Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh “Give it Up ” 24 hour Challenge

Wow thank you so much to the Young Leaders at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Secondary school in Reading  who have completed a 24 hour “Give it Up” Challenge for the Lent appeal. They gave up something or did something extra every hour for 24 hours to raise awareness of those less fortunate than themselves.

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What an amazing group of young people – thank you so much !

Thank You So Much for Coming to a Lent Fast Day Briefing.

Parish volunteers in Reading.

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.

Marian's Family

Marian’s Family

“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

Wednesday 14 February 7.30pm – 8.30pm To register for this online briefing click on this link

Saturday 17 February 11am – 12pm To register for this online briefing click on this link


Many Thanks to Margaret for being a CAFOD Parish Volunteer for 27 Years

Margaret Chaplin receiving her medal.

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

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?