There was a lovely thanksgiving mass for CAFOD supporters and benefactors of the Bath Deanery on earlier this year.
CAFOD volunteer Area Coordinator for the Bath Deanery, Irene Prentice reports: “About 20 people attended, including Paul Lane (St. Benedict’s) and Maureen Millman (St Joseph’s, Peasedown). Despite the short notice, it was good that so many made the effort to come to the church hall for fruit cake (that I baked for the occasion, biscuits, coffee and tea).
Next year, we will plan a month in advance and invite others from further afield who wish to come to Bath for the day”.
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A lovely day of fun and feasting in aid of CAFOD
Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the Woodchester Priory CAFOD Group helped one of their members, Tina Hathaway, to host her annual Vintage Teas in her lovely garden not far from Nailsworth. CAFOF Parish Volunteer Angela Middleditch reports : “We were blessed with a reasonable weather for both days and over the two days, about 150 people came to support us. Donations and the proceeds from the raffle were given half to CAFOD, and the other half going to another worthy charity. Many thanks to all who helped with baking beforehand and helping over the weekend, to all our lovely ‘customers’ and most of all to Tina and Barry for the use of their house and garden”.
For the past year, St Dunstan’s has been in contact with the village of Sebeya in the Tigray region of Ethiopia through CAFOD, funding the work of the organisation there.
Clarice Corfield writes: “a year ago our parish chose to support one of the CAFOD projects overseas and the parishioners voted to fund the Connect2:Ethiopia programme. During the year we have been in contact with the village of Sebeya in the Tigray region of Ethiopia and have sent donations. We have since received ‘thank you’ messages and also updates from them. We find this two-way communication very important and so children from our Children’s Liturgy group have been sending cards to the children in Sebeya. They have also been saving 1p and 2p coins and built a ‘penny trail’ in our parish hall. The money raised was also sent to Sebeya. We also had a wonderful Ethiopian evening when we heard a talk from an Ethiopian speaker and tasted delicious Ethiopian food.
I decided to do something myself and tried to live for 5 days on £5. It was not so easy, lots of rice, lentils and bread for 5 days with the occasional ‘treat’ of a fried egg. With only £1 a day you cannot eat anything fresh or dairy products let alone meat or fish. For me it was only 5 days for millions of people it is so for life. There are many who have less than that to spend on food.
The parish raised almost £790 and I am extremely grateful for the generosity of the people who sponsored me. One of the main problems in Sebeya is the lack of fresh water. Our parish will continue to raise funds to enable Sebeya to have this reliable access to water”.
Children of Sebeya