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.
Celebrate St George’s Day in Style!
Saturday 23 April. Sung Mass 10:00am. Tea in St Alban’s school hall 3:00-5:00pm, with entertainment (including Coton Morris Dancers), and children’s activities.
By nun Agathe. Details of artist on Google Art Project
Please bring a cake or a plate of scones. Tea and sandwiches will be provided.
Admission free, donations will be invited.
Please let us know you intend to come by signing the list at the back of church, or phoning/emailing the office, or by completing this form:
MASS OF ANOINTING: Will be celebrated at 15:00 on Saturday 19th March at Our Lady of Lourdes in Sawston, followed by the usual tea in the Parish Hall. Anointing of the Sick is the Sacrament by which those who have health worries, or bear the burden of the years receive comfort, strength and the grace of healing.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul are able to offer transport to and from Mass. Please phone the Rectory between 09.00 and 14.00 on weekdays if you require assistance.
THE CHRISM MASS will be celebrated on Tuesday, 22nd March (Tuesday of Holy Week) at 19:00 at St. John’s Cathedral, Norwich.
A FREE coach will depart at 17:00 from St. Philip Howard Catholic Church, Walpole Road, where there is ample car parking, thus avoiding rush hour congestion in the city centre. Please phone the parish office to reserve your FREE seat.
Do you want to make room for this year’s presents by donating your old ones?
Find out more about our Unwanted Christmas Present exchange here.