Fast Day is on Friday 2 October

Hamani lives in a remote village in Niger. Life is incredibly tough there. With longer and hotter dry seasons, it is becoming more difficult to grow crops. Just three years ago drought destroyed much of the harvest Hamani and his neighbours were depending on. Your generosity provided Hamani’s community with enough basic food to keep them alive.

Our Harvest appeal is raising money for our on-going development work with people like Hamani, helping them adapt to the changing climate with tools, training and investment.

Your donations will also help our church partners to respond to the current refugee crisis in Syria, the surrounding countries, and in the refugee camps in Calais.

CAFOD

The official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Across the world we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none. Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world. Together we pray, act and give to help our brothers and sisters living in poverty around the world.

This parish supports CAFOD, raising funds each year through the Fast Day collections (Harvest and Lent), emergency appeals, Lenten lunches, and a range of other prayer and social events. 

CAFOD works in partnership with agencies of the Catholic Church across the world. Because of these partnerships, between this parish and overseas partners, CAFOD keeps the cost of raising money low, making sure we can help more people. 

Anyone willing to help in any way please contact Stephen Matthews. 

Visit: www.cafod.org.uk  and www.cafodeastanglia.wordpress.com

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Foodbank

This parish is a founder member of the Cambridge City Foodbank, responding with care and charity for people in crisis living locally.

Cambridge City Foodbank works to support people who find themselves on the edge of disaster, following a sudden crisis, such as a redundancy, delayed benefit payments, illness, etc.

We help by giving our nutritionally balanced emergency food to people who have nowhere else to turn. And by putting people in touch with other agencies that can offer support.

Each month we collect non-perishable food donated by parishioners. We often recommend a few items that are particularly needed. For the next collection date and requested items please see the newsletter or the schedule on the notice board at the back of ‘English Martyrs church.

Cambridge City Foodbank is a registered charity (no. 1149883) and a member of the foodbank network grown by the Trussel Trust – a Christian charity.

Justice & Peace

Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works.

  • Are you concerned about social injustice ?
  • Do you feel strongly about issues of homelessness and poverty ?
  • Do you think that, as Christians, we should be trying to find practical ways of playing a part in tackling these problems ?
  • Do you think that we in the Church should be confronting the issues of Third World debt and the crippling poverty it has created in many countries ?
  • Does it matter to you that many, many people in the world are denied even the most basic of human rights ?
  • Would you like to be involved in raising your own awareness and that of the parish in these issues ?

If so, then why not come and join us in the Justice and Peace Group ?

Our commitment to Justice and Peace leads us to:

  • Increase awareness of suffering in our community and in our world.
  • Work to develop understanding of the causes of that suffering.
  • Help build a more just and peaceful world.

The foundation of all we do is our Christian faith. We look to the Bible, the social teaching of the Catholic Church, and the example of just men and women for inspiration and guidance. As witnesses to justice and peace we seek to work with other Christians and groups locally and nationally. As a voice within the Church we strive to bring the demands of peace and justice to bear on all our activities and those of our parishes.

We are a friendly group who meet once every month to reflect on the spiritual basis of our commitment and on the issues of the day. We discuss plans for the activities arising from these reflections – these may be liturgical events, speaker meetings, fund-raising, campaigning, publicity events, etc.  These meetings are for all the Catholic churches in Cambridge.

To find out more about the group please contact either Clare Enright or Ron Haynes via the Rectory Office, or simply come along to the next meeting in the Parish Centre Meeting Room at English Martyrs.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30 pm. New members are always welcome.

Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP)

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international, fraternal organisation of Catholic lay people who practice their Christianity by helping those in need on a person to person basis. The members meet weekly, firstly to support their efforts by prayer, and secondly to assess the needs of the poor in their particular area and how on a practical basis to meet that need. The society encourages self-help projects.

If anyone is interested in joining or learning more about the society please contact the Rectory Office, or visit SVP Website: www.svp.org.uk