Enlightening talk about our work in Bangladesh at Lent Meeting in Reading.

Parish volunteers

Parish volunteers

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our Lent fast day meeting in Reading last night it was great to see you all. Many thanks to Christ the King Church for hosting  and to Mike Terney our parish volunteer there for organising the meeting .

Sally Kitchener

Sally Kitchener

Also thank you to Sally Kitchener our content writer for giving such an interesting and engaging talk about Mahinur who lives in Bangladesh and the difficulties she faces.  Mahinur relies on fishing to feed her disabled husband and son but last year a drought killed all the fish in the river and now she is struggling to put food on the table.  There is no happy ending to this story yet as this is the situation Mahinur faces today and she needs our help.

Mahinur

Mahinur

So this Lent please support our Lent family fast day on Friday 15th March by having a simple meal or giving up a treat and donate the money you save to support families like Mahinur who are in need of help.

Inspiring talk on Peru at Lent Meeting in the Isle of Wight

Parish volunteers & Fr Jonathan

Parish volunteers & Fr Jonathan

It was lovely to meet parish volunteers from the Isle of Wight at our  Lent fast day planning meeting on Saturday 16th Feb at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes. Many thanks to Geraldine Heath our Volunteer Area Coordinator for the Isle of Wight for organising the meeting and thanks to Fr Jonathan and St Thomas of Canterbury for hosting the meeting.

Jess Michelmore

Jess Michelmore

Jess Michelmore, our Communications Officer for Latin America gave an inspiring talk about our work in Peru, and the Warmi Huasi project in Lima which provides safe places for children to play and learn. One person commented that her talk gave “genuine in site to CAFOD projects” and that hearing first hand about how their donations make a difference is so useful.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting.

We have more Lent fast day meetings this week so do come along.

18 February Christ the King, Reading 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Sally Kitchener from the communications team will be speaking about her recent visit to  CAFOD projects in Bangladesh.

21 February St Margaret Mary, Park Gate 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Maureen Thompson will be speaking about her recent trip to COP24 UN Climate Summit and CAFOD’s Climate Change Campaign

23 February St Bede’s, Basingstoke 10:30am to 1pm. At this meeting Helene Lavaud HR adviser for CAFOD will be speaking about her recent trip to Eastern Congo and CAFOD’s work caring for child soldiers.

5 March St Joseph, Newbury 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Kezia Harrow our Step into the Gap volunteer will talk about her recent trip to visit CAFOD projects in the Holy Land.

Please book your place by emailing portsmouth@cafod. org.uk  or call 01252 329385

School Volunteers gather to “Give it Up” for Lent.

School volunteers

School volunteers

On Wednesday 23rd January school volunteers from Portsmouth and Clifton dioceses gathered together at St John the Baptist church in Andover to explore the Lent fast day school  resources. The day began with a reflection on CAFOD’s new ambition ” no one beyond reach” and then the volunteers discussed the resources for the Lent fast day assembly. In the afternoon they explored our new secondary workshop on  Mission , Discipleship and Vocation.

Exploring the Lent resources

Exploring the Lent resources

Many thanks to all our school volunteers who give up their time to visit primary and secondary schools in the Portsmouth diocese. We would love to have more school volunteers especially in the Portsmouth area and in Guernsey . So if you are a good communicator, have some free time during the week and would like to inspire young people to make a difference then email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or call 01252 329385 for more information. Full training and support are provided.