Top Tips to speak at Mass for this Family Fast Day

John Sibley is a volunteer at CAFOD and an experienced public speaker. Here, he shares his best tips and tells you everything you need to know about speaking at Mass for Family Fast Day. The message? Speaking at Mass can seem daunting, but all it takes is good preparation!

Why it’s important to speak at Mass

Speak at mass about Mahimur and tell her story.

Speak at mass about Mahimur and tell her story.

Family Fast Day is on 15 March. On that day and throughout March, people like you will be standing up in Mass to speak out for our global neighbours.

Speaking at Mass and giving a Family Fast Day talk is so important because it brings the struggles of our global partners into the pews in our parishes. This family fast day we are focusing on Bangladesh.

It is not always easy to speak publicly. Many of us aren’t natural speakers. Many of us aren’t confident standing up in front of others. With a little bit of practice it will be easy.

Find materials on Family Fast Day here

Speak up at Mass for Mahinur this Family Fast day 

  1. Download a copy of the Family Fast Day short talk.
  2. Read our document called “Making the shot talk your own” under the section Fast Day Parish Tool 
  3. Practise reading the talk. Read it to a family member or a friend, or even out loud to yourself. Watch Sam for some pointers!
  4. Arrive at the church early so that you can introduce yourself to the parish Priest, and sit near the front.
  5. Take a small bottle of water with you in case you get thirsty.
  6. Remember that it is normal to feel a bit nervous when speaking in public, but you are doing a great thing by speaking on behalf of CAFOD and our partners.

Prepare speaking at mass by attending our event

Speaking at Mass training poster on 16 Feb 2019 in Romero House

Join us at Romero House on 16 February 2019 for a workshop from 10:00- 14:00 that will help you learn the ins-and-outs of public speaking.

John Sibley, the facilitator, will help us to get ready to talk this Family Fast Day.

Remember to bring your own lunch and eat simply! Register for the event now!

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‘How to’ with CAFOD: A simple lunch

Thank you to all of our parish volunteers, like Stuart in Canterbury, who are organising a soup lunch. Sharing a soup lunch is a wonderful way to live our faith in action. As we join together for this humble meal we express our solidarity and support for our global brothers and sisters devastated by climate change, poverty and conflict. 

Soup lunches provide an opportunity for prayer and reflection and it’s a chance to give practical help by raising money to support CAFOD’s amazing work.

Joining in friendship

Coordinating your soup lunch is easy. Follow these three easy steps to make a difference.

  1. Choose a venue with lots of space for you and your friends
  2. Recruit helpers to make different soups
  3. Invite friends and neighbours to share in solidarity with you

Finding the right recipe

Enjoy this carrot-coriander soup with your family and friends this Lent Family fast Day!

Enjoy this carrot-coriander soup with your family and friends this Lent Family fast Day!

There are so many recipes all over. Any soup will do. Your grandmother’s recipe that has been in the family for generations, or one you find online. Maybe you simply heat up a can. All of these options are the best ones. In case you need a little help we have a delicious carrot and coriander soup recipe for you.

Reflect with one another

Mahinur is from Bangladesh and this is dinner for her, her husband and her 12-year-old son.

Mahinur is from Bangladesh and this is dinner for her, her husband and her 12-year-old son.

This family fast day we are remembering and donating our money to families like Mahinur’s in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh climate change has left the land damaged due to cyclones and other natural disasters. Mahinur used to make her living off of catching fish but in May 2018 the river dried up.  Mahinur told us: “There should be fish in the river now. It’s the right time of year. But there’s nothing.”

You can support Mahinur and families like hers by donating this Lent through a simple meal.

Find out more about what you can do this Lent and Family fast day. 

 

Inspiring volunteer Family Fast Day briefing

On Saturday 19 January we had our first volunteer day of the new year. We had over 90 supporters come out and spend the day with us. We shared our experiences, we heard about Lent Family fast Day and celebrated mass together.  Thank you to all of you who came out! 

Becoming a global neighbour

Richard Sloman, CAFOD’s Programme Officer for Bangladesh,  inspired us with his knowledge and experience in Bangladesh. We learned about:

Richard Sloman engaging with one of our volunteers after his talk on Bangladesh.

Richard Sloman engaging with one of our volunteers after his talk on Bangladesh.

  • .Living conditions in Bangladesh
  • Responses to the Rohingya refugee crisis
  • Working in partnership with local partners like Caritas
  • Ensuring that our money goes to its intended recipient

This gave us time to reflect upon life in the United Kingdom and how we can share our resources with others to grow as a global neighbour.

Register for our next Family fast day briefing today.

What we learned on Bangladesh

CAFOD’s annual budget for Bangladesh is approximately £150,000 for long term support but over £600,000 has already been contributed towards supporting the Rohingya refugee response. Why is long term support to Bangladesh needed?

  • Reoccurring disastrous events
  • Climate change

Caritas Bangladesh, CAFOD’s partner, is empowering and training the locals on how to build shelters and communal buildings in the refugee camp . Elsewhere in Bangladesh, women are taught how to  grow crops that can better withstand climate change and are implementing new methods of tending to livestock.

Whatever you collect at Family fast day will partially go directly to the Bangladesh programme. Anything you can do helps.

Join us and learn how to be a beacon hope for the Bangladeshi citizens. Be part of the next conversation about how we can become better global citizens.

Shared Experiences

Marine, CAFOD staff in Southwark volunteer centre, is talking with Peter, volunteer area coordinator for Chatham deanery, about Family Fast Day.

Marine, CAFOD staff in Southwark volunteer centre, is talking with Peter, volunteer area coordinator for Chatham deanery, about Family Fast Day.

Throughout the day we talked with one another. We also shared our experiences as volunteers and global neighbours through one of the following workshops:

  • A workshop that taught us how to become a CAFOD volunteer in a parish.
  • Twenty people attended a workshop to understand how to join CAFOD Live Simply award
  • Another group of people engaged with other supporters in discussion about our new Hands On programme about peace building in Columbia.
  • Long standing volunteers gathered to exchanged ideas with other volunteers to enhance our work.

Rejoiced in crEATion Mass

We finished our day celebrating  with a crEATion mass where we shared in prayer and reflection.

Our volunteers from the Hands On workshop.

Our volunteers from the Hands On workshop.

The mass was Laudato Si inspired and gave us an insight for our next Campaign “Our

Common Home” starting in May.

In case we missed you this weekend sign up for the next Family fast day briefing now!

Discover our Lenten Material

Learn about our Family fast day. Pictured here is the newest volunteer of our Southwark team, Mariola Wilk.

Learn about our Family fast day. Pictured here is the newest volunteer of our Southwark team, Mariola Wilk.

Family fast Day will be on on 15 March 2019 at Southwark Volunteer centre in Romero House. We pledge to have soup and a simple meal and donate the money we would have spent to CAFOD, which will go directly to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Join us.

 

 

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We are sorry we missed you

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  1. 7 February 11:30 at Bexleyheath: St. John Vianney, Bexleyheath  
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