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
Jean completed her challenge of walking 10,000 steps every day for the 40 days of Lent – you may have seen the ‘thank you’ note and photo in the bulletin at Easter. Thank you to all who contributed, encouraged and supported – over £500 was raised for CAFOD’s Lent appeal. The final total was actually £580, which was well in excess of Jean’s initial target. It was heartening to receive support from a good number of parishioners – it was encouraging for Jean to receive the vocal support as well as the promises of sponsorship.
The response from parishes across the country was enormous, with schools, parish priests, families, people of all ages taking part. CAFOD have said that nearly £800,000 has been raised. The campaign literature, including the Fast Day appeal, featured Abdella, who regularly has to spend 10 hours a day walking to fetch water – he represents people in poor and remote communities across the world without ready access to clean water. The money raised will go towards CAFOD's work to end water poverty by providing equipment such as water pumps for vulnerable communities.
It has of course been another very different Lent, so it has been particularly important to keep CAFOD’s work at the forefront of our minds. Thank you also, then, for your prayers and for your ongoing support to CAFOD.