Preparing for Family Fast Day in NE Lincs: Part 2

As well as visiting the two wonderful schools I was given the opportunity to speak at all 4 masses. However before that I joined in the Macmillan coffee morning that was organised by Siobhan and held in the parish hall at Corpus Christi.

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Margaret & Bryony, Macmillan Remembrance Tree, Cleethorpes

A wonderful turnout by the parish and local community and an amazing display of cakes! I also put a leaf with my Mum’s name on the Tree of Remembrance.  The opportunity to chat to parishioners was very welcome and I began gathering my stories of the legacy of CAFOD in the parish of Holy Trinity.  Win, a great grandmother herself now, told me about her mum Elsie who, if she had any winnings from her family card games put them in the CAFOD box.  Margaret told me of her husband Brian who had set up a second-hand book stall at St. Pius and had raised over £5k for the community in Puentecitos, El Salvador.  I met Teresa again, who I first encountered when I was Justice & Peace worker back in 2001 who is still a member of the ecumenical J&P group.  Andthen I chatted with Bryony.

Donate to CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day

Before becoming a full time Port Chaplain, Bryony had volunteered with the Apostleship of the Sea for 4 years.  She told me of a recent crew member she had met on board one of the many ships that come into Immingham port. HT1From the Philippines, for 5 days he didn’t know if his family had survived the recent typhoon and when he finally found out they were safe it was to hear that their home had lost its  roof and many possessions lost or destroyed.  I shared with her my experiences of visiting the Philippines and that CAFOD was supporting our sister agency Caritas Philippines in responding to this recent emergency.

It is a real privilege to be able to travel around the diocese and join the community as they come together to celebrate the Eucharist. The churches in Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes all have their own unique space and identity and yet come together to be ‘part of the one body’ of the parish of Holy Trinity. HT3 It was very much appreciated that I was able to thank and affirm the parish for their amazing legacy for their support CAFOD for so many years.  Our database records go back to 1990 and in that time they have donated close to £200k to CAFOD; through Fast Day collections, responding to emergencies and the parish Connect2 scheme for El Salvador.  The challenge now is to continue that legacy and so it was good to meet the parish contacts as they plan on working together and hope to recruit to some new, younger, supporters!  But I was also reminded of the many people who support CAFOD individually and at St Mary’s on Sunday morning I was served a lovely cup of coffee by Bernadette and her daughter Lucy.  Bernadette told me of how she had started a Candlelight Fund for her mum Kathleen who died 6 years ago.  And so now we are planning to have next year’s CAFOD Memorial Mass in the parish!HT4

I enjoyed my two early morning jogs along the sand and seeing the sun rise; I was made to feel at home by Sr Ann Helen; I enjoyed delicious cake(s)! and given a very warm welcome by Fr Andrew.  So from me, a huge thank you to all in the parish and schools.  I thought I was going to serve them but I came away refreshed physically, mentally and spiritually by my time with them.

 

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day Friday October 5 2018

family fast day soupFamily Fast Day is on Friday 5 October and we offer an invitation to eat simply – perhaps by giving up a meal, or just having a bowl of soup – and make a donation to CAFOD? It could save someone’s life.

Every life around the world is precious, but I’d like to tell you about a mother in East Africa. Longora lives in Uganda – 14 hours from the capital – in a remote village that has no electricity, no gas and no hospital nearby.

The area is so hot and dry, people struggle to get enough clean water to survive. A few years ago, when Longora was in the late stages of pregnancy, she became seriously ill after drinking dirty water from a local river. She gave birth while she was still sick. Because of the water, her baby was also born seriously ill.  She said: “Ten people died from drinking river water then. My baby died too.” Africa-Kenya-Longora-Atido-and-family_opt_fullstory_small

No one can bring Longora’s baby back. Hearing from her, it is clear the loss stays with her. It was obvious her community needed clean water and – thanks to donations from people like you – CAFOD repaired the well in her village and trained local people in how to maintain it, so they can fix it if it breaks again. Now Longora and her neighbours have a reliable supply of clean, safe water.

So please support CAFOD this Harvest Family Fast Day and help change lives.

 

Family Fast Day at the Cathedral

Thanks to Liz Doona, CAFOD parish volunteer at the Cathedral and the Women of St Barnabas for organising the Family Fast Day Soup Lunch on Friday 23/2/18

Soup and sandwiches were being served and all money raised going to CAFOD.  A tombola stall was also organised with a prize every time!

Lent Family Fast Day Soup Recipes

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Over 50 people attended and the sum of £275 was raised.  As well as enjoying some lovely home made food and cakes, during the 2 hours in Cathedral Hall, I was able to give 3 brief presentations about the work of CAFOD and the work of our partners in Zimbabwe.

Fundraising for Lent Family Fast Day  

I look forward to welcoming the Women of St Barnabas to CAFOD Nottingham Volunteer Centre when the weather improves! Special thanks to my young assistant and sticker monitor!

DFID-Logo-example-1And as if by magic, this donation will be matched by the UK Government!

All donations made to CAFOD between 13/2 and 12/5, UKAid will double, to the sum of £5million