Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

The first Family Fast Day took place on 11 March 1960, when a group of Catholic women came together to raise funds for a mother and baby clinic in Dominica. They did this by eating a simple meal together, asking others to do the same, and then to donate what they had saved.

 

It was from this very first Family Fast Day and the incredible efforts of these women that CAFOD was born. Today, Family Fast day is every bit as important now as it was in 1960. The focus of this Lent’s Family Fast Day is on Bangladesh, and the story of Mahinur, struggling to feed her family in the face of increasing impact of climate change.

 

Mahinur has been noticing changes in the weather for a while now, but last March was the first time the river had ever run dry. The drought was so severe, Mahinur simply walked across the riverbed. The water has since returned to the river. But the fish haven’t. There are people like Mahinur that CAFOD haven't been able to support, simply because there isn’t enough money to go around.

 

Despite the reach of the Catholic community across the world and also the consistent support for CAFOD across the country, there are many calls on the resources of CAFOD and the wider Caritas network that simply cannot be met.

 

Help to change lives this Lent. Your donation can help mothers like Mahinur to overcome the impact of climate change on her home, and enable CAFOD to reach out to more families in desperate need of help.

 

There are other ways CAFOD can help us with our Lenten preparation. Next Friday, 15th March, we will be using CAFOD reflections for a special stations of the cross (7.30 in the evening). This will contemplate the sufferings of our brothers and sisters who are facing warfare, extreme poverty, famine or persecution. Our Lenten Hunger Lunch will be later than usual, on Saturday 6th April, so please make a note of this date in your diaries. And there are many other resources on the web-site, including a Lent calendar with daily reflections. Also, for those of you so inclined, they have a presence on all the usual social media!