reflection of this year on how much we can achieve when we are united.

Hope all these stories have inspired and encouraged you for a better 2018.

Thank you for everything.

A happy new year from Steve, Ann and Rosie.

Highlights of the Year – 2017 Part I

Written by CAFOD volunteer Estefania Gonzalez.

2017 has been great, and we’ve seen a lot of contribution from the communities to help those who need it. So, here there are the main highlights and news that have happened in CAFOD during this year. We hope that this inspires everyone that has helped and encourage people to believe that we can make a greater impact this 2018.

Happy New Year!

Power to be

CAFOD believes that every child has the power in them to achieve great things. However, with one in six people living without electricity, this dream seems distant to many children. During the year, CAFOD volunteers have been visiting schools to share the news of the campaign by taking part in workshops, which taught the children how some children across the world are sometimes unable to reach their true potential due to poverty and a lack of renewable energy.

Many schools have been involved like St Brendan’s RC Primary which has been supporting this campaign.

Members of St John’s CAFOD Group have met Julie Cooper MP who signed one of the current CAFOD “Power to be” campaign cards which are calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people.


Lent and Harvest Fast Day – Zambia & El Salvador

This year during Lent Fast Day, many soup lunches were held! All of these actions helped Florence who lives in Zambia. Thanks to donations from CAFOD supporters, CAFOD’s partner in the area gave Florence tiny fish and they taught her to build fish ponds and care for the growing fishes – providing a way for her to help herself and her family.

This Harvest Fast Day has focused on the work with our partners doing in El Salvador on improving agriculture and healthcare. However, that has not been all.  This year’s Harvest day has also been marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth.el-salvador


This year, two of our Gappers – Lizzie and Sophie – finished their placement.

They shared their experience saying that: ‘Volunteering for CAFOD has given me such wide perspective on life.  I have developed my leadership skills and self-confidence by campaigning for CAFOD and sharing the stories of the people I encountered overseas in Ethiopia. Being able to go overseas and see the work that CAFOD do has just been my highlight of the year and it has been a privilege to be able to tell people, especially CAFOD supporters, about it, letting them know that what they are doing is really making a positive difference to our brothers and sisters across the world.”

On the other hand, CAFOD has also welcomed new gappers, including Sophie. She said: ‘By doing my placement at Leeds Trinity University, I hope to work with students on issues of social injustice, and help raise awareness of CAFODs work all over the world. I aim to show how much simple acts of giving, contacting your MP, or empowering people can have such a positive effect on people globally.’

We thank and encourage all of them in their future steps!!

Keep your eyes peeled for part two of CAFOD Salford’s 2017 highlights after the new year!