St Augustine Daventry share nibbles to get the message across at Lent

CAFOD’s Family Fast Day appeal this Lent focuses on the work our partners are doing to fight hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe such as providing seeds, fencing and farming training for families and communities so that they can become self-sufficient.

The great news is that the UK government has agreed to double donations received between 13 February and 12 May 2018 up to a total of £5 million.

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Nibbles handed out to only some parishioners

Our parishes and schools up and down the country have been busy fundraising and St Augustine’s in Daventry is no exception. The Parish ‘Sacred Heart’ Youth Group decided to do something different this Lent Fast Day.   As the parishioners arrived, small packs of biscuits and nibbles were handed out, but only to less than half of the congregation symbolising our brothers and sisters who have enough to eat with those who didn’t receive anything – those who go hungry.


Youth group at St Augustine Daventry give the CAFOD Fast Day talk



The youth group then made an appeal at the Sunday Mass.   At the end of the talk, everyone was invited to go to the Church Hall for a cup of tea or coffee after Mass.  The  ‘select few’  who received the biscuits and nibbles were particularly encouraged to join in…  and share their snacks with everyone!  Which was a wonderful demonstration of how we who have want to and are reaching out to help our brothers and sisters in need.


The appeal generated a total of £ 881.21.  When doubled by the UK government and with Gift Aid, this could be worth a whooping £1982.73!   An excellent result all round. Well done St Augustine and particularly to the Youth group for such a fresh way of getting the message across!

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Lent Soup Lunch at Princes Risborough

Many parishes across the diocese are holding soup lunches in Lent to support CAFOD’s work and St Teresa – Princes Risborough is no exception.  In fact,  they are holding soup lunches most Friday’s in Lent to raise funds for CAFOD and the UK government will double all funds up to £5m.

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Preparing for CAFOD Lenten soup lunch

Marie Pennell getting the soup ready

We had really lovely soups to choose from – Beetroot & apple, carrot & coriander and Spiced parsnips – all made by the parishioners.  Over 18 people supported the soup lunch.  The sign up sheet to make soup has been filled!

Lent Soup lunch – St Teresa Princes Risborough

Marie Pennell (parish volunteer) said, “We are really pleased with the turn out and delighted to have Debbie Purfield deliver a talk about CAFOD’s work so that those who don’t normally get a chance to attend the Supporters’ day can hear about the wonderful work their donations are contributing to.”

It was good to see familiar faces and new ones too. The first soup lunch has raised over £90 which will be doubled by the UK government.  Tax payers were encouraged to Gift Aid their donations which saw an increase of 25% in their donations.  Fabulous!

Debbie Purfield shares how donations are spent


Polly (CAFOD group member) summed it up by saying “It drew out the essence of Lent.  Those preparing soup and those who showed up to support the event were all giving, fasting and praying.   Giving of their time, money, talent.  Fasting by having a simple meal and building community.  Praying – some attended mass before the lunch and we had communal prayers.  Hearing how we, CAFOD, have made a difference was wonderful.”



Thank you to St Teresa and all the parishes who have been carrying out various activities over Lent to Support CAFOD’s work to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.

>>  Donate to our Lenten Appeal and have your donations doubled by the Uk government.

St Martin de Porres Luton putting their faith into action this Lent 2018

On Tuesday 30 January, Clive Gallagher, CAFOD’s schools’ volunteer, visited St. Martin de Porres Primary in Luton to introduce the CAFOD Lenten “Give it Up” challenge. He did workshops with the two year 5 classes as well as assemblies with both Key Stages.

St Martin de Porres Luton KS1 hear about CAFOD’s work

The children were delighted to learn that for this Lent, the UK government will match pound for pound up to £5m.  They were keen to play their part and couldn’t wait to kick off their fundraising.  They began to bring in their silver coin donations before Lent even began!

Year 2 children wrote some of their thoughts and what they would do:

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They have since created a display to encourage the rest of the school to “Give it Up” for CAFOD this Lent.

St Martin de Porres Luton Yr 2 display

The Year 5s are busy organising an activity day for the rest of the school to raise money and Year 6 will be taking part in Family Fast Day by giving up their school dinner for a soup and bread roll lunch, with proceeds going to the CAFOD.  All want to help people like Marian and her son Svondo

Thank you St Martin de Porres for your support, enthusiasm and being a wonderful example of how we can put our faith into action. We look forward to hearing how you get on over Lent.

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