Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, visited Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles to speak to supporters and parishioners about CAFOD’s work and new ambition “No One Beyond Reach.”
With Lent starting next week, Ash Wednesday is 6 March, we’d like to invite volunteers in and around Cardiff to pop into our volunteer centre (North Chambers, Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BX) on Thursday 7 March between 11 am-12.30pm to hear more about this year’s Family Fast Day appeal.
Throughout Lent we will be sharing the experience of Mahinur who is struggling with the changing weather. Mahinur lives in Bangladesh. She makes a living from fishing but a drought last year killed all the fish in the river that she lives next to and now she’s struggling to support her disabled husband, Khalek and her twelve year old son, Rabiul.
The changing weather is devastating lives. Drought, floods and storms are having a catastrophic impact effect on some of the poorest members of our global family.
Hardest hit are vulnerable groups such as women and people with disabilities. Both groups often live in extreme poverty and are excluded from job opportunities. People with disabilities also face stigma. The lack of support and income makes it harder for vulnerable people to prepare for disasters and to recover after disaster strikes.
The most vulnerable and disaster-prone regions within Bangladesh are the south and south-west coastal areas. Mahinur is from the Patuakhali District on the wouthern coast.
Last year, your donations were match funded by the UK government and the projects started in October 2018.
“New nutrition projects in Zimbabwe, Eritrea and Zambia have begun. We’re on track to reach 239,000 people by the end of 2021!” Thank you!
This Lent your donations will help ensure that no-one is beyond the reach of the love and care they need to flourish.
Jamal, our local expert, grew up in the same region as Mahinur and is an expert in farming and fishing. He has already helped a few families her village, teaching them new farming techniques and distributing seeds, ducks and chickens. But sadly there hasn’t been enough money available yet to help Mahinur. And it’s a very sad fact that we are currently forced to turn away one in three requests for help, simply because there isn’t enough money to go around.
On Friday 15 March, can you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help us reach out to more families in desperate need of help?
Your generosity is a lifeline for women, men and children all over the world. Thank you so much!
5 ways you can get involved:
- In your parish. Pin up our eye-catching poster and use our short talk to introduce the parish to Mahimur. If you would like to have someone speak at Mass, please contact us. Get the children involved too by using our children’s liturgy and illustration for the first Sunday of Lent.
- Have a pancake party! Flip poverty on its head this Shrove Tuesday by challenging friends and family to pancake flipping competition. How many can you flip in 2 minutes? If everyone donates £2 to take part, your pancakes will make a big difference to families with nothing to eat.
- Pledge to eat soup this Family Fast Day! Have a simple soup meal and give what you save. Even better, gather a crowd and organise a soup-er fundraiser. We’ll send you a poster, guide and recipes… yummy. Here’s a recipe for a simple lentil soup.
- Prayer can move mountains. Our prayers of intercession can be used at church, with your prayer group, your family or on your own in quiet reflection. You can also order our prayer card from the CAFOD shop.
- Share our video of Mahinur on Facebook and social media. Together we can spread the message of love our global neighbours to thousands of people across England and Wales.
If you can’t make this meeting, but you want to pop into the office to know more, please get in touch with us on 02920 344882 or email us.
Over the past few weeks, many schools from across the Archdiocese of Cardiff have been taking part in CAFOD’s Brighten Up for Harvest appeal.
Sadly, due to poverty and injustice, this harvest will not be bright for millions of children and young people around the world who will miss out on food, clean water and even on going to school.
But support from our Catholic schools is helping to change this and help to make the world a brighter place for communities living in extreme poverty as they find ways to overcome their many challenges.
“Ni ddylai neb yfed dwr mor fudr a hyn” “No-one should drink water this dirty”
… was the message for our Harvest Fast Day appeal this year.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to our parishes, supporters and wonderful volunteers who attended our Fast Day briefings, helped to get our message into parish newsletters, put up posters, held a simple Soup Lunch, fasted, gave the short talk at Mass, distributed and collected the Fast Day envelopes – prayed and supported us in any way this Harvest Fast Day.
