Parishioners and volunteers at Our Lady Immaculate parish in Westbourne made an extra effort to fundraise during Lent to make the most of the UK Match Funding promise. A small but faithful band of parishioners attended the 6 Lenten Soup Lunches and a further 40 parishioners attended the Fish supper held on the last Friday in Lent.
Our parish contact Susan Kelly reports: “The support has been fantastic: all the soup and fish dishes were donated by volunteers of the parish social committee, so no expenses were incurred and every penny given went towards the amazing sum of £581.19 raised. Two of our volunteers, Pam and Sarah, deserve special mention because they stepped in and made soup, and ran the last Friday soup lunch, when I had to go to a funeral and then they returned in the evening with two dishes of fish pie and bouillabaisse!”
After the fish supper Susan gave a short talk on why she supports CAFOD and she concluded with a very appropriate quote from Pope Francis: “A decidedly generous love is a sign of faith and an invitation to faith. When we care for the needs of our brothers and sisters, we are proclaiming the kingdom and making it present.” The talk was followed by a presentation on climate change and the CAFOD film on Myanmar. The Lenten Appeal was also extremely well supported with a good number of Gift Aid envelopes completed.
A huge thanks to Susan and all her team of helpers who have organised the events so brilliantly, to the social committee for generously donating the food and to everyone who came along and supported our Lenten appeal in so many ways. A special thanks also goes to Father Bill Wilson for his support. Well done everyone! 🙂