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
  • St John the Evangelist, Tadworth
  • The Nativity of the Lord, Redhill
  • St Theresa of Lisieux, Southwick

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.


Quizzing the night away in St Edmund’s Parish Godalming

Almost Jason - the winning team

Almost Jason – the winning team

Last Saturday St Edmund’s parish Godalming held their annual quiz night in aid of CAFOD organised by the St Edmund’s J&P group. The event was sold out with 9 teams taking part and raised an amazing £820 which will be split equally between Harvest fast day and Rohingya Crisis appeal.

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A Big Old Barn Dance

In Full Swing - The Cobham Barndance

In Full Swing – The Cobham Barn Dance

The parish of Cobham have outdone themselves once again by organising a big barn dance in aid of CAFOD. The parish group are used to organising race nights and barbecues but have now turned their hands and feet to dancing.

The dance, which raised £240 for CAFOD was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.

Martin from CAFOD A&B said ‘I wasn’t able to go to this event but I remember other barn dances I’ve been to. They were so much fun, such good exercise and a great way to socialise. It’s nice to think that in raising money for CAFOD people had such a good time and spent time building their parish communities.’

Local Parish Volunteer, Jackie, said that the evening was ‘great fun’

Our thanks go to the Parish of Sacred Heart, Cobham and all those who made the evening a special event.

If you would like help in organising your own social event for CAFOD, then please do get in touch or see our events guides.