May I wish you a Blessed and Holy Easter!

Risen Lord,
shed your light on those who live in the shadow of death
and warm the hearts of those who have lost hope,
that they who daily bear the cross of hunger
may find your Promised Land,
and move from slavery to freedom.
As we proclaim your Easter song
help us to die to greed and rise to justice,
to abandon apathy and take up action,
that rich and poor together may travel the road to freedom,
and be restored to your resurrection life.
Amen.
Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD

Click here for Prayers on Easter Tide

Resources for your Lenten Journey

This Lent we have many opportunities for you to give, act and pray.

Pray

 Our online prayer resources will help you through Lent. Firstly, there is our Lenten calendar which features a scripture reading, short reflection, prayer, and action for each day throughout Lent. Every Friday at 11am we will have online stations of the cross please register here. We also have a power point of the stations of the cross for parishes, and one for  young people which  features quotes from Pope Francis new encyclical Fratelli Tutti. These can be downloaded and used in an online meeting or in church.

Act

Find out more about our work and the different challenges that communities face by joining our weekly webinars for example water and sanitation in Ethiopia, the challenge of water in South Sudan, Women’s rights in Gaza, and how livesimply helps Catholic communities care for our common home.  To register for these webinars please click here.  

Give

Please donate to our Lent appeal and help us to support communities around the world who are living poverty. Many more people (over 130 million) face hunger because of the impact of coronavirus and many still lack access to a clean nearby water supply so your support is desperately needed. Thank you so much.

Today is Lent Fast Day

Abdella from Ethiopia

Today please join us in prayer as we remember those communities living in poverty around the world and especially those who do not have access to a nearby safe water supply. We remember Abdella and his community in Ethiopia who must walk for many hours to collect water each day. We have online Stations of the Cross at 11am every Friday during Lent so please join us click here to register

This Lent will be particularly hard for many families because of lockdown. We have all missed the things we enjoy doing: – going out for a meal, drinks with friends, going to the cinema, theatre, concert, or a football match, even a haircut! So, this Lent instead of giving something up why not donate the money you would have spent on these activities to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.

£10 can buy sturdy water containers so families can store water safely.

£40 can bring safe drinking water to a hard-to-reach school.

£198 could buy bikes for a team of three water engineers to service water pumps in remote communities. 

£750 can give a community water supply.

You can donate online here Family Fast Day – Lent 2021 | CAFOD

Or you can donate by text- Text LENT 5 to 70460 to donate £5, or Text LENT 10 to 70460 to donate £10* or LENT 20 to 70460 to donate £20

*Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message you’ll be opting in to hear more about CAFOD’s work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text LENTNOINFO to 70460.

Or you can also call our donations team on 0303 303 3030 to donate by credit card.  

Many thanks in advance for your generous support .

The long walk for water