This Lent many of our volunteers were able to organise soup lunches. We asked our volunteers this Lenten season to eat simply. Part of this pledge entailed eating simply for one lunch during Lent. Volunteers brought their fellow parishioners together for a soup lunch to share in conversation and nourishment. After this lunch they donated the rest of the money that they would have spent on lunch to CAFOD to go towards the Bangladesh programme.
Sharing a soup to live in solidarity
Parish volunteer Sue Jarvis brought her Chatham community together at St. Henry and Elizabeth. She organised her own soup lunch to bring together her friends and family in her parish. On 15th March 2019 she held a ‘simple lunch event’ to support the Fast Day appeal. They all gathered together with bread, cheese and conversation. While she and her parish friends caught up over lunch she also discussed, with her fellow parishioners, ways she could raise funds for CAFOD.
Soup bringing us together
Parish volunteer Ewan at Christ the King in Merton also set up a soup lunch. Ewan brought together his fellow parishioners for a great lunch on 17th March 2019. He held it right after mass and 40 people came! They had homemade bread and soup for all of their parish friends. Two of the parishioners made the soup. They made it vegetarian to be environmentally friendly. They made leek and potato and carrot and lentil soups. He told us that before they ate, one of the parishioners read a CAFOD prayer. During their meal they reflected on the story of Mahinur and her family from the CAFOD Lent Fast Day appeal. They also discussed how climate change made a large impact on her family. They were able to raise £920.
Ewan and parish volunteers also set up an arts and crafts center for the kids where they could write what they were giving up for Lent. They also wrote messages about climate change which Ewan hung up on the message boards in the parish.
Testimonials from soup lunches
Ewan told us: “The parish of Christ the King decided to eat a simple lunch in solidarity with those who go hungry around the world, and to raise money for their plight. Pope Francis has taught us through Laudato Si that it is the poorest who are suffering the most from climate change. CAFOD is helping those people and we are proud to be in a position to support their great work.”