In Zimbabwe 1 in 4 children are malnourished.
Today let us take some time to think of all those who are hungry especially those suffering from malnutrition . Maybe we could pray this prayer together today.
we give you thanks
for you nourish and strengthen us
with your merciful love.
Give us this day our daily bread.
We pray for those
who hunger in scorched lands,
with no food for their children.
Together, we cry out for justice.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Help us to share generously
as one global family,
and to hold onto hope
for a world transformed.
Bread of life,
we pray your people
may find life and joy
in all its fullness.
Through Christ our Lord,
Thank you to all those who are holding Lent lunches today and joining us in fasting in solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas.
Reflecting on the Lost Family Portraits
Our Advent Service reflects on the theme of journeys . The readings explore the journey of the people of Israel in Exodus, the journey of Aza a mother who fled from Syria to Greece with her nine-month old son and the call of John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord. During the service there was an opportunity to think about our own experiences of journey, who had supported us through difficult times in our lives and how we welcome the people we met on the way. We also prayed for those who had to flee from their homes because of war and violence, and those who are looking for a safe place and a friendly welcome.
Lost Family Portraits
At the service in my church I used the Lost Family Portraits as a focal point . These photos are in an exhibition in Parliament this week alongside messages of hope for refugees written by CAFOD supporters. The photos tell the stories of families living in the refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and the empty chairs represent missing family members who been lost during the conflict.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for migrants and refugees, we invite you to join the Share the Journey campaign. Alongside Catholics worldwide, we call on governments to agree on two global ‘compacts’ which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart. Please sign the petition to the Prime minister here.
Please join with us in saying the closing prayer of the service.
Come Lord Jesus come and let your light shine though us so that through our action we may be salt for the earth, a light in people’s sight and that we might reach out to you in one another especially those in need.
We pray for refugees and migrants.
Book of Remembrance at the altar at St Michael & All Angels.
Many thanks to Fr Gerard for beautiful and inspiring memorial mass last Sunday at St Michael & All Angels church. He took the theme of living life to the full for the mass and talked about the how the work of CAFOD enables our brothers and sisters overseas to live their lives to full without worrying about whether they will have enough to eat or clean water to drink.
Also a HUGE thank you to Tim Collins our CAFOD parish volunteer at St Michael & All Angels for organising the mass and for speaking so eloquently about the importance of remembering CAFOD supporters who have passed away and the legacy that they have left behind. Finally many thanks to all those who came to the mass to pray for those in the Book of Remembrance, and to the parishioners of St Michael & All Angels for their very warm welcome and hospitality.
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