It brings to a close the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three days marking the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday. Continue reading
Ysgol Gatholig Sant Ffransis, Aberdaugleddau – St Francis Catholic School in Milford Haven played their part in turning little fish into Big Fish for CAFOD’s Lent appeal in March.
There was a wonderful display in the hall with many colourful Mr Fish and thoughtful prayers that the children had shared.
In this year’s Lenten appeal we are learning about Florence – a 41 year old widow with two children, living in Zambia. Florence wanted to learn about fish farming and received training from CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.
St Joseph’s Cathedral School in Swansea organised a day of fundraising fun for the whole school on Friday 3 March and the staff chipped in too!
A parent of one of the children was delighted to support the school’s initiatives and volunteered to help out too – by providing a wonderfully generous Fish and Chip lunch for the staff, which was delivered to the school by two brothers – Ouday and Emir Hiks, from the local chippy.
What a delicious treat and fantastic way to raise funds too!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Lent Fast Day briefings around the Archdiocese, following the visit by Sr Yvonne.
We have one briefing still outstanding – in Burry Port on Wednesday 16 March at 6 pm.
We are so grateful for your support and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to share the story behind the Lent appeal more widely.
Florence lost her husband ten years ago in a mining accident. Despite being a very hardworking mother who is devoted to her family, she struggled to put enough food on the table for her family or to send her younger children to school.
The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who have been working in her community for over 20 years, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet, so they gave her 500 tiny fish as well as the tools and the training to build a pond to farm them.
By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to send her children to school – to give them a future. And Florence is already giving back, sharing what she has with the most vulnerable in her community.
We hope that you have all found the talks, online webinar, briefings or cup of tea meetings useful – we certainly have and it has been lovely to touch base with our wonderful parish volunteers.
If you weren’t able to look join us for the online webinar – all is not lost – you can access it a shorter version here on YouTube.
We showed this powerpoint presentation in the briefings.
And there is a very useful background information sheet on Zambia too.
Lent Fast day is this Friday 10 March when we come together to make sacrifices such as eating a simple lunch or supper.
Your sacrifice and donation will support other families like Florence’s so that they too can change their lives. Just £4 will buy 100 tiny tilapia fish. £20 will proved the material to build a pond.
Finally, why is so important to consider Gift Aid? When you donate to CAFOD and fill in the Gift Aid form, you can increase the value of your gift by 25p for every £1 you give – at no extra cost to you. This extra 25 per cent makes a big difference and means that we are able to support our partners with additional funding. See our Gift Aid video to find out more and to check if you are eligible to Gift Aid your donation.
Last year alone, we raised over £2.6 million through Gift Aid donations. That extra income has transformed so many lives. Thank you.
Sr Yvonne and her community are living out Pope Francis’ call to hear the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor.
She shared her story with supporters at Nazareth House on Monday 13 February. Sr Yvonne has been working with a project called “Households in Distress” supporting some of the most vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change.
Sr Yvonne is also working with small-scale farmers, helping them to grow crops that are resistant to drought. Farmers who only maintain maize are much more susceptible to crop failure, especially as maize totally depends on the rains which are become increasingly erratic because of a changing climate.
Sr Yvonne shared the story of Florence, a widow with two children from Zambia (pictured below) who, with your help, has been able to turn tiny fish into a thriving business and a future for her family.
“Each day of my life, I look at everything – creation, people – and I say, ‘Well this is what God has created and it is good.’
It is our duty as Christians to bring back that goodness because in this world and in our country – some of the injustices, the sufferings and a lot of negative things, unfortunately take away that goodness. So for me it’s all the time trying to bring that goodness.”
If you missed Sr Yvonne’s talk or webinar, all is not lost as there is a YouTube link here
Find all our Lent Fast day resources here
Come and meet our overseas partner who is living out Pope Francis’ call to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Sr Yvonne, who works in Zambia, will be sharing the inspiring story of her work on livelihoods and how she is supporting some of the most vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change. Continue reading