Church and Community



Aid for CHAD

Contacts: Chris Shepherd 01536 711560;  Rose Stokes 01536 460909

Aid for Chad is a tiny registered charity (no 328051) which was started when the late Sister Dominique was sent home from Chad suffering from cerebral malaria and malnutrition, weighing less than 5 stones. She begged a friend to carry on her work for the Chadian people by fund–raising for them. The friend got together with six other women in Oakham and Aid for Chad began supporting two missions in Benoye and Mberi. Self-help projects were arranged, a well was dug, a granary store built and millet and rice were provided during the famine. More recently, a “hospital” has been erected, medicines have been sent out and a small hut to be used as a schoolroom was built. Aid for Chad has been supported by a small group of people in the parish for over twenty years. Help was sent to Chad at the height of the famine in the early 1980’s when none of the major support agencies were providing help in that area.

The group has also helped support the poverty stricken people in Peru, establishing soup kitchens which fed 300 people daily. The Sisters there have taught the women basic handicraft skills and their work is now sent to England for Aid to Chad to sell, thus enabling the Peruvians to grow in dignity and self-esteem.

Regular feedback is received from all the missions and the Sisters always ask the group to approve their projects before they use any money. Every penny raised is sent out to help the poor and needy. Nothing is taken out for administration or any other costs.


CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) in the Parish

Parish Contact: Goar, email: or phone 07792 553356. CAFOD area office: Deborah Purfield, Northampton 01604 785254.
Group Page: CAFOD in the Parish

As well as the official Fast Day collections, there is much work for CAFOD going on behind the scenes in our Parish and we would welcome anyone interested in helping in any way in the following areas.

Live Simply Challenge This aims to help communities and individuals to celebrate, reflect and take action, deepening the personal and Church-wide commitment to Catholic social teaching as a fundamental part of Christian life and mission. Based on Pope Paul VIth encyclical ‘Populorium Progressio’ – his call to the wealthy nations of the world to act in solidarity, justice and charity – it encourages us to respond to Christ’s teaching that we should live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor.

Becoming a Fair Trade Parish CAFOD encourages all parishioners to purchase genuine Fair Trade products. In this way the increased profits to be made on the sale of produce from poorer countries should actually get back to the growers, rather than increasing the profits of shareholders of already rich multi-national companies who often exploit local workers.

As a Parish Project Begun in 2007, the Parish worked over a 2-3 year period towards equipping a complete virtual village in Africa, providing large and small items to aid the development. Ultimately CAFOD directs things to where they are needed, however from a visual point of view the collective image of a village development helped us to see the true value. Parishioners can still buy individual items from school pens to pigs or even to toilet blocks, by ordering from a catalogue. Orders can be used as Christmas/Birthday/anytime presents or contributions may be made towards larger facilities like a classroom.

A School Coordinator goes into schools to raise awareness of all these initiatives.

The Friday Fast Group Members support the work of CAFOD through their self denial. New members are always welcome.


Christian Unity Group

Contact: David Tinkler 01536 485490


Churches Together in Kettering and District

Secretary of Churches Together in Kettering, Andy Sipple 01546 412511 email:
Parish Representative at the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission, David Tinkler 01536 485490


St Edwards Parish takes part in Churches Together in Kettering. Parishioners are encouraged to attend ecumenical services and meetings, see the Newsletter for details.


Deaf Care and Hard of Hearing (Local and Diocesan)

Contact: Denise Johnson via email: (please state the name of the person you wish to contact at the beginning of the message)


Diocesan Ecumenical Commission

Contact:David Tinkler 01536 485490. Andy Sipple 01546 412511 email:



Contact: Vivien Caldwell via Presbytery office Tel. 01536 512497 or via email: (please state the name of the person you wish to contact at the beginning of the message)
St. Edward’s Parish is a Fairtrade parish. Many Fairtrade goods are now available from major retailers. A list of which shops stock which products is available on the Fairtrade website or from a catalogue available from Vivien Caldwell.


Hospital Chaplaincy

Contacts: Fr. Gregory 01536 512497, email: Assistants: Eileen Stronge, Sally Mangan

The hospital Chaplain is Fr Gregory Marchwinski. He is supported by Eileen Stronge and a number of Eucharistic Ministers. The Chaplaincy team look after the Spiritual needs of patients and staff. Fr. Gregory administers the ‘Sacrament of the Sick’ (anointing) and the Sacrament of Penance. Kettering General Hospital takes patients from Corby, Wellingborough and surrounding towns and villages. It is therefore important that patients or their families should contact Fr. Gregory at St. Edward’s if they would like a visit. Eileen Stronge visits Catholic patients and offers to pray with them. The Chaplaincy team are happy to visit patients of other denominations who request the opportunity to pray with someone.

Each Sunday, Eucharistic Ministers visit hospital taking Holy Communion to those who have requested it. On the first Sunday of each month, Eucharistic Ministers take a ‘Liturgy of the Word’ service in the Chapel at Kettering General Hospital. St Mary’s Hospital, Cransley Hospice and the Welland Unit also come under the care of St. Edward’s Parish. Patients who attend the private hospital at the Woodland need to specifically request a visit.


Kettering & District Sick Pilgrims Fund (Jumbulance)

Kettering area: Andy Sipple 01546 412511 email:
Parish Group Page: Kettering & Corby Districts Sick Pilgrims Trust Group Page
Website: KCDSPT – Kettering & Corby Districts Sick Pilgrims’ Trust

The Trust was formed in 1992 as a local charity to bring handicapped and unable people on Pilgrimage. The group have travelled each year to Lourdes in France and took one truly fabulous trip to the Holy Land to see in Christmas and the New Millennium.

Anyone interested in joining us on a trip, making a donation, or helping us to raise funds please contact Andy Sipple.


St. Patrick’s Centre for Integral Development (SPACID), Uganda

Contact: Fr. Joe Kizito, c/o PO Box 34 Hoima, Uganda, E.A. Tel: +256 414349377 or +256 772443805. Fax: +256 046540336.
Parish Contact: Peter Anderson email:
Parish Group Page:SPACID Group Page

St. Patrick’s Centre for Integral Development (SPACID), is a church based non-government organization founded with the major aim of improving the well-being of the refugee community at Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda, East Africa. Following the motto “THAT WE MAY LIVE TOGETHER”, St.Patrick’s institution is a Pastoral Centre, a place not only for spiritual growth but also for the psychosocial development of the refugees. It is a home for all categories of people regardless of their faith, tribe or race, or any other cultural background.

St. Edward’s Parish has worked with Fr. Joe for several years, helping him to raise funds. There are various fundraising events that take place during the year, if you would like to donate please contact Peter Anderson who has details of Fr. Joe’s UK based bank account.


Street Pastors

Contact: Fiona Inman e-mail: Fiona Inman
Kettering Street Pastors is an ecumenical initiative where teams from Kettering churches walk around the town centre on a Saturday night between 11pm-3am in order to care, listen and help the people they meet.