Lent Briefing in Norwich with marmalade!

On the afternoon of 8th February 2018 volunteers from parishes in the Norwich Deanery were warmly welcomed to a Lent Briefing by the St George’s CAFOD group in their church hall in Norwich.

Community Participation Coordinator Jane Crone outlined the history of Family Fast Day, which was first held in Lent 1960 in response to malnutrition in Dominica. The group reflected on why we fast, pray and give. Jane described some of the work that is being done by CAFOD partners in the Catholic church in Zimbabwe to help rural families who’ve suffered from malnutrition. The group were interested to find out that through the work of CAFOD partners families have been given the opportunity to grow their own good and nutritious food.

Jane Crone said that, ‘The St George’s group have raised almost £100, 000 over the last few years through the sale of marmalade and other fundraising activities, and of course marmalade was on sale before and after the briefing.

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Pope Francis invites us to pray for DRC and South Sudan

At his weekly audience, Pope Francis invited parishioners join the World Day of Prayer and Fasting on Friday 23 February, which is our Lent Fast Day

Pope Francis motivated us to keep in our prayers the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan during the Lent Fast Day.  The Catholic Church, CAFOD and many other partners are providing a safety net for the victims of violence, giving psychological support, medical services and access to justice for rape victims.

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South Sudan have left millions of vulnerable people in need of humanitarian aid

As a partner of Caritas,  we’ve mainly been working with national Church structures at parish, diocesan and national levels in many African countries. The DRC is devastated by a civil war that killed almost four million people. Many as half a million women and girls have been victims of extreme sexual violence carried out by armed groups.

In the meantime, South Sudan is facing a major humanitarian crisis, caused by severe drought and an on-going conflict. We provide food and water to people who have been forced out of their homes by fighting, promote peace and justice, and provide education.

CAFOD-DRC staff met for a 3-day workshop

CAFOD-DRC staff met for a 3-day workshop in Democratic Republic of Congo

On Family Fast Day we will be fasting and praying not just with Catholics in England and Wales but Catholics across the entire world, and as Pope Francis suggested we are calling to everyone to pray and support our campaign in the DRC and South Sudan.

Funds raised for our Lent appeal go towards CAFOD’s general funds which resources our work in these countries.