Diolch! Bydd eich rhodd yn achub bywydau
Thank you! Your gift will save lives.
Saturday 1 September Day of reflection at Ty Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey from 11 am to 4 pm. (Coffee from 10.30 am). Free event, please bring a packed lunch. We are meeting on the 4th World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – as instituted by Pope Francis.
Sunday 9 September– Share the Journey walk following Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Hereford.
Monday 17 September – Education Refresher Day in the Mostyn Room (next to St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff) 10-4 pm. Existing and potential new School volunteers explore the Family Fast Day resources.
Friday 21 September – Share the Journey walk at The Priory of Our Lady & St Michael, 10 Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD
Saturday 22 September – CAFOD Supporter Day at Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Promenade Terrace, Mumbles SA3 4DR. We have requested a speaker for the event, tbc.
Saturday 29 September – CAFOD Supporter Day at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford, following on from the Soup Kitchen (12-2) starting at 2.30-4 pm. We have requested a speaker for the event tbc.
Friday 5 October – CAFOD Family Fast Day
Saturday 6 October – Oscar Romero talk by Clare Dixon. Clare has been Head of CAFOD’s Latin America programmes for nearly 40 years – and since its inception in 2005 she has been Secretary of the Archbishop Romero Trust. Join us at The Cornerstone, Cardiff (opposite St David’s Cathedral) Time 7 pm (following Mass in the Cathedral at 5.30 pm).
14 October – Canonisation of Oscar Romero
Tuesday 16 October – CAFOD Education training Day 1 for new schools volunteers 10 am – 4 pm. The Quaker Meeting House in Cardiff (past St David’s Cathedral and the Cornerstone and keep walking). If you are interested in joining our schools volunteer team, please contact email@example.com
Wednesday 24 October – Talk by Barbara Davies on the peace process in Colombia and an update on Hands On. 12 noon at The Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3AP
Saturday 10 November – Campaign retreat day at Downside Abbey (10-4 pm). Countering Consumerism: Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate. All welcome. Book here.
Monday 12 November – Memorial Mass for the Diocese of Menevia at St David’s Priory Church, Swansea at 12.30 pm. All welcome.
Sunday 18 November – World Day of the Poor
Monday 19 November – Memorial Mass for the Cardiff Archdiocese at St Helen’s Church, Nantagarew Road, Caerphilly CF83 3FB at 7 pm. All welcome.
Tuesday 27 November – CAFOD Education Training Day 2 (10-4) in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff.
Thursday 29 November – Campaign Retreat Day of Reflection for parish and campaign volunteers – Ty Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey (11-4). Please bring a packed lunch. All welcome. Please let us know if you are able to attend. Tel: 02920 344882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our team of Education volunteers enjoyed a busy Lent and were all out and about visiting some of our Catholic schools in the diocese of Menevia and the Archdiocese of Cardiff.
We are so grateful for their experience, expertise and commitment to helping children to learn more about global issues of injustice and CAFOD’s work in over 44 countries around the world.
St Mary’s RC High school in Lugwardine is responsible for the education of around 750 pupils and is the only Catholic secondary school in the county of Herefordshire, serving the communities of Hereford, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.
Swansea parishioners have hosted a ‘family fast day’ and welcomed back a Swansea woman who spoke about her time visiting communities in Zimbabwe who will be helped by this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.
Last Friday, parishioners from Our Lady Star of the Sea in Swansea hosted a Family Fast day – a day where communities enjoy a simple meal and donate the money saved to charity- and welcomed back Gemma Salter, a local woman who now works for the international aid agency, CAFOD.
During the event, they heard Gemma speak about her experiences visiting Zimbabwe and enjoyed a simple meal to fundraise for the charity.
Gemma said: “I never pass up the chance to visit my home town! So I was delighted to be invited to speak in Swansea. But more than that, it was a chance to share some of the incredible stories I heard on my trip to Zimbabwe.”
The community’s efforts will help fund agricultural training, education and clean water projects for communities living in poverty. And, in an added boost, all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May. Continue reading