Parishioners from all over the Diocese have been getting involved in raising money for the Lent appeal. I caught up with one parish and learnt how their fundraising is going to enable access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene programmes to over 300,000 people in Uganda, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Parishioners from St. Joseph’s Church, Burntwood are holding soup and bread lunches after Mass every Friday during Lent to raise funds clean and safe water across the world. In an added boost, all the money raised by St. Joseph’s to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal will be doubled by the UK Government’s Department for International Development up until May.
Parishioner Mary Kane said:
“We have a 12 noon Mass each Friday in Lent, followed by a simple lunch of homemade soup which is prepared by group members, with bread, butter, and water to drink. Our soups are legendary, including a broccoli and stilton soup made by our German parishioner, Ulrike.
“The lunches are attended by about 25 parishioners. It’s a very social event, starting with prayers as we remember people living in poverty throughout the world. Our parish priest Fr Paul Haines is very supportive of CAFOD.”
CAFOD’s representative in Birmingham, Julia Hood, said:
“Lent Fast Days are such a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others, and so we’re very grateful to St. Joseph’s for holding the soup lunches. I’m delighted that the UK Government is matching CAFOD’s work for the third time, as this proves how important these initiatives are for people all over the world.
“Lent is a time when we look to make a transformation in our own lives. In making this transformation, we aim to see one in the world around us. We therefore put our faith into action by ensuring as many people as possible have access to the basic right of safe and clean drinking water.”
Donate to the Lent Appeal: cafod.org.uk