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!
Every Wednesday during Lent the Chaplaincy team at DeLisle School in Loughborough have provided lunch at their Lenten Soup Station.
They have been raising approximately £70 every week to support this year’s CAFOD Family Fast Day #GiveItUpChallenge.
This reflects so well Bishop Patrick’s call for us all to be missionary disciples and putting our faith in action by responding to the needs of our global neighbours.
Money raised this Lent enables CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England & Wales, to continue the work we do in the many countries where we work, often alongside of CARITAS International sister agencies, ensuring that No One Is Beyond Reach.
Thank you to staff, students, parents and Chaplaincy Team for inspiring us!
On Friday I visited the parish The Church of the Assumption in Beeston. Every Friday during Lent, after the 1pm Mass, people are invited to go into the parish hall for a welcoming bowl of homemade soup and a roll. Costing only £2, all proceeds are going to CAFOD.
The team on duty this week were Jane, Ann and Diane who served very tasty leek & potato or parsnip soup; with garnishes of fresh parsley or cream. Approximately 35 people come along every week so a great amount is being raised each Lent.
The parish have done this sporadically over the years but the last 3 years it has been part of the parish calendar of fundraising. It was great to have the opportunity to thank all those involved and also to enjoy some tasty parsnip soup!
It was also good to see the active relationship between parish and English Martyr’s school, with a a very colourful noticeboard in the church hall entrance