Fr Nicholas, Parish Priest – St Anthony (Slough), very kindly invited CAFOD at Harvest 2016 to give a talk. In the talk, I asked for volunteers and was delighted that several people from the various masses came forward. We met on Sunday 15 January after mass to see how each could support CAFOD’s work in the parish especially over Fast Days.
Six people attended, two of whom came along after Fr Nicholas so warmly invited me to say a few words again at the end of the mass that day..
The group were great in coming up with ways to promote Lent Fast day this time. They are going to ensure that there is someone to hand out envelopes at each mass (leaving pens on the pews for people to complete the Gift Aid). They already have in mind who to ask to deliver the short talk.
As the parish and school are closely linked, they came up with the idea of holding a soup lunch which will include both. Fantastic idea!
Well done to all the lovely volunteers at St Anthony’s. You are so inspiring!
Find out more about Lent Fast day, and how you can get your parish involved.
Written by Deborah Purfield – Coordinator Northampton Diocese
It was only in June 2015 when St Anthony’s had no CAFOD contact. Several months later there were three people and in Dec 2015, several more joined the group.
Stephen Colliss, one of the members said, “I feel now is the right time for me to volunteer. I really wanted to do something to help in the parish and I have a bit more time so being part of this group is ideal.”
Fr Nicholas (parish priest) is so supportive and open to new ideas and this really helps the group. There is already a date set to meet in January to discuss Lent Fast Day and to meet up with altar servers and other young people.
When passion, talent and generosity come together great things happen. Watch this space! Well done to all!