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.

EVENT: 45 days to CAFOD Family Fast Day 23 February

Join us to find out more on Saturday 20 January.

Lent Fast Day 2018

Lent Fast Day 2018

Please come and join us at our Lent family fast day briefing on Saturday 20 January to hear a first- hand account about our work in Zimbabwe and how we are helping children like Svondo have enough healthy food to eat, and therefore prevent malnutrition.

You will also hear the exciting news that the government have agreed to match any fundraising for the family fast day appeal up to £5 million, so we need to ensure that every parish in the diocese is aware of how important their support is. So please come and hear more about this project and help us to raise £5 million.

Our Lent briefing will take place on Saturday 20 January from 10am – 12.30pm at St Mary Moorfields, Parish Centre, in the basement, 4-5 Eldon Street, London, EC2M 7LS. Continue reading

Talk on “Living Doors of Mercy in Zimbabwe” on 26 April 2016 in Harrow

CAFOD’s Susan Kambalu will share some reflections on how the corporal acts of mercy are being lived out in communities through the support of CAFOD partners.

CAFOD volunteers with Susan in Zimbabwe

CAFOD volunteers with Susan in Zimbabwe

Susan recently accompanied four young CAFOD Volunteers to personally witness CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe.

All are welcome to the talk at the Parish of Our Lady & St Thomas of Canterbury, 22 Roxborough Park, HARROW, HA1 3BE.

There will also be an opportunity to meet with CAFOD volunteers from neighbouring parishes in the Harrow and Brent Deaneries with a view to supporting each other.

Refreshments and sandwiches from 7pm. The talk will start at 7.30pm

Find out more about the Year of Mercy

For further information contact the CAFOD Westminster office on 020 8449 6970 or email westminster@cafod.org.uk