This year, St Edmund Campion parish in Maidenhead celebrated Lent Fast Day in an extra special way! 🙂 Young finalists from the interschool public speaking competition, organised by our volunteer Sharon Westby last month, spoke at all the Masses this weekend at the Homily slot.
“I was invited to be a judge at the public speaking competition and I was so impressed by the children’s talent that I thought everybody should hear them” said parish priest Fr Paul Mooney while introducing their talks.
The pupils delivered excellent talks with great confidence, and told parishioners the story of Amparo (our Fast Day “heroine”) and how her life was transformed after setting up a metal furniture business with the help of CAFOD’s partner Pastoral Social.
Commenting about his talk, one pupil said: “It was scary at first, but then after a little while I got used it and I enjoyed it”, a comment shared by the other speakers as well! Another pupil added: “I tried to put as much expression as I could – it was fun in the end”. Another comment was: “It is a really good idea to give those talks because people can then talk about it and see things from different perspectives. It was nerve-wracking at first but then I got into it!”.
All of them had obviously put a lot of preparation into their talk, and it definitely paid off – they all received a big round of applause from the congregation at the end of the talk, and it was my pleasure to present them with a little certificate of thanks – just a token of appreciation for being such good ambassadors for CAFOD!!!
Once again, a huge thanks to all 3 of them – our youngest (and best!!!) CAFOD speakers ever for their great efforts! It was definitely a Fast Day weekend to remember 🙂 Thanks also to their parents and teachers who helped them with the preparation, to Fr Paul and to all parishioners for their generosity!