I have been a CAFOD Volunteer for a few years now – and as one of the volunteers who speak at Mass for Fast Day appeals, there is always a little trepidation when walking into a new parish for the first time. There are new people to meet and you always hope that the appeal talk itself goes well.
But there was no need to worry as Fr Anthony & Fr Terry made me so welcome. The parish had already put the leaflets and prayer cards in place as well as a notice in the newsletter.
This years’ Harvest Fast Day talk focused on the fact that we are all called to share what we can with those less fortunate than ourselves. By giving something up for Fast Day: whether a sandwich at lunchtime, a drink after work, some sweets or a snack – we can make that sacrifice and give the money we would have spent to help CAFOD provide food, shelter & healthcare for those refugees as they arrive in Europe s well as supporting people like Hamani as he struggles to provide food to his family in Niger.
But we can also help by providing a more regular gift to CAFOD and supporting the long-term Hands On project in Niger.
The Hands On programme allows you to follow the progress of a specific project and to get regular updates from the community as they work towards a more secure future. You can find out more here.
The response from Christ the King was fantastic. Thanks to everyone took a Fast Day envelope, took a prayer card, who asked questions, was so generous with their donations and generally made me feel so welcome.