Best wishes for a Happy and Joyful Easter

 

Cross

 

Overcoming the Cross of Hunger

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

Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter – Jo Lewry

Please note the CAFOD Portsmouth office will be closed from Thursday 29th March  until Tuesday 3rd April.

Today is Family Fast Day

In Zimbabwe 1 in 4 children are malnourished.

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.

Everlasting God,

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,
Amen.

Thank you to all those who are holding Lent lunches today and joining us in fasting in solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas.

Reflect on the Plight of Refugees using our Advent Service

Reflecting on the Lost Family Portraits

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

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. 

Amen 

We pray for refugees and migrants.

We pray for refugees and migrants.