Preparing for Easter together as a community

Staying connected this Easter

For many of us, this Easter Sunday will look very different to the ones we’ve had before and although we cannot gather in person, there are lots of ways to come together with our Catholic community around the world during these difficult times.

Live Mass with Fr Liam

Live Mass with Fr Liam

 

From joining CAFOD’s Facebook community group to watching our live Easter Sunday Children’s liturgy, joining our online talks, and using our Easter prayers as a way of praying outside of Church liturgies and services – there are so many ways you can get involved.

 

A unique Lenten season

Soup lunch together

Soup lunch together

It was just a few weeks ago that parishes, schools and communities across Southwark came together for our sixtieth annual Family Fast Day.

We heard some amazing stories about how you got involved,  organising events like St Peter, Westgate on Sea Parish in Thanet, who raised £467 in a parish quiz, we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who joined us.

Your support will mean that we can continue to support local experts around the world, which is especially important in the coming weeks and months as the number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise in the African and Asian countries where we work.

We know that the impact of COVID-19 on countries with weak health care systems will be devastating for communities with limited availability to vital handwashing and hygiene facilities.

However, we refuse to be overwhelmed by the task ahead – already our country teams working with church agencies, and their respective government health authorities are reaching out to vulnerable families with critical information on how to keep safe.

And thanks to support from across Southwark we will be able to continue to stand alongside these organisations during these challenging times.  Read more about CAFOD’s Coronovirus response here

Reflecting and connecting

 As Linda Jones from our Theology team wrote in her blog about ‘signs of hope in a time of crisis’, like snowdrops in January, or daffodils in spring, we all will have seen and experienced signs of hope.

We’ve had some great examples already of families around the country making their own beautiful palm crosses to put on their door this Palm Sunday.

Lamb and mother

Lamb and mother

If you’re stuck for inspiration, we have lots of Holy Week resources for primary and secondary ages, with challenges and activities for young people to get stuck in to.

We would love to hear from you the things happening in your community that have given you hope this Holy Week,  lets stay connected:

By phone:  Celeste- 07775 704 546 , Marine – 07710 094446

By Email: southwark@cafod.org.uk

We wish you a safe and blessed Easter.

Celeste and Marine

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