Walking for Water in Ethiopia

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Can you imagine spending 10 hours a day collecting water for your family?

Abdella, on his daily walk for water

Abdella, in Afar, has to make this exhausting journey daily. His story is the focus for our Lent appeal this year. We recently heard from Mark Chamberlain who joined 23-year-old Abdella on this journey. We heard about the people Mark met and heard his personal experience of walking the treacherous 5-mile trek for water in one of the hottest places on earth. In addition, we also heard from Ethiopia Rep, Teamrat Belai, for a discussion about the challenges Ethiopia faces and how we work to provide clean water in dry areas.

Leading up to our Walk for Water Lent challenges, this special online event painted a vivid, challenging and inspiring picture of why this issue is so important, and why we are fundraising as a Catholic community to help end water poverty.

Click here to hear the discussion

Walking to the first water point

You Are All Invited…

…to our latest wonderful online events.

On Saturday 13th March, 11am-12pm you’re invited to the Archbishop Oscar Romero Anniversary National Ecumenical Service. This will be live-streamed from St Martin-in-the-Fields to mark the 41st anniversary of the martyrdom of the canonized Archbishop.

Click here to enter the livestream.

Tuesday 16th March 11am-12pm. Secondly, we’d like to invite you to hear about the difference you have made in Uganda. On Harvest Family Fast Day 2019, you heard about Fabiano in Uganda and raised money to help people without clean water around the world.

Join this discussion, live from Uganda, with our local experts at Caritas Moroto and CAFOD’s Mark Kipkirui Baiywoh, to hear about the amazing difference your help has made to the lives of local people.

Click here to book your place.

Tuesday 16th March 7pm. Finally, there is a talk on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ letter on Our Common Home. Dr Peter Coughlan will be joining the Sacred Heart Parish in Wimbledon to talk about the main themes of this hugely significant encyclical. He will explore both the origins of Pope Francis’ ‘ecological conversion’ and the significance of Laudato Si’ as we approach the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow.

Peter has recently given seminars at the Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge and previously lectured at Heythrop College, University of London. The talk is organised by the Newman Circle and the Environment Group in the parish.

Email sarah.tobin@btconnect.com for the link for this meeting.

And a reminder that on Fridays throughout Lent we are walking through the Stations of the Cross online in a prayerful journey of transformation in solidarity with people living in poverty around the world.

Join us at 11am as we meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross, following themes of justice, poverty, mercy, friendship and hope.

Click here to register for the series.

Parliament in YOUR Parish!

Do you want to learn step-by-step how to organise online meetings to lobby your MP? 

On Thursday 25th March and Saturday 10th April, we will be rolling out ‘Parliament in your Parish’ as part of our new campaign, Reclaim Our Common Home.

We are inviting you to organise an online meeting with other parishioners with their local MP, to discuss how we can rebuild after the pandemic in a way that makes the world a fairer place, and tackle some of the major global issues including climate change and unjust debts.

In these training sessions we will be covering everything from why faith and community participation matters and the challenges of facilitating an online meeting (and how to address them), to the keys to encourage your MP to taking action.

For those interested in joining Parliament in your Parish, we are offering a training session on two separate dates: Thursday 25 March, 6.30-8pm or Saturday 10 April, 11-12.30pm. Register your place now at cafod.org.uk/mpmeeting

If you have any questions about how to organise a Parliament in your Parish meeting, please contact PinyourP@cafod.org.uk for more information.