Thank you so much to everyone who came to our Lent fast day meeting in Reading last night it was great to see you all. Many thanks to Christ the King Church for hosting and to Mike Terney our parish volunteer there for organising the meeting .
Also thank you to Sally Kitchener our content writer for giving such an interesting and engaging talk about Mahinur who lives in Bangladesh and the difficulties she faces. Mahinur relies on fishing to feed her disabled husband and son but last year a drought killed all the fish in the river and now she is struggling to put food on the table. There is no happy ending to this story yet as this is the situation Mahinur faces today and she needs our help.
So this Lent please support our Lent family fast day on Friday 15th March by having a simple meal or giving up a treat and donate the money you save to support families like Mahinur who are in need of help.
Parish volunteers & Fr Jonathan
It was lovely to meet parish volunteers from the Isle of Wight at our Lent fast day planning meeting on Saturday 16th Feb at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes. Many thanks to Geraldine Heath our Volunteer Area Coordinator for the Isle of Wight for organising the meeting and thanks to Fr Jonathan and St Thomas of Canterbury for hosting the meeting.
Jess Michelmore, our Communications Officer for Latin America gave an inspiring talk about our work in Peru, and the Warmi Huasi project in Lima which provides safe places for children to play and learn. One person commented that her talk gave “genuine in site to CAFOD projects” and that hearing first hand about how their donations make a difference is so useful.
Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting.
We have more Lent fast day meetings this week so do come along.
18 February Christ the King, Reading 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Sally Kitchener from the communications team will be speaking about her recent visit to CAFOD projects in Bangladesh.
21 February St Margaret Mary, Park Gate 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Maureen Thompson will be speaking about her recent trip to COP24 UN Climate Summit and CAFOD’s Climate Change Campaign
23 February St Bede’s, Basingstoke 10:30am to 1pm. At this meeting Helene Lavaud HR adviser for CAFOD will be speaking about her recent trip to Eastern Congo and CAFOD’s work caring for child soldiers.
5 March St Joseph, Newbury 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Kezia Harrow our Step into the Gap volunteer will talk about her recent trip to visit CAFOD projects in the Holy Land.
Please book your place by emailing portsmouth@cafod. org.uk or call 01252 329385
CAFOD parish volunteers at St Edward the Confessor Church, Chandler’s Ford tell us why they enjoy organising soup lunches and suppers in their parish. Having a soup lunch or supper is a great way to mark Lent family fast day by eating less or having a simple meal we can show solidarity for those who go hungry each day. We have soup recipes here and an editable poster that you can use to advertise it.
So why not organise one in your parish this Lent and don’t forget to send us a photo for the blog. Just like these ones from previous soup lunches .