Jed Murphy, a CAFOD volunteer in the Southwark Diocese spent a weekend at St Anselm’s Church in Tooting Bec, South London as part of this year’s Lent Fast Day.
I have been a volunteer Mass speaker for a number of years now, helping to make the Lent and Harvest Fast Day appeals at parishes around the Southwark Diocese.
It still can be quite nerve wracking going to a new parish, meeting new people and making the appeal. But the whole parish team made me feel so welcome. So a huge thank you to Fr Hebborn, Fr John Anyaegbunam, Fr Peter Gee, Martine Mercer & Thelma Lewis (our Parish CAFOD contact).
The theme of this year’s Lent Fast Day was ‘Digging Deep’ to transform land & lives. CAFOD posters, donation envelopes & prayer cards were all in place when I arrived – and looked really impressive.
Each of the Masses was so well attended – and the 10.00am Mass was a Family Folk Mass with such fantastic music conducted by Martine.
This year’s appeal told the story of Mohammed, a 14 year old boy whose life was changed forever by the incredible work of CAFOD & the Church in Sierra Leone. They are transforming land that was previously thought to be unfarmable (places like the old diamond mines) & teaching families how to farm.
I always find these stories so powerful as they really bring to life how CAFOD’s work is changing lives – thanks to the prayers and donations of everyone who supports us.
I spoke during the Homily at each Mass and Fr Hebborn had kindly arranged a retiring collection for the Fast Day. Parishioners seemed so generous. I always try and make the point during the Appeal that, if people can also Gift Aid their donation, CAFOD will receive an extra 25p for every £1 donated. It makes a huge difference.
So thanks again to everyone at St Anselm’s for making me feel so welcome.
And thanks 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.