Get inspired by St. Augustine’s superb soup lunch

Oliver Meade is an office volunteer at the CAFOD Southwark volunteer centre.  In this blog, he writes about two soup lunches that took place in St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Tunbridge Wells, as well as how you can organise your own soup lunch.

Two incredible soup days

St Augustine's delicious butternut squash soup for Family Fast Day this Lent 2018

St Augustine’s delicious butternut squash soup for Family Fast Day this Lent 2018

The Justice and Peace group in St Augustine dished up mouth-watering soups on CAFOD Family Fast Day.  The delectable ingredients were used to create restaurant-worthy soups.

In this convivial atmosphere, an impressive £110 was raised for CAFOD from 20 charitable attendees. The prior soup on Ash Wednesday raised £250 from 73 parishioners. A combined total of £360 was raised from St. Augustine’s. Well done!

Organise your own Soup Lunch in your parish

Money well spent!

The £360 from St. Augustine’s will be doubled to £720 by the UK Government with UKaid, making double the difference.  This money can be used for:

Matching your soup donations with UKaid this Lent 2018

Matching your soup donations with UKaid this Lent 2018

Peanut Seeds, £6 – Used to make nutritious peanut butter, a particular favourite of Svondo – a seven-year-old boy who is healthy, thanks to CAFOD’s partner who helped his mother, Marian.

Vegetable Garden, £28 – Myriad seeds needed for a family to plant a garden full of vegetables.

Health Workers, £97 – To train health workers and new mothers on how to identify malnutrition in children.

The  £720 raised by St. Augustine’s Catholic Church could buy 120 bags of peanut seeds or almost 26 vegetable gardens or educate over 7 health workers.

 

How to organise your own soup lunch

It is more simple than you may think to organise your very own soup lunch.

By clicking on this link, you will be taken to a PDF with three easy steps outlining how to hold a soup lunch.  Ensure that you have communicated with your priest and that you choose a specific day, with enough helpers to make the event run smoothly.  You may print posters to stick in your parish or local area which will inform others about your charitable day.

Soup Day 2

Parishioners enjoying the soup at St. Augustine’s

Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” 

For help and more resources for this Family Fast Day:

Looking Back on 2017 in Southwark

Lots has happened in 2017 !

In January Catherine from Whistable

In February, we learnt more about Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ examination of the many issues affecting our planet and spread the message to young people in our diocese.

In March, soup lunches were held across the diocese in aid of Lent Fast Day.

Power to Be

CAFOD supporters at the Houses of Parliament

In May, we joined other CAFOD supporters in meeting with MPs at Parliament to remind them of the importance of International aid and tackling climate change.

In July, acclaimed electronic band Ooberfuse inspired Greenwich students to take action on climate change through our Power to Be Campaign.

In August, the Archbishop Romero Trust held a mass to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Oscar Romero at St George’s Cathedral.

Fairtrade

A CAFOD supporter outside Sainsbury’s Crayford

In October, we campaigned against Sainsbury’s decision to ditch the Fairtrade scheme on some of its own-brand tea. Also, soup lunches were held across the diocese in aid of Harvest Fast Day.

In November, we celebrated the exciting news that the scheduled eviction of the Maua community in Brazil has been suspended following months of campaigning by CAFOD supporters.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all CAFOD supporters for all their hard work over the last year. We couldn’t achieve anything without you.

Gratitude to and from Our CAFOD Volunteers

Several CAFOD volunteers have received awards honouring multiple years of dedicated service to CAFOD. Sidney Magdaong, a CAFOD intern, highlights some of the volunteers who have received these prestigious certificates.

A big thank you goes out to all of our CAFOD volunteers who have dedicated their time to serving CAFOD. As a sign of our appreciation for them, CAFOD has recently granted some milestone certificates honouring their dedicated volunteering efforts for multiple years of service.

Learn more about what it means to be a CAFOD volunteer

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Eileen with volunteers Roger Wright, Anne Unseld and Fred Mendonca

We as CAFOD are grateful for the post-awarding messages our volunteers have been sending us, and we would like to acknowledge some of them here. Grania Frazer, who has served CAFOD for 10 years, says “May I thank [CAFOD] for their THANK YOU for 10 years of volunteering. I had not realised that it was so long.” Another volunteer, John Foley, modestly, and yet powerfully states that “…the reward is just in helping CAFOD.”

Anne Towner 10 yr certificate

Anne Towner, a 10-year CAFOD volunteer

Some of our volunteers even have decades of volunteer experience under their belt. Long time volunteer Josephine Sands tells us “Thank you for my certificate received yesterday. It’s nice to have it… I started volunteering for CAFOD around 1995 when the office was in Dartford!”

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Eileen Hayes, a CAFOD administrator, says to one of our volunteers, “Whenever we meet or chat with volunteers, we are so inspired by the acts of kindness that you do. You give us a great hope that a fairer world is possible.” And a fairer world doesn’t just happen; it requires time, and it amazes us at how CAFOD volunteers are willing use their free time to build a better future. In fact, the summed total of all the years our volunteers have served is about 640 years! Clearly, a large part of CAFOD’s foundation hinges on the drive of our volunteers. We’ll have to make sure to celebrate once we hit 1000 years!

Even while receiving the certificates, many of our volunteers were still hard at work

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Eileen presenting a thank you cake to our office volunteers Gaynor and Liz

preparing and speaking at Mass for this past Fast Day–a sign of their continuous support. Though we have received several “Thank You” messages after delivering our certificates to them, the biggest gratitude goes to our volunteers. Thank you for your service and we hope for your continuing support and zeal for creating positive change in the world.