I was delighted to be invited to St Peter’s Church in Winchester on Sunday to present a papal blessing to Eric Smith to thank him for volunteering for CAFOD for over twenty-five years. Eric had been a member of St Peter & the Winchester Martyrs’ parish for over 40 years and he started volunteering for CAFOD in 1991. He became involved in a project to collect 5ps during Advent and Lent using CAFOD pyramid boxes. He is so well-known for collecting 5ps that people even stop him in the street to give him their spare 5ps. He reckons that he has raised over £25,000 so far. Which is a fantastic amount!
As a CAFOD parish volunteer Eric promotes the Harvest and Lent fast days each year and he regularly support the monthly hunger lunches held at St Peter’s.
Eric Smith with Fr Mark Hogan
Eric was thrilled with the papal blessing and told me that he was just using the talents that God had given him to help others. He wanted to thank all those who had supported him over the years especially Lynda and Laura from the CAFOD Portsmouth office. His dream would be everyone in England collecting their 5ps and donating them to CAFOD!
Thank you so much Eric for all you have done for CAFOD over the years and for your love and concern for your brothers and sisters living in poverty overseas.
Harvest briefing at St Stephen’s Winchester
Many thanks to all those who despite the M3 being closed were able to attend our last Harvest briefing meeting at St Stephen’s church in Winchester on Saturday. At the meeting we heard about how CAFOD’s partner Solidarity CVX has worked with farmers like Edelmira and helped them to become self-sufficient. Edelmira and her husband Martir have learnt different farming techniques such as crop diversification, organic fertilizing and keeping chickens which have help them to feed their family.
Many thanks to Steve and Beth Taylor our CAFOD parish volunteers in Winchester for organising the meeting and to St Stephen’s for hosting the meeting.
Please help us this Harvest fast day to support farmers like Edelmira, to grow enough for themselves and their families.
Edelmira and her family.
Make a date in your diaries for the Portsmouth Diocese Care of Our Common Home Conference on 12 November 9.30 for 10.00am until 3.30pm at The Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester. The conference aims to provide a
meeting place where the views of different faiths on the care of our planet can be
presented and discussed – and Father Augusto Zampini (CAFOD’s Theological Adviser) will be one of the key speakers! Continue reading