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

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North Dorset Parishes.....CAFOD Walk for Water Challenge

CAFOD has written a letter of thanks to all the parishioners (and others) who sponsored Zoe and Jacinta who recently completed the ‘Walk for Water’ and raised £1753.00!! CaFOD explain that “Solar powered pumps giving clean water are life-changing.” The CaFOD water project is currently focusing on the crisis in Ethiopia, helping provide clean water to 30,000 people.

CAFOD Update:

During Lent CAFOD asked us to support vulnerable communities who do not have access to clean water.

We told the story of Abdella In Ethiopia  who spends 10 hours each day collecting water to provide for his family.

Our Parish and School together with parishes throughout the Diocese and country have come together in support.

Your support will help vulnerable communities around the world have access to clean water and provide other vital needs. 

Marnhull and Gillingham Parish and St Mary's Catholic Primary school in Marnhull have been marvellous in their response.

You supported the Fast Day and our Walk for Water campaign walking each day in Lent and raising money to help communities whose daily life is so difficult.

Thanks to your support CAFOD have received the following:

CAFOD Lent Fast Day £1753.00

Walk for Water (inc via Just Giving) £733.00

St Mary's Catholic Primary School-Walk for Water campaign  £750.00 

I would especially like to thank the children and staff of St Mary's School who walked around the playground to raise money in the Walk for Water campaign.

Our parish and community have come together and raised a total of £3236.00

This is a tremendous response from our wonderful community. Thank you so much for your support and prayers for CAFOD's projects to help fight poverty. 

Together we can make a difference.

Additional information on CAFOD fundraising and campaigning can be found on the CAFOD website:

See the Diocesan letter about Walk for Water Here

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.


Caritas  Plymouth, the helping hand of the Church held an on-line event in October. Click here to see how the event went and to listen to the speakers who asked us to reflect on the Pope's Message for World Day of the Poor and what the new Encyclical 'Fratelli Tutti' has to teach us about social action in a post-Covid world.  

The event gave us the opportunity to:

  • Hear from Bishop Mark about some of the key message in 'Fratelli Tutti - Brothers and Sisters All'

  • Learn more about how the Church is focussed on helping the poor and marginalised

  • Learn how Caritas is actively becoming the helping hand of the Church in our diocese

  • Hear from organisations already committed to action in their areas of expertise

  • Learn more about homelessness, isolation and ageing, refugees and migrants and poverty in our communities and what we are doing

  • Join in and share your experience and ideas for the future

  • Connect with other Parishes and share experiences of action and success

  • Reflect and pray together on what is possible to enable and empower us to successfully grow the Ministry of Charity of the Church. 

Maureen and Steve Carrivick would like to gather together a list of charitable activities supported by members of the parish. 

Please would you email us with details at: which would help understand work already going on and enable future cooperation with Caritas.  

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

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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.

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash


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.

St Vincent de Paul
St Vincent de Paul
Let The Children Live!
Let The Children Live!
Apostleship of the Sea
Apostleship of the Sea
Dorcas Sewing Group
Dorcas Sewing Group

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.