Covenant with the poor

Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter “On the Coming of the Third Millennium” (“Tertio Millennio Adveniente”), in 1994 invited all to help the poor start the new millennium with a better future. In response to this, on Holy Thursday in April 1999, Saint Edmund’s Parish committed itself afresh to the cause of the poor by making a New Covenant. This ‘New Covenant with the poor’ is displayed within the church; within it the parish promises:


  • To consciously raise awareness of the needs of the poor at every opportunity.
  • To hold at least one social fund-raising event each year where the entire proceeds will be for the poor.
  • To allow the parish hall to continue to be available to charitable bodies.
  • To consider consciously the needs of the poor in the disposal of income from parish fund-raising events.
  • To remember in our Bidding Prayers the poor and the sick, both in our parish and the wider world.
  • To celebrate a specific Mass each month dedicated to the poor of the world.
  • To celebrate a special liturgical celebration each year that will include a penitential acknowledgement of our failure towards the poor of the world, and to celebrate the richness and gifts which the poor can give to us.
  • To use fairly traded goods every time refreshments are served in the parish.
  • To establish a rota of drivers available to parishioners needing transport to Mass and social events.
  • To support Saint Edmund’s School in recognition of its contribution to the growth in faith of the community and in ensuring future generations honour our commitment.
  • To commit Saint Edmund’s School to make a New Covenant with the poor.
  • To use the CAFOD Family Fast Days as a catalyst for prayer and discussion on the needs of the poor during the Children’s Liturgy.
  • To undertake a project on the needs of the poor with candidates preparing to celebrate the sacraments for the first time.
  • To provide support to at least one project each year for the poor at home.

Clicking on the tabs shown above will display information about the various charities that the parish supports.

The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the ‘Fairtrade’ Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.
The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement, and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.
The Fairtrade Foundation’s vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential. To achieve this vision, Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged. Fairtrade contributes to sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities. The Fairtrade movement campaigns for an international trade system based on justice and fairness.
Saint Edmund’s Parish is accredited as a ‘Fairtrade Church’, which means that the parish has agreeded to:
• Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which the parish has responsibility.
• Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit.
• Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible.
Together with the Clifton Diocese Justice and Peace Commission, ‘CAFOD Clifton’ is asking all parishes in the diocese to become Fairtrade parishes. This is part of an initiative to get Clifton Diocese certified as a Fairtrade Diocese. Saint Edmund’s Parish is in the Trowbridge Deanery which is recognised as a Fairtrade Deanery.
Saint Edmund’s Parish belongs to the Calne Fairtrade Group, which is supported by the Calne Area Community Partnership.


1 Oxford Road, Calne. Wiltshire. SN11 1AA


Calne Food Bank was founded approximately 15 years ago by the Calne Partnership of Churches. Over the years many families and individuals have benefitted from the food received in times of hardship.

If you wish to donate food to the Foodbank please take donations of non-perishable food to 1 Oxford Road, Calne on a Monday or Friday between 12noon and 4pm and Wednesday between 10am and 1pm.

You can also donate at our drop off points at Calne Sainsburys, Tescos or One-Stop.

Donations can also be left in the box in the porch at Saint Edmund’s Church.

The Association for the Propagation of the Faith, (APF), assists each and every one of the Catholic Church’s 1,069 mission dioceses to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel effectively.
It was founded in Lyons, France, in 1822 by a young French woman, Pauline-Marie Jaricot. She began by persuading local working people to support overseas mission by giving a farthing a week. A century later, when the organisation was established in almost every country in the world, Pope Pius XI made it the official mission-funding society for the Catholic Church.
The APF in England and Wales works collaboratively with the Mill Hill Missionary Society; the only major missionary society to have been formed in England. Mill Hill missionaries are sent to the most remote places in the world to show the love of Christ to those who are in need, both spiritually and materially.
As part of this partnership, APF-Mill Hill publish ‘Mission Today’, a quarterly magazine that keeps supporters up to date with mission news.
In England and Wales, funds for overseas mission are collected through the famous Red Boxes. These can be found in 200,000 homes and they have helped raise millions of pounds for the missionary Church.
The parish co-ordinator for the Red Mission Boxes to raise funds for the APF / Missio is Brigid Rodgers.

CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International.
Across the world CAFOD strives to bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. CAFOD works with people of all faiths and none.
Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.
The mission of CAFOD is to work alongside the world’s poorest people. CAFOD works without prejudice, does not preach, and we prides itself on diversity. CAFOD believes that Catholic values are best shown through working for justice and an end to poverty.
CAFOD’s ‘Vision, Mission and Values’ draw directly from Catholic Social Teaching, Scripture and the tradition of the Church.
As well as asking supporters to donate and campaign, CAFOD places equal importance on prayer. Prayer informs and underpins its work.
CAFOD funds work to ensure women and men in developing countries can make a decent living, access markets, and meet their families’ needs long term. In particular by:
• increasing access to clean water, education and healthcare.
• ensuring the private sector adopts fair working practices and conditions.
• helping partners to set up effective programmes and services in their communities.
• lobbying the UK government and EU to implement policies which help developing countries.
CAFOD funds work with vulnerable communities before, during and after emergencies happen to:
• ensure they have the resources to survive, minimise and recover from emergencies and environmental threats.
• work for peace and security, reducing the risk of violence, forced displacement or armed conflict.
• lobby the UK and EU governments to prevent, respond and resolve conflicts and emergencies.
CAFOD challenges those with power to adopt policies that promote justice and end poverty by:
• lobbying, petitioning, marching, and being vocal at key events.
• working individually and through networks to create a powerful voice for change and justice.
CAFOD works with the Catholic Church of England and Wales to raise awareness and inspire commitment to end injustice and poverty in developing countries. It:
• encouraging Catholics to give, take action and pray, both individually and communally.
• linking Catholics in England and Wales with communities in developing countries, based on dignity and equality.
• empowering and educating young Catholics to respond to the call for global justice.
The parish CAFOD co-ordinator is David Clements.

Details of the Parish Project can be found here.

Parish contacts


Saint Edmund's Catholic Church
65 Oxford Road
SN11 8AQ

01249 813131


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