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


St Amand’s Primary Brighten Up for Harvest

Harvest Market at St Amand's Primary

Harvest Market at St Amand’s Primary

Wow St Amand’s Primary East Hendred  what  an amazing Harvest market, and thank you so much for raising £300 for CAFOD’s Harvest family fast day which is a fantastic amount!  We hoped you enjoyed dressing up in bright colours! Thank you to those who brought in fresh items to sell and tinned items for the local food bank . The school Councillors worked very hard selling all the fresh items so many thanks!

We hope you enjoyed the Harvest fast day assembly led by our CAFOD school visitor Kath  Oldham. Wasn’t it amazing to learn that in 1990 35% of people in our world lived in extreme poverty but today that figure has gone down to 11% !   So your fundraising is making a huge difference to children’s lives around the world.  For example Twalumba from Zimbabwe is now healthy and growing well thanks to a group funded by CAFOD which teach new mums about good nutrition and the best foods to grow to keep their children healthy.

Twalumba from Zimbabawe

Twalumba from Zimbabwe

Many thanks to all the pupils, staff and parents at St Amand’s Primary for your support of our Harvest appeal, and also thank you to Kath Oldham for visiting the school.