Parish volunteers in Reading.
Many thanks to Richard Tudor for organising our last Lent fast day briefing at English Martyrs Church Reading last night and a HUGE THANK YOU to all those who attended. A total of 92 people have attended a Lent fast day briefing over the last few weeks which is fantastic. Thank you so much for giving up your time to come and find about our work in Zimbabwe and how you can support the Lent fast day appeal.
I would like to thank you in advance for speaking at mass , handing out the envelopes and supporting Lent fast day on Friday 23rd February. I am very grateful for all your support, and I would like to share with you a quote from Marian, a mother from Zimbabwe whose life has changed because of your support of previous fast days.
“I’m very grateful to CAFOD supporters for what they’ve done. You have been a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world. If I were to meet you, it would be such a blessing. I’d like to ask you, what drives you to give to others? Is it your kindness?”
Marian Magumise, 42
If you were unable to attend a Lent fast day briefing Chris Driscoll our CPC in Brentwood diocese is running online webinars. To watch one of these just click on the link to register.
Monday 12 February 2.30pm – 3.30pm To register for this online briefing click on this link https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3551834163057606658
Wednesday 14 February 7.30pm – 8.30pm To register for this online briefing click on this link https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/216764707361935874
Saturday 17 February 11am – 12pm To register for this online briefing click on this link https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7385754243298692610
Margaret Chaplin receiving her medal.
Congratulations to Margaret Chaplin from St Joseph’s Parish, Reading for receiving a diocesan medal for representing CAFOD in her parish for 27 years . During this time she has supported many CAFOD projects and encouraged her parish to raise an amazing £100,000 . She signed the parish up to Connect2 Ethiopia in 2010 after supporting the focus Africa project.
Connect 2 Ethiopia
The parish have been supporting the community in Sebeya in the north of Ethiopia. The community have recently experienced the worst droughts in fifty years because of the failure of two rainy seasons which took them by surprise.
Bairagabr Gidey, a farmer sent this message to the Connect 2 parishes ” I would like to thank the Catholic church for all they have done. We are thankful for the seeds, the cash for work programmes, the water point and the irrigation channels. The support continues to save the lives of the people who are the most in need.”
Many, many thanks to Margaret for her dedicated support of CAFOD over the years and for all that she has done to help her brothers and sisters overseas lift themselves out of poverty.
Interested in being a CAFOD volunteer in your parish?
Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon
Many thanks to our CAFOD Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Secondary school Reading for leading PSHE sessions on the Power to Be Campaign. Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.
Power to Be display
Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share. The Power to Be Campaign is calling on the World Bank to ensure access to renewable energy for the world’s poorest people.
You can sign a petition to the World Bank here and order resources for parishes here.