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 very much enjoyed my visit to the parish of Sacred Heart in Carlton/Sneinton this weekend. As well as speaking about the theme of this year’s CAFOD Family Fast Day,
Sacred Heart, Carlton
I was also thanking the parish for their wonderful generosity over the years; not only their consistent support at Fast Days but also in responding to emergency appeals.
The parish is also getting involved with our new CAFOD HandsOn project. This 3 year project focuses on the work of our parnters in Magdalena Medio in Colombia. Over the next three years they will follow this community as they transform their lives, through peace building activities. The parish will receive regular project updates from Colombia, so they will always see how the money raised by the parish 300 Club is making a difference. The project will begin by running peace building workshops in 34 schools, teaching young people how to avoid a life of violence. They will be taught how to share all they have learnt with their families and neighbours.
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