Hello to everyone at Our Lady of Sorrows and St Philip Benizi in Fordingbridge who (alongside parishioners at Sacred Heart and St Therese of Lisieux in Ringwood) have raised over £250 for CAFOD this Lent by feasting on St Patrick’s Day and fasting or eating frugally once a week.
Parishioners (all clad in green!) marked St Patrick’s Day by sharing a special ‘Irish Supper’ to the tunes of Irish classics such as ‘Molly Malone’, played by parishioner Florence, and were kept busy with an Irish themed quiz.
Questions varied from the geographical – ‘What river runs through Dublin?’ – to the historical – ‘When was St. Patrick born?’ – to the mystical ‘Which girl band sounded as if they had magical powers?!’ None paid to attend to the Irish supper, as everyone brought food to share, so money was raised through selling drinks and a raffle.
Across March and April, parishioners have also hosted a series of more simple Lent Fast Day soup lunches. Four lunches have been held to date and all have enjoyed the delicious homemade soups on offer, with flavours ranging from broccoli and stilton to tomato and sweet pepper. The money raised from the soup lunches has more than doubled the amount raised at the Irish Supper (£110), bringing the total raised to £250.
CAFOD volunteer and co-organiser Helen Eales said:
“Lots of parishes hold soup lunches to mark the start of Lent and to stand in solidarity with the poor, so the Ringwood and Fordingbridge Joint CAFOD Group decided to do the same and hold Lenten Lunches at both parishes every Friday during Lent.
“On 18th March we also combined with Sacred Heart, Ringwood to hold an Irish Supper to mark St Patrick’s Feast Day. It was a real feast! We had a licenced bar and that helped put us all in the mood for the rousing singing of Irish songs accompanied by our organist on the keyboard!”
Thank you so much to everyone at both Fordingbridge and Ringwood for supporting our Lenten appeal, which this year features our partners work in Zambia.
It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. This means that many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.
CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills so those most in need understand how to get a better price for their goods, market them and even set up business partnerships. By training individuals in the community, they will be able to share their new knowledge and empower the whole community.
Find out more about this life-changing work by watching our film below: