Jed Murphy is a CAFOD volunteer in the Southwark Diocese. Jed went to speak at mass for Lent Family Fast Day last weekend at the Parish of the Sacred Heart Church in Battersea. Here, he writes about his message and experience.
Sacred Heart Parish is a wonderfully vibrant parish located in the heart of Battersea. It was founded in 1875 and is in the care of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
Your donations made a difference
This year’s Fast Day talk centred on Marian and her two sons, Tawanda & Svondo, who live in Zimbabwe. When Tawanda was growing up, Marian didn’t have enough food to give him. It was heartbreaking to see. When Tawanda was a teenager, Marian had another son, Svondo. He was brought up on fresh vegetables, beans and peanut butter. Now seven years old, Svondo is growing healthy and strong. He plays with his friends. He’s happy.
And the difference? Your donations to CAFOD helped to give Marian some seeds. And she did the rest. She worked hard month after month to grow a vegetable garden until it flourished and provided food for her family.
No child should have to go hungry
But the message this Lent is that no child should have to go hungry.
At no extra cost, twice the number of lives can be transformed. Twice the number of children can have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.
This Friday go without a meal and give to CAFOD
This Friday I hope you can take part in Family Fast Day by going without a meal, or having a simple meal and giving generously to CAFOD.
During Mass, Father reminded us all that this weekend is the start of our Lentern journey towards Easter. Even the weather seemed to point to the first few bright days of Spring on the way.
I wanted to say a very big thank-you to Fr Gerry O’Shaughnessy, Fr. Peter Pagac and Deacon Michael Kennedy and all the parishioners who made me feel so welcome this weekend.
As Fr O’Shaughnessy said this morning: ‘Happy Lent’.