[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

Deacon:
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

Reclaim Our Common Home

CAFOD’s latest campaign is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, and a call to take an active part in renewing our troubled societies by embracing the universal values of solidarity and fraternity.

In 2020, we experienced the worst global health crisis in a century. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated lives and shattered families in Britain and across the world, with disastrous consequences for people’s jobs and livelihoods. The pandemic exposed many of the inadequacies of how our world currently works. It has proved that we need greater cooperation between nations, solidarity between people and a greater focus on the poorest in society.

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:

You can find out more about the campaign HERE.

To play our part, St Laurence’s parish is renewing its commitment to livesimply. We need to walk lightly on the Earth and use less of its precious resources. This is something we all need to do to avert the devastating effects of climate change, and for those with young families, encourage your children to do the same. Young people understand this need more intuitively than we do, and are most likely to be our best reminders. After all, it’s their future we need to protect.

Download this list of ideas or take a look at this list on the CAFOD web site, and choose one or two that appeal. Your pledge is to make a difference, however small. It’s the shift in our awareness and by taking action that collectively makes a significant difference.

Shortly, we are hoping to devise a way to register your pledge, so we can see how the parish is contributing collectively, just as we did so well for the Walk for Water campaign.

Walk for Water

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 see below for ways to pay. The JustGiving page for the walk to Ethiopia is no longer available.

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.

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.

Livesimply

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:

Other campaigns

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.

Ways to give money

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.