How might your parish benefit from the free downloads offer that CaFE is making during the crisis? Well here are some good news stories from CaFE@HOME customers.
"Since the beginning of lockdown we have been running very successful CaFE@HOME sessions and will probably continue after lockdown is ended even though none of us are particularly computer literate. We catch up on Zoom for 20mins, break off to watch the DVDs, Zoom straight afterwards to discuss for 25mins and then end with intercessory prayer". Claire, CaFE@HOME Group in Bournemouth.
"CaFE have helped our parishes for years and are proving ideal for these testing times". Natalie Orefice, Administrator for Parish Evangelisation, Archdiocese of Birmingham.
"The CaFE courses have alleviated the feeling of isolation. Hosting the course on Zoom has not lost anything of the Spirit of the course, in fact, it has enabled many more course participants than using the hall". Theresa, Portsmouth Diocese
"CaFE have very kindly provided our Home Groups with a number of filmed courses via Zoom which have helped them enormously during this time. Deacon Gygory and I would like to thank CaFE for all the help that was freely given". Fr Peter Burke, St Alban's, Macclesfield
Deacon Steve of St Aldhelm’s Parish in Malmsbury (Clifton Diocese) is using the CaFE@HOME download of Let It Be combined with Zoom App coffee meetings to share as if they were together. He has noted the speed with which parishioners have adopted conferencing technology. Three weeks in he has found the course on Mary’s life past and present is having a profound effect on the parish group.
As far as Penzance, our Parish Priests are looking for IT support and Fr. Philip has his in his website manager Tony Allbright who is considering the options including a time-restricted, private, unlisted YouTube channel as a means of sharing CaFE@HOME content with an element of control.
Those who live in Bolton will be well aware of Fr. Andrew Pastore’s streamed services from St Vincent’s. He will be using Zoom to continue The Big Picture Bible course that was disrupted, and he is offering Let It Be
using the same App in May, the month of Mary.
Graeme Scott of Faith Development Ministries is the CaFE contact for New Zealand. He has been using Dropbox to share the free downloads for a time-limited period to those who register. He uses Zoom for the sharing meeting that follows. His members will gain the timely messages of The Joy of Hope and other courses he has downloaded.
Down in Bristol, Fr. Tom Dubois is reporting a growing hunger from his parishioners to keep meeting online and has been using Facebook to register interest in the Joy of Hope.