A Better World
Reaching Out To Those In Our Community
St Vincent de Paul Society
Our aim is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need.
The concept of need is broader than financial hardship, so visiting people who are sick, lonely, in prison, or suffering from addiction is also a significant proportion of our work. The essence of our work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is our greatest gift.
Our 10,000 volunteer members, motivated by their faith, are committed to meaningful and long term befriending. Inspired by the message of the Gospels they seek and find those in need and offer them sincere friendship. They visit them in their homes, in hospital and in care homes on a regular basis and offer additional practical support such as food, furniture or financial help where needed. They also organise trips and events for older and isolated people. If you would like to find out more, please CLICK HERE for the person to contact in the parish.
The Catenians are an association of Catholic laymen who are committed to their Faith, their families, to those in need and to each other. Our primary purpose is to establish a network of friends, which enhances their family life, strengthens their Faith and sustains them in difficult times. We support each other, the Catholic Church, young people and those in needs. If you would like to find out more, please CLICK HERE for the person to contact in the parish.
"I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one" (John 17:21)
Our parish is a committed member of Churches Together in Godalming and District. We support and work with many local churches. Examples of this work include full participation in the Trinity Trust Team, a Christian based youth group serving young people in this area. We are proud to share services with our fellow Christians at various times throughout the year. There are various social events, such as Men's Breakfasts. We also support the Christmas day lunch for all those people who are alone or struggling on this important feast in the Christian calendar. If you would like to find out more, please CLICK HERE for the person to contact in the parish.
To visit the Churches Together website please CLICK HERE.
Reaching Out To Those In Need In The Wider World
CAFOD And livesimply
"We are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fulness' (Pope Francis LS 53).
CAFOD is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It reaches out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. Through its global Church network, one of the largest in the world, it has the potential to reach everyone. And it campaigns for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life.
CAFOD also encourages parishes to become involved in caring for our planet through the livesimply award. This award is an opportunity for Catholic communities - parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies - to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si' to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”. Our parish is committed to the encouraging all those in our community to follow the principles of the livesimply award to ensure that we leave a cleaner and greener planet for our children and their children.
If you are interested in helping the needy of the world, or focusing what we can do to preserve the beauty of the planet God created, please do get in touch with our Justice and Peace team. CLICK HERE for contact details.
Parish Virtual Pilgrimage to raise funds for CAFOD's Coronavirus Appeal
Starting on 15th June and ending on 19th July, a group of parishioners are walking virtually to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, the home of our patronal saint St Edmund, with the aim of raising £1000 for CAFOD. For more information visit our 'Latest News' page or check the newsletter on the home page.