CAFOD Award for Brownedge St Mary’s Student

Last week, a student from Brownedge St Mary’s Catholic High School in Bamber Bridge won the “CAFOD Salford Award – Action for Global Justice, Pray – Give – Act” for her constant contribution to CAFOD.

The student in Year 10, received the Award at their Parish Prize Night on 27th June because of her constant dedication coming to the CAFOD group, giving her time to support local CAFOD events, leading younger students in school and enthusiastically and creatively planning and leading various CAFOD events in school including fundraisers and assemblies. The prize was presented to her by Linda from the Parish group. For parish fundraising ideas just click here.

Chloe Prize Night

We love to hear these stories and from CAFOD in Salford Office we want to also congratulate Chloe for her time and work. May you be an inspiration to many!

 

JULY MONTHLY PRAYER

CAFOD PRAYERS for Tuesday 3rd July 2018 

Feast of St Thomas the Apostle 

 

Opening Prayer (All)  

O Lord, open our eyes to your presence, 

open our minds to your grace, 

open our lips to your praise, 

open our hearts to your love, 

open our lives to your healing  

and be found amongst us. 

 

Readings:Ephesians 2:19-22 

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. 

Psalm 116 

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the good news. 

Praise the Lord, all you nations. 

Acclaim him all you peoples! 

Strong is his love for us; 

He is faithful for ever. 

 

John 11:16  

Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him”. 

John 20:24-29 

But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 

Reflection 

“This passage from John’s Gospel has all the more significance because it brings the Gospel to a close (Chapter 21 is a sort of Appendix).  The Gospel ends as it began with the only two unmistakable declarations in the New Testament of the divinity of Jesus. “The Word was God” and “My Lord and my God” bracket the Gospel, showing the purpose and angle of the whole, to show that Jesus is God.  It complements the other Gospels: they show a man who is also God, whereas this Gospel shows a God who is also man.”   

(Henry Wansborough in “The Sunday Word”) 

Prayers of Concern 

 

Closing Prayer(All) 

Go gently, my friends; 

feel the good earth beneath your feet, 

celebrate the rising of the sun, 

listen to the birds at dawn, 

walk gently under the silent stars, 

knowing that you are on holy ground, 

held in love, 

in the wonder of God’s creation. 

Amen 

Share the Journey Walk – Loreto High School and College

This week we have an encouraging story to share with you and let’s hope that others follow this example and step up to take part in CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign. This week, two schools have united, Loreto High School in Chorlton and Loreto College in Hulme, to raise awareness about the plight of refugees by walking the distance from Loreto High to Loreto College. Nine students from the high school, 10 from the college and 4 staff walked a joint total of 55.2 miles.

It is really encouraging to see young people taking this campaign action. As you might be aware, we have already hit our target of walking 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. But, that is not all, we are now aiming to walk around a second time!

This campaign has been inspired by Pope Francis’ concern for refugees and migrants: “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”

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Libby, 18, said: “I liked the walk; it was good and made us think about things in a different way and understand a little the stories of others and that we might be able to help.”

Also, Zeerik in Year 9 said: “I felt really good being part of the walk, I feel that I was part of something bigger by helping to make people aware that there are human stories behind the numbers.”

We are so happy to see how people respond to these campaigns and the impact and the message that sends to our political leaders. Do not forget that you can sign CAFOD’s petition to the Prime Minister, urging the UK to ensure the human dignity of migrants and refugees is at the heart of the global compacts or agreements to be decided at the UN later this year.

Written by Estefanía González