Day of Recollection – preparing for Lent 2015

31 January 2015Join us and meet parish contacts from across the diocese on Saturday 31 January from 1:30pm in the Parish Centre, Our Lady and St Etheldreda (Newmarket).

Together we can prepare for Lent and an exciting spring.

This Lent our focus will be on Burma (now called Myanmar) and this afternoon you can hear directly about the projects CAFOD supports and how the people of this country are making progress, albeit slowly, from political persecution toward democracy.

We will also look toward the coming General Election in the UK. Through a range of activities we will add our voices to those of our partners in calling for decision makers to act and increase global resilience to the worst effects of climate change.

Join us for one of the key moments this year in East Anglia >>

Chris Bain in Myanmar

Chris Bain and Bishop John Arnold with survivors of Cyclone Nargis at their new home built by CAFOD partner Caritas Myanmar. Cyclone Nargis, 2008, was the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Myanmar, around a quarter of the population of Nyaung Lein Gone lost their lives and many houses were destroyed.

Our Key Speaker: Chris Bain, CAFOD Director

Chris has seen the activity and achievement of CAFOD’s partners in Myanmar, having visited the country in 2012, and he will share this with us. He will also speak about the opportunities we have to develop this work in the future.

Twice a year, parish volunteers from across the diocese meet together. This is a moment of recollection, as we turn to face the coming season of Lent and we are re-energised in our parish ministry, encouraging our fellow parishioners to support their brothers and sisters around the world through prayer, action and donations.

In a change to our normal format, we have moved to a Saturday afternoon, to enable more people to participate. Our afternoon concludes in time for us to join parishioners of Our Lady and St Etheldreda for their usual Sunday vigil Mass – this is optional and you may wish to use this time to return to your own parishes.

Our programme for the day:

1:30pm Arrivals
1:50pm Welcome and introductions
2:10pm From Burma to Myanmar
3:00pm Preparing for Lent
3:50pm Tea and Coffee
4:10pm One Climate, One World
5:00pm Wrap up and questions
5:30pm Preparing for Mass
6:30pm Vigil Mass

Register your interest in this event here >>

Venue: The Parish Centre, Our Lady and St Etheldreda (Newmarket)


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