Fifty Years of Fast Day – Lent 2010

In 1960, four women were moved by a story of children dying on the Caribbean island of Dominica because of a lack of basic health care.

They felt called to act and decided to raise much needed funds for a mother and baby health programme.

They rallied support from members of the Catholic Women’s League and the Union of Catholic Mothers and organised a national family fast day, sponsored by the National Board of Catholic Women.

Their target was £500 but they actually raised over £6,000 – which equates to about £100,000 in today’s money.

This first fast day really marks the start of the work of CAFOD and we aim to make 2010 a bumper year for Fast Day involvement and fundraising.

We will be refreshing up the way we celebrate Fast Day, with new style materials, an opportunity to focus on Lent as a whole, not just on one collection on one day, and ideas to involve more people than before.

In order to explain more we are holding a series of briefings across the diocese during the autumn. You will have the opportunity ro explore the materials and the ideas and see how you can get involved as an individual or with your parish, group or school.

Please come along to whatever date or venue is convenient for you (bring a friend too!)…

Monday 12th October – The Good Shepherd, Arnold, Nottingham

Tuesday 13th October  – Sacred Heart, Loughborough

Wednesday 14th October – St George’s, Derby

Tuesday 20th October – Our Lady of Lincoln, Lincoln

Tuesday 27th October – Sts Peter and Paul, Earl Shilton

All briefings will run from 7:30pm – 9:30 om – tea and coffee provided.

Please contact the office if you are interested in attending (01664 424 346 or email

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