It was great to welcome Niamh to the volunteer centre today. As well as making time to do some of her admin work we were able to visit the Poor Clare community next door. After I had taken the Sisters through the CAFOD Quiz, Niamh then spoke about her visit to our partners in Uganda earlier this year.
The Sisters were really receptive and engaging, asking lots of questions about the work of CAFOD; how can we get involved, they asked? Sr Juliana put it in such a lovely way; who can we tuck under our arm and carry in prayer. They have requested details of 17 of our CAFOD programmes, one for each Sister to ‘adopt’ and pray for.
St Anezka was really interested to hear about Niamh’s love of music and her going to study songwriting in September. She called in afterwards to give Niamh a CD of one her favourite New Zealand singer/songwriters, Brooke Fraser.
Apparently they are quite a musical community next door!
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.
Last Friday morning I left home nice and early to travel north and then east to visit the furthest outreach of the Diocese, North East Lincolnshire! There was a very warm welcome from St Mary’s Primary school in Grimsby.
St Mary’s School, Grimsby
Lovely displays of artwork and written work around the school. And thanks to some of the chaplaincy team for getting in the photo! The CAFOD BrightenUp Assembly was made even brighter by the children of Lisieux House who were all dressed in yellow! It was lovely to share in the news of the recent fantastic achievements of the basketball and tag rugby teams who performed brilliantly in local tournaments. Harvest Fast Day will be celebrated next Friday 5 October which will include donations of food for the local food bank. Since the current Year 6 have started the school has donated nearly £4000 to CAFOD with most of their fundraising done during Lent so some of it will have been doubled due to UKAid match funding. Well done everyone. It was lovely to visit you all. If any parents/grandparents are interested in supporting your school putting their Faith in Action, join us as a school volunteer. You won’t regret it!!
Wearing my Brighten Up shoes while soaking in the sun
After an opportunity to soak up some sun on Cleethorpes Prom I then visited St Joseph’s School in Cleethorpes. Again I led the CAFOD BrightenUp assembly for Harvest Fast Day. I had met the head Mrs Pollard and some other staff and students when we took part in the Humber Bridge Cross in May. So it was great to meet up again. The children are also combining Fast Day with supporting the local food bank as well as fundraising for CAFOD. What great mission in caring for their local and global neighbours! It was also a very full Good Work Assembly with lots of awards and trophies being given out for attendance, writing and personal achievements. A very expressive and detailed report from the young girl who got a swimming certificate! Great singing, a stunning window, lovely displays of work and a very inviting library! Thank you all at St Joseph’s and I look forward to seeing your Harvest Fast Day photos from your assembly and fundraising tomorrow!
St Joseph’s School, Cleethorpes
Again, an invitation to consider becoming a CAFOD school volunteer! A great opportunity to support your school putting their Faith into Action!