Year 6 pupils at St John the Baptist explore the Corporal works of Mercy

St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist

Hello to St John the Baptist primary school in Andover and many thanks for welcoming our school visitor Roger Coveney to your school last week . I hope that Year 6 enjoyed exploring the corporal works of mercy and how CAFOD’s work relates to them .

Corporal woks of mercy display

Corporal woks of mercy display

We are currently feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and providing clothes and shelter to the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.  Our Caritas aid workers have reached Palu, with aid – transporting 7 tons of rice, canned sardines, 500 boxes of drinking water, 250 packages of blankets, hygiene kits, water buckets, tarpaulins, mats and sarongs, and have begun distributions.  To help us provide this essential support please donate to our appeal here .

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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Many Thanks to Pupils from St Edmund Campion Primary for telling Parishioners about Harvest Family Fast Day

Pupils from St Edmund Campion

Pupils from St Edmund Campion

Thank you so much to the pupils from St Edmund Campion Primary school Maidenhead for speaking at Sunday masses last weekend and asking parishioners to support the Harvest family fast day.

Laura, our parish volunteer at St Edmund Campion Church Maidenhead wrote

“A huge thanks to the children from St Edmund Campion’s primary school in Maidenhead, who took on the role of CAFOD ambassadors this weekend and spoke at all the Masses about Harvest Fast Day.

Pupils from St Edmund Campion

Pupils from St Edmund Campion

They were able to thank parishioners for their generosity last Lent and update them on the outcome of the Lent appeal and match funding.

They were also able to tell the story of Longora in Uganda, featured on the HFD poster, and how her community was empowered by CAFOD’s partner Caritas Moroto, who repaired the water hole in her village and trained villagers to maintain it.

Pupils from St Edmund Campion

Pupils from St Edmund Campion

The children also helped with distributing the envelopes and prayer cards at the end of each Mass and invited everyone to take part in Harvest Fast Day this Friday.

They did a wonderful job! Next weekend the collection will be taken and we will update you on how much money they helped raise.”

Longora and her family

Longora and her family