Jed Murphy, a Southwark Diocese Volunteer, spent the day in Lewisham at St Saviour’s Parish for this year’s CAFOD Harvest Fast Day. (The parish is known fully as St Saviour, St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist).
This Harvest Fast Day we were all asked to do something a little different. And rather special. We were asked to take a journey together. A journey with Nicanora and her family who live on the inhospitable Altiplano in Bolivia. A journey that begins in poverty and hunger.
The Harvest Fast Day talk took us through the steps Nicanora and her family will make over the next 2 years to create an abundant harvest for her family and whole community: from irrigating a potato field, to preparing soil, building a greenhouse and creating wormery for compost.
And we were asked to stand alongside Nicanora as she starts on this journey by supporting her with a £5 monthly donation. A gift that would provide the seeds, skills and training that Nicanora and her family need. A gift that would also allow each CAFOD supporter to follow Nicanora’s journey from beginning to end through regular updates.
It really was a fantastic story of how everyone can help make a difference this Harvest and allow us to share our gifts with so many of our sisters and brothers who struggle to get enough to eat.
And the response from the parish was fantastic. We had so many people sign-up to volunteer with CAFOD and to set-up a regular donation.
And what an amazing parish. Every Mass was absolutely packed, with standing room only. A wonderful and inspiring thing to see.
During Mass, Fr Louis even recounted how important he saw CAFOD’s work in his native Nigeria.
As a volunteer, visiting a new parish for the first time and speaking to a new group of people can be quite daunting but Fr Chris, Fr Tom, Fr Louis and everyone in the parish were so welcoming. A massive thank you to you all.