Speaking up for CAFOD in Kent

CAFOD Southwark Diocesan Officer, Sarah Cadwallader, shares her experiences of speaking up for CAFOD in Kent, this Lent:I had wonderful time speaking about CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day at St Andrews Parish in Tenterden on the weekend of the 8th and 9th March. I was warmly welcomed by Bishop John Hine and all the parishioners who were extremely encouraging and supportive of CAFOD’s work.

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St Andrew’s Parish, Tenterden

Bishop John gave a short homily in which he spoke about forgiveness and salvation and encouraged everyone to watch two videos of Bishop John Arnold discussing the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation and its relevance in our lives today. You can watch these thought provoking videos here>>

After each Mass on the Sunday morning I was invited to have coffee in the church hall and heard about all the different groups in the community that use the Parish facilities, from children’s parties to dancing groups. I was reminded by parishioners that they host a Harrods hand bag sale in the hall to fundraise for CAFOD. This fantastic event is all organised by parishioner, Mary Iglinski. I am very much looking forward to the attending the next Handbag (and other goodies) sale which will be taking place in St Andrew’s Hall (TN30 6LL) on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March from 10.30am to 4pm. Come and join me to bag a bargain and fundraise for CAFOD!

This weekend (15th and 16th March) I had another wonderful weekend speaking at Masses about CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day, at St Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Rainham.

Sarah, outside St Thomas of Canterbury, ready to speak up for CAFOD.

Sarah, outside St Thomas of Canterbury, ready to speak up for CAFOD.

Father Justin Daanaah was very welcoming as were all the parishioners there was some beautiful music and singing at the 10am Mass on the Sunday morning and the children all came to the front at the offertory with fabulously colourful pictures of Jesus’ transfiguration that they had made during their children’s liturgy.

When I returned for the Sunday evening Mass the youth formation group had been in the Church during the afternoon and had set up a labyrinth with different prayer stations reflecting on the Passion of Christ. I was fortunate enough to have time to stop in at all the stations which had very moving visual aids and prayer actions to focus your reflection. Father Justin decided to keep the stations set up throughout the week and encouraged parishioners to make it part of their Lenten reflection to walk the labyrinth during the week.

Thank you to all the parishes that welcomed a CAFOD speaker and to all our Volunteers who spoke in other parishes across the Southwark Diocese over the last two weekends. Together we can let everyone know about the wonderful work CAFOD’s partners do.

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