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

Dear Father

 Thank you for your support this year. I hope in these difficult times the resources shared below support you and the community in your preparations during the season of Advent.

 We know that it has been a difficult time for our churches, and we are truly grateful that you did not forget our brothers and sisters across the world. During Harvest Fast Day you reached out and encouraged your parishioners to give and pray in different ways.

 The need this year has been huge and challenging across the world. But thanks to you we have been able to continue our international work. Through CAFOD you have supported some of poorest communities most impacted by the virus. You have reached people in more than 33 countries, with over six million people receiving health and prevention advice and more than half a million people receiving safe hygiene supplies and services to prevent and reduce infection. Many more poor and vulnerable families have been supported with food supplies when there was no way to earn a living in the face of lockdown.

 Your care for others meant that we were able to continue support in countries like Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil where communities were already facing the toughest of challenges before the arrival of the virus.

 Please do pass on this information to your parishioners, with our heartfelt thanks. Kayode Akintola, who works for CAFOD in Sierra Leone, West Africa, recorded a message of thanks for all of our supporters, which you might like to view or share in your newsletter, on your parish website or via social media.

 We have a variety of Advent resources and prayer for your use with your parish. These include Advent prayer cards (one for each week), a series of day by day Advent reflections, online prayer events, an online carol service guide with a carol sheet, a chance to join or organise a fun run and other social events and more. Your CAFOD Parish Volunteer may have asked for a notice to appear in your newsletter at the start of Advent. For more information on all of these please see cafod.org.uk/parishes

 This year, we have seen a rise in requests for details of gifts people can buy for their loved ones which also make a practical difference to struggling communities around the world. Therefore, we have decided to send parishes some World Gift catalogues, albeit a limited amount. These can be used now in the run up to Christmas and for any special moment such as birthdays, baptisms right through to Autumn next year. The catalogues should arrive soon. It would be tremendously helpful if they could be mentioned or given out to your parish or held until it is possible for people to take away a copy.

 Finally, I would like to wish you a holy and happy Advent and a restful and joyful Christmas.

 With best wishes

 Liz Baldwin

Community Participation Co-ordinator – CAFOD