Ash Wednesday – 6 March – marked the beginning of Lent. Catholics around the world give up some of their favourite things, and others fast.
At the CAFOD office here in Wonersh we used the day to mark the start of our Lent appeal, aimed at helping some of the world’s poorest people break free from poverty and injustice – and you can help.
By eating a simple meal of bread and soup on Friday 15 March, Lent Family Fast Day and by donating the money you save to CAFOD,you can help families like Mahinur in Bangladesh. It’s hard to believe such a simple act can help to transform a life, but your donation will provide communities with chickens, ducks and hardy seeds that will not be defeated by drought or salty floodwaters.
This Lent, please help us to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers around the world. Your support really will help ensure no one is beyond reach of the love and care they need to flourish. You will be given CAFOD envelopes for your donation from your parish and if you are a tax payer please complete the gift aid form; or you can donate online.
On Saturday 9 March the amazing Pink Floyd tribute band ‘Any Colour You Like’ appeared at St James’ Church in Weybridge for the Doug Lipinski Memorial Charity concert in aid of CAFOD and Nordoff Robbins Music therapy. The concert which was a joint promotion by Julian Lewry Music and Keith Elford (Music at St James) was attended by over 100 people and £650 was raised for CAFOD.
‘Any Colour You Like’ is an 11 piece tribute band playing the hits of Pink Floyd. The band is self-funded and plays for charitable organisations and has raised thousands of pounds for a variety of charities over the years. It was a fantastic sound and visual show with stunning tracks from the ‘Darkside of the Moon’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’ albums being superbly played in a beautiful venue.
CAFOD would like to thank Julian Lewry, Keith Elford, the Pink Floyd tribute band ‘Any Colour You Like’, the organisers at St James’ Church and all the supporters for raising £650 for CAFOD. What a magnificent effort!
On 2 and 3 March St Edmund’s Parish in Godalming held a roving cake sale in aid of CAFOD Lent fast day and Kasanka (parish in Zambia that we are twined with run by the FMDM sisters from Ladywell).The cake sale started off at St Edmund’s Church in Godalming for the Saturday evening Mass and then left over cakes were brought by Fr David to St John’s Church in Farncombe for the 8:45 am Mass and finally the rest were taken to St Joseph’s in Milford for the 10:15 am Mass .
An amazing £300 was raised and will be split between CAFOD and Kasanka.
Mary Waight Chair of the J&P group said, “It was a great parish effort and many thanks to all the parishioners who made cakes and filled the tables at each Mass and special thanks to our young people for selling the cakes .”
Jo Lewry CPC Portsmouth
CAFOD A&B would like to thank Mary Waight, Jo Lewry and all those that supported this wonderful parish effort and importantly in raising £300. What a fantastic start to the Lent Fund raising.
For further ideas about how your parish could fundraise, look here.
For information on how to organise an event look here.