Today is Lent Fast Day – a day of abstinence, prayer and giving.
Pope Francis says: “Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the good Samaritan, who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him.”
This year, CAFOD are sharing their work with the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, in Zambia. When Sister Yvonne visited us in East Anglia she told us about Florence, a woman who was found sick, vulnerable and in distress.
CAFOD’s partners nursed her back to health and then asked her, “What would you like to do?” She replied, “I would like to be a fisherwoman”.
In a landlocked country, this wasn’t going to be easy, but with 500 tiny fish, tools to dig a large pond and training to farm the fish, Florence became a fisherwoman.
She was able then to repay the generosity of her neighbours who had helped her, by teaching them also how to become fish farmers. And she can support her family.
Please give generously to CAFOD, using the gift envelopes or by donating online.
This evening (Friday 10 March, 19:30) our Stations of the Cross share Jesus’ final steps toward Good Friday, and also reflect on the experiences of those who fall and thirst.
CAFOD are leading this liturgy of Stations of the Cross, the reflections of which give us a contemporary echo of the pain and suffering experienced by people around the world, giving us a fresh perspective through which to remember Jesus’ suffering for us.
Today – Friday 10 March – is Lent Fast Day, when we go without so others don’t have to. And the money we save, and our donations, go to help CAFOD with their work.
Each year we have the opportunity to elect four people to our community council.
The community council supports the parish priest in his pastoral responsibility for the community life of members of Our Lady and the English Martyrs church.
We would like to thank those who have been on the council: Michael Keohane, Christine Branch, Ana Luisa Toribio Fierro and Stephen Matthews. Having completed their terms of office there are four places available on our community council.
Please pray for our community and our community council, and please consider if you could serve the church in this way.
Nominations close at 10:00am on Monday 21 November.
If you are a Catholic, have been confirmed, and worship regularly here at English Martyrs church and are interested in serving your community for the next three years, you could be a member of our community council.
> Please pick up and complete a Nomination Form and return it to the Rectory Office before 21 November.
The Community Council has appointed Stephen Matthews as our returning officer, if you have any questions about the election process, please contact Stephen.
> Please check that you are included on our electoral roll (or update your details) so you can vote if the election is contested by multiple candidates.
Please read the newsletter for the week beginning on Sunday 26 September.