So after my visit to St Hugh’s in Lincoln, I traveled south to Sleaford. My first stop the parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel to meet up with Parish Volunteer Barbara and her husband Mike. A group of about 15 people were gathered for coffee after the morning Mass.
After brief introductions it was my opportunity to thank the parish for their continued and steadfast support – from our database records which go back to 1990 they have donated an amazing £60,275.13! Something to celebrate! They have consistently raised funds at Fast Days and also responded to Emergency Appeals. As well as sharing about this Family Fast Day I was also able to recount stories from Livison Chipatiso, our Programme Officer in Zimbabwe who I had accompanied the previous week. For lunch, we joined the Churches Together in Sleaford for their Lenten Soup lunch at the local Anglican church, which will be hosted by Our Lady’s next Monday.
Then it was over to Our Lady of Good Counsel School. I was immediately struck by the display in the entrance. A beautiful tree with home made Romero Crosses hanging from it.
It was lovely to then be able to tell the students that Bishop Patrick had recently returned from El Salvador and had visited the crypt of Blessed Oscar Romero. A real link between school, diocese, CAFOD and our partners overseas.
Once the whole school was assembled it was my second opportunity of the day to share with our students the theme of this year’s Family Fast Day and encourage them with their #giveitupchallenge. Every student would be taking home a pledge for them to sign, having given some thought to what they were going to give up and how much they hoped to raise for CAFOD.
Again the atmosphere in the school was warm and welcoming, eager to take an active part in the assembly and keen to answer questions, though maybe not so keen to be in the photo!
As mentioned in my previous post, I find it so inspiring and uplifting to visit our Diocesan schools but that is not my job – mine is to recruit more school volunteers to add to our growing team! So if you want to be inspired and uplifted and have an opportunity to nourish our young minds, please do get in touch!