Sophie reflects on her year as a Gapper

In this blog we hear from Sophie, one of Salford’s wonderful gappers, as she comes to the end of her year-long placement with CAFOD.

 

“This year has been such an enjoyable and unforgettable year by far.

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.sophie end ofyear.png

I have become so close with the other gappers over the year, making strong relationships and unforgettable memories that I will treasure forever.  This year has truly enriched me and guided me to what vocation I want to do in life.  I am now off to Lancaster University to study Social Work.

Even though the Step into the Gap programme for this year is coming to an end, I will still continue to be a CAFOD Supporter, putting my faith into action for social justice.

I would like to thank CAFOD Salford for making me feel truly welcome and for all their dedication and hard work.  I would also like to give a huge thank you to all the schools I have met through talking about my overseas visit.

I wish everyone reading this a lovely summer and may God bless you on your journey.”

Inspired by Sophie’s experiences? Find out more about the Step into the Gap programme.

CAFOD Rep from Zambia to speak in Diocese – Thursday 13th July

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Florence from Zambia who turned little fish into big fish and was the focus for Lent 2017.

CAFOD Salford is delighted to be hosting the visit of Mwila Malumbi, our representative in Zambia – who oversees Sr Yvonne’s ‘Big Fish’ project which helped Florence pictured above and others like her.

This will be a great opportunity for us to find out about some of the projects Mwila is involved with and for her to find out what our supporters and volunteers do here in Salford, that enables her team to do such brilliant work with our partners on our behalf. Continue reading

Monthly Prayers July 2017

Opening Prayer:

To God the father, who created the world;

to God the Son, who redeemed the world;

to God the Holy Spirit, who sustains the world;

be all praise and glory, now and forever. Amen

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

Scripture      Matthew 8:23-27

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.

24 A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27 They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

 

Reflection    From Job 38

Where were you when I laid earth’s foundations?

Who decided the dimensions of it – do you know?

Who laid its cornerstone, when all the stars of the morning were singing with joy?

Who pent up the sea behind closed doors,

when it leapt tumultuous out of the womb,

when I wrapped it in a robe of mist,

when I marked the bounds it was not to cross?

Come thus far, I said, and no further;

here your proud waves shall break.

Intercessions

For those who watch and wait and weep today.

Closing Prayer

How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hand!

The heavens declare your glory.

The arch of the sky displays your handiwork.

In your love, you have given us the power

to behold the beauty of your world in all its splendour.

The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills,

the rivers and the lakes, all disclose your presence.

The roaring breakers of the sea tell of your awesome might.

In your goodness you have made us able to hear

the music of the world.

A divine song sings through all creation.

May the holy and life-giving God teach us

to respect all his works,

to praise him in all we do,

to share in his work of creation

and to live in his glory.

   (David Adam)