What motivated Romero? “Friendship”, said a little boy on the back row. Last Friday 16 March, CAFOD helped launched a week of Romero anniversary events across the UK, starting at Birmingham cathedral.
About 150 people attended a beautiful Mass, followed by a talk, video and discussion about Archbishop Romero’s contribution to the Church’s mission of peace and justice.
“Please tell the people of El Salvador never to give up their struggle for justice”, said a man in a wheelchair. A lady added, “Do you know if people there pray for us? We need their prayers too”.
These messages will be shared at Romero events in El Salvador during the coming week, expressing our solidarity with those who continue Romero’s work for justice there.
The Birmingham Archdiocese held its third annual Romero Mass, celebrating the life and inspiration of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was murdered 24th March 1980. The Mass is also a celebration of justice and peace work throughout the parishes of the Birmingham Archdiocese, where priests and parishioners works hard to create a just world for everyone. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, who said in his homily ” you and I are called to love our neighbour in any way we can, whether that’s in our J&P group, through CAFOD, or in any other way… We’re called to be men and women of the world who show our love through our care to one another.”
The readings were read by Ashwin Thomas & Markus Beeker of St John Fisher Catholic College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the bidding prayers were read by Josh Gannon of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Birmingham. The gifts were offered by Hannah Youles, Bridget Phiri and Sheila Mwale of Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Sports College, Wolverhampton and Gus Dix of St Thomas Aquinas. All the music for the Mass was provided by the talented musicians and singers of Hagley Catholic High School, Hagley.
Mass was followed by a talk by Sarah Smith-Pearse of CAFOD’s LAtin America team who spoke about CAFOD’s current work in El Salvador and the legacy of Archbishop Romero in El Salvador.
Friday 16th March 2012, 7pm, St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham hosts the third annual Birmingham Diocesan Mass in celebration of Oscar Romero, celebrated by The Right Reverend William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham. There will be the opportunity to view a display celebrating 50 years of CAFOD at the back of the Cathedral. Mass will be followed by a short talk by Sarah Smith-Pearse, from CAFOD’s Latin America team and refreshments in the Grimshaw Room.
For any further details contact the Birmingham CAFOD office: 01922 722944 or email@example.com