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 19 November 2017 to be the first World Day of the Poor. On this World Day we are called to love and share with the poorest amongst us, and bear witness to Jesus’ preferential love for the poor.

In our communities, we are invited to offer friendship, solidarity and welcome to the poorest of our sisters and brothers. Pope Francis also asks us to pray together, especially the Our Father. The CAFOD web-site has ideas for how we can respond to this call. These include watching and sharing the ‘Our Father’ video on the web-site page above with your friends and family, or using some of the many prayers on poverty you can find there to prepare for the World Day of the Poor. There are also further ideas and resources on the pages of the Catholic Social Action Network web-site.

Here’s a prayer from the CAFOD pages you may like to pray yourself or share:

 Prayer of intercession to the Blessed Virgin Mary for migrants and refugees

O Blessed Mary, Mother of Mercy, you fled into exile in the moonlight, carrying your son, our Lord Jesus. You shared his journey to the Cross, and are now robed in the light of peace.

Mary, Mother of the Poor, watch over migrants and refugees holding their families close on fearful journeys. Comfort and protect them, we pray, as they walk beneath the shining stars.

Bless our communities, loving Mary, fill our hearts with compassion, help us to shelter the stranger, and share the goodness of God’s consoling love with all our neighbours.

Hail Mary...

Rachel McCarthy/CAFOD