St Luke’s Theale Harvest Sale and Bring & Buy

Before the sale

Before the sale

Many thanks to our CAFOD parish volunteers at St Luke’s Church, Theale for organising a Harvest Sale and Bring & Buy on Saturday 6th October  to raise money for our Harvest family fast day appeal.  They raised £120 which is a fantastic amount so many thanks to everyone who supported the sale.

Bring & Buyers

Bring & Buyers

Many thanks to Monica for making jam to sell and to Sam for taking the photos.

Church display

Church display

Thank You for holding a Soup Lunch on Harvest Fast day

Soup lunch at St Joseph Maidenhead.

Soup lunch at St Joseph Maidenhead.

Many thanks to all our parish volunteers who organised a soup lunch last Friday on Harvest family fast day at these churches :-

St Edmund Campion Bournemouth

Our Lady Immaculate Westbourne

Our Lady Queen of Peace Southbourne

Corpus Christi Wokingham

St Edward the Confessor Chandler’s Ford

St Thomas of Canterbury Cowes Isle of Wight

St Wilfrid’s Ventnor Isle of Wight

St Joseph’s Maidenhead

Patrick from St Joseph’s told me “About 30 parishioners attended the lunch and enjoyed a lovely get-together for a good old chat whilst enjoying their soup and roll. Father John Lee blessed the meal and thanked everyone for their attendance as well as endorsing the excellent work that CAFOD provides in support of communities that strive to support themselves.”

Donna from St Edmund Campion Church  told me “The soup lunch was supported by 40 people and raised £240 with the help of their local Tesco which donated, rolls, tea, coffee and biscuits towards the event.”

Clare from St Edward the Confessor told me that £102.40 was raised at their soup lunch.

 Holding a soup lunch is a great way to be in solidarity with those around the world who do not have enough to eat  or the choice of food that we have. Our family fast days enable us to reflect on how much we have and the choices we can make compared to our brothers and sisters living in poverty around the world.

Soup lunches can also be a great sociable and fun way to raise funds for CAFOD. So please consider holding one for Lent fast day Friday 15th march 2019!

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Over 50 Year 12 Students attend the CAFOD Young Leadership Training Day!

Young Leaders

Young Leaders

Wow what a fantastic day we had yesterday with 58 Year 12 students from schools in Arundel & Brighton and Portsmouth dioceses attending their first training day for the CAFOD Young Leadership programme. Many thanks to the students from Blessed Hugh Faringdon Reading,  Cardinal Newman School Hove, Christ the King Isle of Wight,  Farnborough Hill Farnborough, Salesian School Chertsey,  Salesian School Farnborough, Oaklands College Waterlooville, St Anne’s School Southampton , St Joseph”s College Reading and St Peter’s School Guildford for  taking on the role of  CAFOD Young Leaders in your schools.  Your enthusiasm and energy was amazing and we hope you found the day inspiring and informative.

Sarah Burrows from CAFOD’s Youth team started the day with a reflection on CAFOD’s vision and values . After some lively icebreakers the students looked at some statistics on global poverty for example 844 million people still don’t have access to safe drinking water . Then they explored what makes a good leader and the qualities of leadership. Next they participated in On the Move which is a refugee simulation exploring the feelings of people having to flee from their home because of war. The students then worked together in their school groups to plan the activities that will carry out this term in their schools.

On the Move activity

On the Move activity

Many thanks to Oaklands College for hosting the day and to Mr Sumba for organising the refreshments for us. Thanks also to Liz Burden and Steve Deadman our school volunteers who helped out on the day and to the staff accompaniers from each school for supporting  your students  We look forward to hearing about the Young Leaders activities at the second training day in January 2019!

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