Harvest Fast Day is Friday, 6 October 2017
We are grateful to the wonder number of Volunteers and Supporters who are involved in promoting many harvest events in the East Anglia Diocese.
“Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who took the time to speak during Mass on Sunday”, said Jane Crone – Community Participation Coordinator – from CAFOD East Anglia.
Harvest Fast Day on Friday 6th October is the time when we will reflect on God’s abundance and share it with our neighbours. We’ll be handing out collection envelopes on Sunday 8th. One half is for the Fast Day collection and the other half of the envelope is for anyone who can make a regular donation to CAFOD. We’ll be collecting them after Mass next Sunday.
From CAFOD East Anglia also invited to anyone to pray with our sisters and brothers in El Salvador. If you would like to read and pray the Romero prayer you can find the prayer cards here.
In keeping with CAFOD’s tradition of seeing the narrative of the way of the cross echoed in those who fall and thirst because of poverty and injustice, work in parallel with Christ’s journey through crucifixion. This year they draw on the experience of people CAFOD’s partners are working with in Zambia.
Here is a booklet containing the Stations of the Cross (click here)
A powerpoint and service sheets that accompany these Stations of the Cross are available from the prayer resources section of our website.
Bishop Alan Hopes, on behalf of CAFOD, presented the Cathedral of St John the Baptist with a battered wooden cross made from the remains of a boat shipwrecked in the Mediterranean Sea. The cross was made by the carpenter of Lampedusa where those who escaped the wreckage had managed to find safety.
These were not the first refugees to wash ashore on that tiny Italian island, but they were welcomed, clothed, fed and sheltered. Meeting these people at the back of church, hearing their story, as they spoke of fleeing the persecuting in Eritria, the carpenter wondered what he could do. Walking along the shore, he picked up the splintered wood of their boat, fashioned it into a simple cross, and gave it to these survivors – a symbol of shared belief and hope of a better tomorrow.
This cross, made by that same carpenter, Frederico Tuccio, hangs in the centre of the Cathedral on the North West corner under the tower, close to the Holy Door and the chapel of Walsingham, where its sister cross resides at the National Shrine of Our Lady.
CAFOD has written a simple seven-stage journey for pilgrims around the Cathedral, enabling them to reflect on the experience of others making their own journey, as refugees seeking a better tomorrow; seeking welcome among strangers. Continue reading