[Saint Laurence]

St. Laurence’s Roman Catholic Church

Diocese of East Anglia

Parish Priest:
Fr. Simon Blakesley

Assistant Priest:
Fr. Bob Eccles OP

91 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XB
Tel/Fax: 01223 704640
Email: office@saintlaurence.org.uk
Office opening times: 10am−1.30pm Monday to Friday

Rev. Geoffrey Cook
(Tel: 01223 351650)

CAFOD − The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

CAFOD is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

CAFOD’s mission is to work alongside the world’s poorest people. We work without prejudice, we don’t preach, and we pride ourselves on our diversity. We believe our Catholic values are best shown through our love for others, and by working for justice and an end to poverty.

CAFOD’s Vision, Mission and Values is drawn directly from Catholic Social Teaching (CST), Scripture, Liturgy, the Gospel and the tradition of the Church. Catholic Social Teaching is at the heart of what we do and who we are.

As well as asking our supporters to donate and campaign, we place equal importance on prayer. Prayer informs and underpins our work. Prayers and reflections for our supporters can be found on CAFOD’s web site.

CAFOD at St Laurence’s

There are two national main fund raising events each year, the Lent and Harvest Fast Day Appeals. Families are asked to give the amount they would spend on a meal to CAFOD. However there are various other events throughout the year, such as the Creation Celebration last year and World Day Prayer for Global Peace.

CAFOD also runs regular campaigns that seek to change policies that keep people in poverty. We try to support these.

Helpers are always wanted to read appeals, collect envelopes and organise events. More information can be found on the church notice board as well as collection boxes, to use at home.

To keep in touch with our local fundraising and campaigning activities, please join our supporters’ email list! See HERE for details.

For more information and offers of help please contact the parish representative, Serga Collett.
Phone: 07474 724042
E-mail: cafod@saintlaurence.org.uk

Share in our journey to Ethiopia!

A VERY BIG THANK YOU − WE MADE IT! We entered Jerusalem on Easter Monday!

Not in our wildest dreams did we think it possible that we would make it to Ethiopia on our virtual walk and even take a detour on our way back to be in Jerusalem for Easter.

Even less did we imagine that this parish would be able to raise such an awesome sum of money to provide clean water to those that desperately need it in Ethiopia .... our final total is £10,087, that’s twice the amount that we had hoped for. Fantastic!

For photos of our parishioners walking please click HERE, HERE and HERE, and there are also photos of Jerusalem and the places our virtual walk has taken us through HERE.

If you have any outstanding sponsorship or still wish to make donations, please go to our Walk for Water JustGiving Page (see below), which will be available until the end of the month.

A big thank you to all of those made this Challenge possible, especially the excellent IT support and thank you all for your amazing participation in this challenge! What an awesome parish – well done!

Gail Osman’s walking “Stations of the Cross” around Cambridge, starting and ending at St Laurence’s, is still available HERE, and a podcast of the Stations prayers can be downloaded HERE.

Click here for Abdella’s story. The bible tells us “come to the water all you who you are thirsty” (Isaiah 55:1); but did you know that worldwide 1 in 3 people do not have access to safe drinking water and many have to walk for many hours simply to have just a couple of jerry cans full of water for the day. And then it is often not clean enough for human consumption, and animals have drunk from the same source of water!

Click here to learn more about Ethiopia, Afar and what it takes to provide a well when the water is deep down, and lift the water using a solar powered pump. Click HERE to see a diagram explaining how a solar powered pump works.

Ways to give:

By far the easiest both for you and CAFOD is to donate by going to our page on the Justgiving website. Click HERE, or search for “JustGiving Walk for Water St Laurence’s”. Follow the instructions to make your donation.

Alternatively you can make a bank transfer to:
Account name:St Laurences Church
Sort Code:09-01-53
Account Number:14255486
Payment Reference:CAFOD
(NB: No punctuation in the name of the church, otherwise the bank won’t recognise it!)

Cheques are also accepted, made out to CAFOD. These should be dropped off at the church in an envelope marked CAFOD – please post through the letterbox.

Hands on Columbia

St Laurence’s parish is now linked with CAFOD’s Hands on Columbia (Magdalena Medio region) project: For over 50 years, Colombia has suffered so much. More than 280,000 people have been killed in the conflict; many of these children. People living in the Magdalena Medio region are tired of being caught between government forces, guerrilas and paramilitaries.

The Hands on project will begin by running peace building workshops in 34 schools, teaching young people how to avoid a life of violence. They will be taught how to share all they have learnt with their families and neighbours.


St Laurence’s is a livesimply parish, in response to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si' to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”. It is awarded to communities who can show how they have been living:


One way CAFOD stands in solidarity with poor communities around the world is by campaigning in the UK to change the policies and practices that keep people poor. It would be wonderful if you would like to join us and find new ways to put your faith into action.

Become a CAFOD MP Correspondent, a way of lobbying your MP on issues that YOU have the power to change. It’s easy, just go to CAFOD’s Get to know your MP campaign and sign up.