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Steve Carrivick,  Dunscar Fold, Hawkesdene Lane, Shaftesbury Dorset SP7 8NU

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CAFOD Update:

This Harvest talk is about the climate crisis and the impact on many communities around the world.

Further information available online at:

What action are we going to take?
As Catholics, we are called not to stay silent and not to be passive. Reclaim Our Common Home is a call to action!

 It’s a call to participate both individually and collectively in rebuilding a more dignified and sustainable world after the pandemic.

To do this we need to:

  • RECLAIM nature so that everyone can breathe clean air and be protected from the threat of climate disasters.

  • RECLAIM the world’s land and resources so they are more fairly distributed and all our brothers and sisters around the world can live in dignity.

  • RECLAIM power so that everyone can be involved in decision making and have control over their own lives.

  • Add your voice to our petition calling for the Prime Minister to show leadership in tackling the climate crisis. Go to:

  • COP26 in Glasgow-  01- 12 November 

Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth).


Many families are still facing crippling economic hardship, even this far after the start of the pandemic. Throughout this long period, the Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth) has continued to respond to an ever increasing demand from families in our Diocese who find themselves lacking essential items to meet their basic needs. Meeting these needs has resulted in a significant depletion of the Society’s limited resources, needed in order to continue to support such families who have fallen on hard times. So I again appeal to your generosity to support the good work of the Catholic Children’s Society (Plymouth) by offering what you can. In doing so, through the agency of the Society, you will make a real difference to those families who are struggling at the most basic level. May God bless you for responding as generously as you can to this Annual Appeal.  Bishop Mark.  Donate at Catholic Children's Society Plymouth   


Walking With the Poor - A free event at St Rita's Saturday 9 October 2021.  We are really excited to be hosting our first face to face Caritas event this year at St Rita’s, Honiton. Speakers include Bishop Mark O’Toole and Raymond Friel from the Caritas Social Action Network.We very much hope that you can come and join us from 10.30am to 3.00pm.

 We are limiting places in order to increase social distancing and Covid safety measures, so please book soon if you are interested in attending by clicking this link:  World Day of the Poor Event Registration. 

Very best wishes, Deborah Fisher, Caritas Manager 07761 595567


CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. 

We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. Read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website:

On Saturday 14 August, a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. More than 1900 people have been killed and at least one million more people are affected. Tropical storm Grace has now hit Haiti, exacerbating the already serious emergency. CAFOD is working through the local Church organisations, Caritas Haiti, the Jesuit Migrants and Refugees Service, the religious congregations and sister agency Catholic Relief Services to provide urgent humanitarian aid - food, water, tents, hygiene kits and first aid for families affected.

Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. 

Please support CAFOD in it's relief work.

Loving Lord, for those who have died, give them eternal rest. For those who are bereaved, comfort and console them. For those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.

Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers and sisters in whatever way we can.

Heavenly Father, be with us now and always. Amen.

The Passage - homeless charity is founded on the teachings of St Vincent de Paul. The Passage’s work,often finding that our caring, hands-on approach to supporting those in greatest need rings true with their beliefs.

The pandemic fundamentally changed how The Passage helps those who are homeless. They continued to run frontline services and adapted quickly to move hundreds of people into temporary hotel accommodation. This gave the charity a unique opportunity to address their clients’ needs and help them find safe routes off the streets.

 However, there is now a new group of people at immediate risk of becoming street homeless due to the economic crisis. The Passage is committed to preventing people from sleeping out; even one night can have a devastating effect and make recovery and resettlement much more difficult. In response they have developed No Night Out, a new service providing safe, temporary accommodation, combined with specialist support matched to people’s specific needs. It offers clients long-term solutions to help prevent homelessness. 

From 12.00 noon on Tuesday 16 March, The Passage is running a campaign with the Big Give; this is an online matched giving scheme to raise the funds for No Night Out. 

Anything that you donate to The Passage via The Big Give website before noon on Wednesday 24 March will be doubled at no extra cost to yourself. 

For further information about The Passage and to donate using the BIG GIVE to double your donation follow the link from 16 March at 12 noon.


The covid epidemic is going to increase the homeless and the hungry manyfold.  Unemployment is predicted to rise by an unprecedented amount forcing families into unheard of amounts of debt.  

Lets do what we can for the people around us, perhaps starting with donating to the local food bank.

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St Vincent de Paul
St Vincent de Paul
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Let The Children Live!
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Dorcas Sewing Group
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The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. 
The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form. 

The local work of the SVP includes visiting the housebound, those in the prison, fund food and other assistance to the homeless, and organising the food collections of the Gillingham Food Bank.

Email our local chair, Patrick Roche, or  tel: 01258-820205 for more information.


A Contemplative Community

The Comunità dei Figli di Dio (CFD, Community of the Sons and Daughters of God) is a religious order, monastic in character, and includes monks, religious and lay people, but its members live in the wider community.  The comunità is committed to a contemplative life, with particular devotion to the reverent celebration of the Mass, fidelity to the teachings of the Church, prayer (including the Divine Office), and study of the Bible and the Early Fathers of the Church.  Unlike other monastic communities, its members are mainly lay people but includes priests as well.  The comunità  commit themselves to attending weekly prayer meetings, monthly one-day retreats, and an annual week of spiritual exercises.

The process of Beatification for Don Barsotti, founder of CFD  is underway.

Peter Wardley is the local group leader. His email is:


"Missio exists because 40% of the worldwide Catholic Church is too poor to support itself. Missio plays a crucial role supporting the local Church overseas and sharing the light of Christ by training priests, building churches and combating injustice, disease, poverty and exploitation in 157 countries."

MISSIO is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. We share the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor. Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and trains future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place. 

Heather Johnson is the Sturminster area contact  (01258 820205)   Maggie Foster is the Marnhull area contact (01258 821239)


Let The Children Live! is a charity that works in Colombia with children from the streets and shanty-towns of the city of Medellín. These children were once called ‘the disposable ones’ and they are at high social risk from the violence that they experience in the streets. 
Most of the danger in the shanty-towns comes from the many gangs that control them.  Let The Children Live! is at present working with 500 very vulnerable boys and girls in this city. For most of them it is their last hope. Their ages range from six-year-olds to teenagers and they are often unloved and unwanted; even  beaten, robbed, raped and sometimes murdered. By the rest of the world they are either unknown or forgotten.
LTCL! aims to safeguard the lives of these children from the poverty and violence of the streets, and to make their lives worth living by giving them love, education and a future.
To date, as a parish we have contributed over £118,000 to Let The Children Live!  Our parish contact is Anna Richards  (contact details to follow).


AOS provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Our port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The Apostleship of the Sea in Great Britain is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris. working in more than 250 ports around the world. Pope Francis is it’s patron.

90% of world trade is transported by ship. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones and often working in harsh conditions.

Both ashore and afloat the emphasis is on the welfare of the crew who work long and demanding hours, and go for months at a time without the sacraments.

Rob Vitali is AOS Parish Contact and can be reached on 01258 821303


Dorcas is an example of a woman who lived what she believed. She didn’t just talk about helping those in need; she made it a part of her life, and because of that she was deeply loved by those around her. She used her God-given talent of sewing to do God’s will.  Read about her in Acts  9 : 36 - 42


Heather Johnson is the Dorcas contatct and invites anyone who is 'crafty,' to join or if you are just on your own and would like to come along for a cup of tea and a natter please pop in. 01258 472392 for further details.