A week for CAFOD at English Martyr’s, Long Eaton

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

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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.  lent

See how Mahinur fishes in the river

At the end of the assembly I asked the children what they were giving up for Lent and some were invited to write it on a fish and add to our net!



The Chaplaincy Team 


HandsOn at Sacred Heart, Carlton

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.

Sign up for HandsOn Magdalena MedioCarlton

As well as the church on Carlton Hill, the parish also meets for Mass on a Sunday morning at St Christopher’s Anglican church in Sneinton, a lovely welcoming space for welcome, worship and cakes!

So thank you Fr Joe, Fr Paul and all for making me so very welcome.

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Our Lenten Journey

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! Lenten Book Club

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

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Holy Spirit parish in West Bridgford, as part of the working to achieve the Live Simply award, have produced a Lenten Calendar, encouraging all parishioners to take part.

WB LiveSimply Lent Calendar 2019


And of course, here at CAFOD, so many brilliant resources for individuals, parishes and schools; all to encourage and motivate us in our prayer, fasting and giving.

So don’t despair!  Be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things!