Fasting Joyfully – The Light Lent Lunch

When we are asked to fast, we are asked to do so joyfully and always with prayer and almsgiving. Light Lenten lunches are a great way of doing this.

Many social occasions encourage us to over-indulge, but not a CAFOD Soup Lunch! Not only do these lunches raise much needed funds for CAFOD, but they also provide attendees with a healthy, low-calorie lunch in pleasant company. Just what is needed after the Christmas season!

St Edmund's Soup supper

Happy Diners at St Edmund’s

Numerous lunches have already been held across the diocese. Our thanks go to:

  • Holy Angels, Ash
  • The Crawley Parish
  • Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge
  • St Edward the Confessor, Keymer
  • St Michael’s, Worthing
  • St John’s, Farncombe
  • Our Lady of England, Storrington
  • St Clement’s, Ewell
  • St Edmund’s, Godalming
  • Sacred Heart, Hove
  • St Dunstan’s, West Hoathly

for all of their hard work in organising lunches. (If we’ve missed you out please let us know).

It would be too long an article to detail each event, but an example would be Hove where our volunteer, Heidi Worrall, organised the lunch at Sacred Heart Church.

Sacred Heart Soup Lunch
Contended Diners at Sacred Heart

Heidi told us that it was fairly quiet due illness and half term, but 20 people attended, and thoroughly enjoyed their soup. As Heidi said ‘We served 3 different types of soup, and by the end there was not a drop left!’. £162.50 was raised for CAFOD, for which we are very grateful. We will feature more events in future blogs over the next month or two. Please send us photos if you have any!

Money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.If you’ve missed out on your biannual bowl of soup, details of upcoming lunches may be found here. We look forward to seeing you! And don’t forget that the UK government is doubling all donations this Lent up to a total of £5 million.


Opportunities for Young Adults

Amplifying our work on social media

Amplifying our work on social media

We are always keen to provide opportunities for young adults to join us in our mission and support our work. Here are two exciting ways for 18-30/35s to get involved with our work (and get some excellent experience at the same time).

  • CAFOD Masterclasses

Young adults aged 18-30 are invited on a free day-long course to develop skills in one of three topics: print or digital communications, campaigning or fundraising.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by CAFOD staff who are leaders in their field.

After a day of building skills, participants will be supported to put what they’ve learned into action in support of the world’s poorest people.

The Masterclasses are offered in London. All courses run on 27 March, so you must choose only one option. Registration is open now. Expenses can be covered on a case-by-case basis.

  •  Climate Champions

    Adan from CEAS

    Adan from CAFOD’s partners in Peru, CEAS

This new international volunteer opportunity will enable young adults between 18-35 to gain new experiences, meet other volunteers from across Europe and play their part in creating a better world.

Climate champions will take part in an international workshop in summer 2018 on sustainability with other Catholic young people from across Europe.

When they return, based on their own strengths and skills, we will support them in raising awareness about climate change, sustainable living and CAFOD campaigns in their parish or community.

Applications through the website close on 5 March.

Watch a webinar on Hunger & Malnutrition in Zimbabwe by Livison our Project Leader.

If you would like to know more about our work on hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe then do listen to a webinar by Livison Chipatiso, who is CAFOD’s project leader in Zimbabwe. Livison will be sharing his first-hand experiences of the families and communities whose lives have been transformed by these essential projects.

Livison Chipatiso, Project Leader for our work in Zimbabwe featured in the Family Fast Day materials

Livison Chipatiso, Project Leader for our work in Zimbabwe featured in the Family Fast Day materials

The webinar was recorded recently so just click on the link and register to watch the recording.

To register for the webinar just click on this link