Another welcome visit to English Martyr’s Primary School in Long Eaton. I always enjoy my visit here as it is where my children went and where my granddaughter Leila now goes.
Mrs McElhone and the Chaplaincy team have organised a week for CAFOD and I was invited to take part in the #Giveitup assembly on Monday afternoon. This year the chaplaincy team have chosen CAFOD as their charity so as well as informing the whole school about CAFOD’s work they are having a ‘Coffee & Croissant’ breakfast for parents on Wednesday morning and on Friday, Family Fast Day, the children can make a small donation and wear green and white that day!
A lovely prayer focus had been prepared and once the children had filled the hall I began and introduced them to Rabiul and his mother, Mahinur
Rabiul and his family rely on fish in the river for food. Mahinur goes fishing in the river with her net. But last year there was a drought caused by climate change. The river dried up but now the water has returned. There should be fish in the river as it is the right time of year. But this year she hasn’t yet caught any fish.
I am always surprised when Lent comes around? Again? So soon? Has it really been a year? What did (or didn’t) I do last year? This year will be better. I will be more committed. Really, I will!
We are blessed in that there are many resources and ideas and suggestions to help us and sustain us during this important Season in the Church’s year. When I visited Grimsby last week Fr Andrew told me the parish is having a Lenten Book Club, this year based on the novel Les Miserables
This morning I had the pleasure of joining Fr Peter and Fr Robert, along with some parishioners at the Wednesday morning Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Ashby de la Zouch. Today’s Mass was being said for Margaret, long standing parishioner and member of the CAFOD group who meet after Mass to raise funds each year and donate the money by buying a World Gift.
Sadly Margaret passed away on Christmas Day and I was invited to meet the group and receive a cheque for £750, being donated in Margaret’s memory and buying a Community Water Supply. This fantastic charity gift can help a community establish their own supply of clean, safe water by providing the materials and training to build and maintain hand pumps and water tanks.
I also learnt that Margaret had remembered CAFOD in her Will. Her passion and generosity for the poor will continue as a legacy in her name. Thank you Margaret