The children began the assembly by lighting candles to offer prayers together to God our Father for the well-being of all His people.
“Firstly we talked about the important actions we can all take during this special Year of Mercy to help people around us. We told the children that Pope Francis has asked us ‘to be merciful like the Father is merciful’ and to recognise that whatever we do to help other people, we do in the name of Jesus.
“The children then thought about some of the things which the church says we all should do to help people in need (sometimes called the Corporal Works of Mercy). These are things like giving food to someone who is hungry, a drink to someone who is thirsty and clothes to those who need them. CAFOD is doing work all over the world which is part of this.”
Patrick and Isobel then gave some examples of this including CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe where our partners are ‘giving drink to the thirsty’.Getting clean water is a big problem in some parts of Zimbabwe because the government cannot afford to repair and look after the water pipes. When her local borehole broke down and there was no money to fix it, Zimi (pictured above) had to walk 2-3 hours to get water.
Now that CAFOD’s partner has fixed Zimi’s local boreholes she has time to do things she likes. She said, “Before, I spent most of my spare time fetching water but now I can do fun stuff too” Zimi gets small amounts of water from the borehole near her school so that she can drink and wash her hands when she is at school.
“The children were very keen to tell us that they have been carrying out their Works of Mercy by ‘Making a Splash’ and fundraising for CAFOD throughout Lent. They also collected toys for children who needed them.”
“We could see that the children at Corpus Christi were very welcoming and that they will be looking forward to welcoming new pupils to the school later in the year.”
Thank you so much to everyone at Corpus Christi primary for all their support for CAFOD and to Patrick and Isobel for delivering this lovely assembly.