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:

Rejoice! Get together on Friday, 23rd February, to pray and fast

Marjorie Henry-Lawrence is a media volunteer with CAFOD, in the Diocese of Southwark – I am sharing with you why I will be attending CAFOD Family Fast Day on Friday 23rd February, at the Bishop Challoner School’s Chapel. 

Fast and Pray

Marjorie Henrie is a media volunteer with CAFOD Southwark

Marjorie Henrie is a media volunteer with CAFOD Southwark

What a wonderful opportunity to move from consumption to contemplation. Our fast will be a benefit to others, not by thinking ‘less of ourselves’ but thinking ‘about ourselves less’. To fast and pray has a transformative power, so do join us.

To go from the external stimulation of eating to the internal stimulation that comes from fasting and praying. For me, it’s a journey from doing to being – from action to thought.

Discover our power point to reflect on your lenten Fast in your parish 

Where, When, Why, Who –

Svondo, 7 years old, enjoying peanut butter. He is healthy. Thanks to CAFOD's partner who supported his mum, Marian with vegetables seeds and training..

Svondo, 7 years old, enjoying peanut butter. He is healthy. Thanks to CAFOD’s partner who supported his mum, Marian with vegetables seeds and training.

Where: Bishop Challoner School’s Chapel. 228 Bromley Road, Shortlands, BR2 0AB. (Free parking on Scotts Avenue, BR2 0LG).

Why: To reflect and share in small groups. To take part in a question and answers, as we rediscover the triumph of fasting, praying and reviewing bible passages alongside the Laudato si’.

When: Friday, February 23, from 12:30 – 1:30 for one hour.

Who: We are all called to take action in oneness and in love as we fast and pray.

Read more about fasting with CAFOD theology expert Susy

In the act of fasting we stand in solidarity with those who hunger – in so doing, we show our hunger and thirst for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:6). “Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption.” (#222, Laudato si’)

Confirm attendance if possible via (you can also just turn-up):

From Zimbabwe to Battersea via a vegetable garden

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

Parish of the Sacred Heart Church, Battersea (Photo: CAFOD)

Parish of the Sacred Heart Church, Battersea (Photo: CAFOD)

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.

Discover Marian’s story in a video

No child should have to go hungry

But the message this Lent is that no child should have to go hungry.

And this Lent our donations can make double the impact:  for every pound you donate to CAFOD, the UK Government will also donate a pound.

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.

The magnificent Sacred Heart Church (Photo: CAFOD)

The magnificent Sacred Heart Church (Photo: 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.

Let’s use this Lent to remember our less fortunate brother & sisters around the world.  

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’.

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Photo: CAFOD