Why not organise a simple soup lunch this Lent family fast day 15th March?

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 .

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“Show the love” for our World by wearing a Green Heart on 14th February.

Green hearts

Green hearts

This Valentine’s day 14th Feb show your love for our earth by wearing a green heart and start a conversation about climate change.

Maureen Thompson our parish volunteer in Emsworth explains why ..

“One of the outcomes from my visit to climate change conference is that’s its really important that we all speak up.  The Climate Coalition Valentine’s  Campaign  which CAFOD is a part of is a really easy way to get involved.

This idea is that you make a green heart and on it put something you love and want to protect from climate change. Then by wearing it you can start climate conversations encouraging others to get involved and think about how they can act to protect creation.

The sewing group

The sewing group

 I have been sewing my hearts for the last few weeks at my sewing club and have persuaded some of the other ladies to help me make boomerang bags – fabric bags to be put in shops around our town to use instead of plastic,  an initiative by local Final Straw campaign https://finalstrawsolent.org/2018/10/17/boomerang-bags-reducing-the-use-of-single-use-plastic-bags/   we have made 20 so far and its led to lots of conversations.

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I have also prepared a special badge of a cherry tree in blossom in spring to send to my MP to encourage him to take part. CAFOD is  trying to encourage all MPs  to sign up to the cross party letter to commit to new legislation so that the UK  no longer contributes to climate change. I hope he will wear my badge and that it will show him that tackling climate change is important to all of us.”

Please all join the campaign there are postcards and stickers available to include everyone and also ideas for prayers and readings.

School Volunteers gather to “Give it Up” for Lent.

School volunteers

School volunteers

On Wednesday 23rd January school volunteers from Portsmouth and Clifton dioceses gathered together at St John the Baptist church in Andover to explore the Lent fast day school  resources. The day began with a reflection on CAFOD’s new ambition ” no one beyond reach” and then the volunteers discussed the resources for the Lent fast day assembly. In the afternoon they explored our new secondary workshop on  Mission , Discipleship and Vocation.

Exploring the Lent resources

Exploring the Lent resources

Many thanks to all our school volunteers who give up their time to visit primary and secondary schools in the Portsmouth diocese. We would love to have more school volunteers especially in the Portsmouth area and in Guernsey . So if you are a good communicator, have some free time during the week and would like to inspire young people to make a difference then email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or call 01252 329385 for more information. Full training and support are provided.