Everything you need for Family Fast Day on 23 February!

We’ve got everything you need for a Family Fast Day on 23 February.

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CAFOD Westminster Volunteers getting ready for Family Fast Day talks in their parishes

Find materials for your parish display, prayers for quiet contemplation, and Lenten inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Want to learn all about the people you are supporting this Lent?
    Watch and share Marian’s video
  2. Planning a CAFOD Family Fast day?
    Download our parish poster
  3. Going to speak at Mass?
    Use our Family Fast Day short talk
  4. Planning to focus on prayer and reflection this Lent?
    Use our Lent calendar for daily prayers and reflections
  5. Organising a soup lunch in your parish?
    Download our soup lunch poster and our guide
  6. In need of inspiration for your Lent fundraising?
    Use our A-Z guide
  7. Not sure what to give up this Lent?
    Take our quiz!

Miss a Meal this Family Fast Day and Help Children like Svondo

‘I had no strength and no power in my body. I was shivering like someone with malaria. And I thought, if I’m feeling hungry, what about my children? It must be worse for them.’

Marian from Zimbabwe is happy to see her children grow healthy and strong, thanks to a community vegetable garden. Please fast, give, and pray for Marian this CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day

Marian from Zimbabwe is happy to see her children grow healthy and strong, thanks to a community vegetable garden. Please fast, give, and pray for Marian this CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day

Marian lives in rural Zimbabwe and has had to miss countless meals. She recalls the impact hunger had on her son who was seven at the time.

‘There were times when I had to leave Tawanda in the morning to find work. I’d come back in the afternoon and I’d find him still sitting in the same place. He hadn’t played, or even walked. It was very painful to see him like that.

Our CAFOD Partners, the local Catholic diocese where Marian lives, heard about the struggles the family were facing and they decided to help. After advice and support, Marian and 46 other families enjoy the blessings of a community vegetable garden.

Marian has another child, Svondo. ‘Svondo was just a baby when the vegetable garden started properly. We had a variety of vegetables, a variety of fruit. He is healthier than Tawanda.’

Parishioners across the Westminster Diocese have helped make this change thanks to your generous support. Could you choose to miss a meal this Family Fast Day, to pray and to give generously? Could you help arrange a simple lunch in your parish or school, bringing you community together in solidarity and support?

This Lent your donations to our Family Fast Day Appeal will be matched by the UK Government. This means that your donations will be doubled, up to a total of £5 million giving us the ability to reach far more families like Marian’s and help many more children grow up healthy and strong.

Family Fast Day is on Friday 23 February.

Maureen Mogg CAFOD Volunteer Speaking at Mass Lent 2018

Maureen Mogg CAFOD Volunteer Speaking at Mass Lent 2018

Perhaps you can get involved in promoting the Fast Day in your Parish?

CAFOD Volunteer, Maureen pictured will be delivering a CAFOD talk at masses in her parish weekend before, Lent Family Fast Day on 17 & 18 February, and distributing CAFOD envelopes at all Masses.

Others such as Joe and Mary also pictured have been involved in Parish Soup Lunches in aid of CAFOD on the actual Fast day.

Please can you all support the CAFOD parish collection will take place on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February across the Diocese.

Please click here to find out more or to download resources.

Thank you all for your generous support.

CAFOD Westminster Memorial Mass 2017

Thoughts from Sister Carmel Ring, office volunteer.

It was with a feeling of great joy that I came away from the CAFOD special Mass of Remembrance, celebrated annually for our deceased members of staff, volunteers, supporters and their families and friends.  

Group With Westminster Memorial Book

Group With Westminster Memorial Book

Father Sebastian, the Provincial Superior of the Chemin Neuf Community officiated.  We were very touched when in his homily on the talents he compared the CAFOD workers to the faithful and wise servants who invested the talents entrusted to them in the service of their master, for that is what CAFOD members do, by devoting their time and talents to the betterment of their less privileged brothers and sisters in the developing world.              Continue reading