Frugal meal for lent : come and join us!

soup-shortlandShortlands Soup Lunch: Thursday 9 March – 1pm-2pm

We will be offering a delicious soup lunch at the CAFOD Southwark Volunteer Centre (St Catherine’s Cottage, Bishop Challoner School, 288 Bromley Road, Shortlands, Bromley, BR2 0AB) on Thursday 9th March between 1pm and 2pm. Please join us for a simple soup lunch in solidarity with our sisters and brothers living in poverty around the world. Let us know if you are coming.

soup-tunbridge wellsFast Day bread and soup lunch – 12noon-1:30pm Friday 10 March, Tunbridge Wells

St Augustine’s Justice and Peace group invite you to share a simple soup and bread lunch in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who are hungry. Proceeds to CAFOD. Location: St Augustine’s Church, Crescent Road, TN1 2LY

Do let us know if you are planning on holding your own soup lunch, special children’s liturgy or other event for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal in your own parish.

We hope the preparations for Lent Fast Day are going well

A huge story about a tiny fish in Tooting

Jed Murphy, a CAFOD volunteer in the Southwark Diocese spent this weekend at Our Lady of the Assumption in Tooting, South London as part of the Lent Fast Day appeal.

I have lived in this part of South London for most of my life – but had never known that this lovely, vibrant and very welcoming Parish existed on the borders of Tooting, Streatham & Mitcham.

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The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Tooting (Phot0: CAFOD Southwark)

This year’s Lent Fast Day talk focussed on an amazing CAFOD project that provides families in the poorest parts of Zambia with tiny  tilapia fish together with the tools & training to build ponds in order to farm them.

Through this initiative, families are able to stand on their own two feet, selling their fish at the market and sharing what they have with the most vulnerable in their community.

It is a truly inspiring story.

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A CAFOD Lent Fast Day poster, showing the incredible story of Florence & the talapia fish

As approach Fast Day this Friday (10th March), we are encouraged to eat a simple lunch or supper and give the money we save to support other families.  In doing so we demonstrate our faith and tangibly help change the lives of others.

A donation of just £4 will buy 100 of those tiny talapia fish.  £20 will provide the materials to build a pond.  Please give what you can today.

The appeal went down very well in the Parish, and we also had requests from two parishioners who wanted to get involved as CAFOD Volunteers.  It’s a really great way for us to put our faith into action.  If you’d like to help & support CAFOD’s work in the community more information can be found here.

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The sanctuary at Our Lady of the Assumption (Photo: CAFOD Southwark)

A huge thank you to Fr Patrick and  all the parishioners who made so welcome. 

Children’s chores making a difference to CAFOD’s partners

St John Vianney in Bexleyheath is in full swing as they prepare for CAFOD Lent Fast Day. Lyn Goddard, Bexley deanery area-coordinator volunteer, shares their journey with us.

Says Lyn: Lent Fast Day is fast approaching and preparations in our parish are now in full swing.

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St John Vianney, Bexleyheath

As usual, we’ll be putting up a display on the porch noticeboard and this time the theme will be fish…….and lots of eye-catching brightly-decorated fish spring to mind.

Our display, which will remain in place until the following Sunday, will coincide for Serge, our parish rep, to give his talk on Sunday 5th March.

We staple the CAFOD envelopes to the weekly newsletter which is handed out by our welcomers, together with the parish mass book. We find this solves the problem of folk forgetting to take an envelope when they leave after Mass. It also means everyone has the envelope in front of them when Serge is delivering his talk.

We make a point of using the CAFOD prayers of intercession throughout Lent as this helps to keep us focused on the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world. The newsletter includes a brief announcement reminding everyone that Fast Day is coming and it urges them to use Gift Aid if possible thereby increasing their gift.

After the 10.30.am Mass, which is our main Sunday service, we usually have refreshments in the hall. This gives parishioners a chance to chat and catch up on all the news.

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Lyn Goddard, left, with fellow Parish Volunteers at a Lent Fast Day briefing

On 5th March we’ll be having the usual refreshments as well as showing the video of Nkandu Chikonde which is available on the CAFOD website .

The youngsters haven’t been forgotten either.

We’re challenging them to become involved in the Fast Day efforts. Each child has been given a CAFOD money box and we’re asking them to do chores at home to earn money to put in the box.

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CAFOD money box

Obviously we want them to raise whatever money they can and we believe it will be good for them to feel they’re contributing. By doing chores they can see that the money they raise is a direct result of their own efforts.

As we feel our efforts shouldn’t just be restricted to a collection on Fast Day, we’re also planning a Lenten fund-raising frugal lunch. The occasion will also raise awareness of the challenges many people face in trying to find enough food to feed their families.

Finally, we hope to have a Day of Prayer for CAFOD which will include Stations of the Cross.

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Further details about this will be announced shortly.