On Saturday, a small, but energised group attended a CAFOD Salford CAT Chat Day at Our Lady of Dolour’s Servite Priory in Kersal, Salford. The group had an opportunity to share their experiences of the work going on within the 6 CAT (CAFOD Action Teams) Areas which cover the whole of the Diocese of Salford. This work includes many fundraising events, campaign actions and spirituality events.
The day started with prayer and reflection and those assembled remembered the recently deceased members of the CAFOD Volunteer Team, Margaret MacArtney and Anthony Murphy, may they rest in peace. During the day the Communicators were updated by Ged Edwards, CAFOD Salford Diocesan Manager, on the present CAFOD campaign, “Hungry for Change” and how this is be extended until Lent 2014. Campaign cards for “Hungry for Change” can still be completed and sent to CAFOD’s head office for future hand-ins at 10 Downing Street. After enjoying a shared lunch and some unexpected Irish Dancing, the group were then introduced to a new resource which will be available to parishes around the diocese regarding that gem of the Catholic Church, Catholic Social Teaching (CST). This resource [The Principles of CST (one 2 hour session) or a longer version (3 x 2 hour sessions)] will be delivered by a small group of CAFOD volunteers who have studied in detail CST, with the help of CAFOD’s Theology Team and diocesan clergy. It covers such topics as the sources or entry points for CST and the values which underpin it. It can also cover some of the seminal papal documents/encyclicals of pre-Vatican II, e.g. Rerum Novarum, Vatican II itself, e.g. Gaudium et Spes (particularly p63 – p72) and post-Vatican II, e.g. Populorum Progressio. Further details about this CST resource/course will be unveiled soon. The day finished as it had started with prayer and reflection.