Good luck and thank you to everyone who is organising or taking part in a frugal meal or other event for Harvest Fast Day today!
The idea behind the first Fast Day was that Catholics accross the country would fast for a day, eating only a simple meal made from inexpensive ingredients in solidarity with those who do not have enough food from day to day, and donate the extra money to help those people work for a better quality of life. Here at the Church of Christ the king, Oakwood, the CAFOD Westminster team enjoyed a simple Fast Day soup lunch, with three delicious flavours of home-made soup and freshly baked bread. Thank you to Giulia, Suzanne and Jacqueline, who organised the event and made the soup, and to everyone who donated, ate with us, and joined us in solidarity with those without enough food.
Meanwhile, events have been going on throughout the diocese to mark Harvest Fast Day and to remember those without enough food. Last week, St Columba’s College, St Albans, held a frugal meal and a cake sale as part of their ‘CAFOD Week’, while the youth group at the Church of Christ the King held a carwash for CAFOD after Harvest Fast Day Mass last sunday. Parishioners at Holy Family church, Acton West, are planning a simple meal after 11am Mass on Sunday, 5. CAFOD volunteer Stefan King, who is helping to organise the event, said:
“The lunch is designed to highlight the fact that some people only live on £2.50 a day, but also a celebration that despite this severe ration, people can have a good meal!”
Thank you again to everyone who is planning an event for Harvest Fast Day, and for all those who have already held or attended one.
If you are going to be cooking a meal to mark Harvest Fast Day and need ideas for simple, nutritious and tasty meals, why not check out CAFOD’s new cookbook, Friday Suppers by Pauline Curran, with a foreward by Delia Smith? It’s full of recipes for meat-free meals, perfect for a Fast Day meal in solidarity with those living without enough to eat.