Thank you so much to everyone who attended our first Lent Supporters’ Meeting last Saturday in Leeds in preparation for the Lenten season! It was so great to see everyone!
Ben Oldham (Leeds Diocesan manager CAFOD) shared details of our partners in Myanmar and the impact Cyclone Nargis had on communities back in 2008. He explained how this extreme weather event affected people, how they are still recovering and how they’re preparing for future environmental shocks. Further background information on Myanmar can be downloaded from here.
We were joined by representatives from across the diocese including the parishes of St John Mary Vianney, Blessed John Henry Newman and Our Lady of Kirkstall.
The day was also an opportunity to catch up with the latest news from our diocese to get a detailed briefing on the upcoming Lent Fast Day and in particular provide more detail on the fantastic match funding opportunity we have whereby every pound donated to our Lenten appeal will be matched by the UK government.
Since the meeting we have received news that our Lent appeals Match Funding total has just been raised to £5 million – so now even more of the money we raise will be doubled by the UK Government, pound for pound!
Thanks again to you all for coming. We hope you found the day helpful and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions or comments.
We look forward to hearing from you in the forthcoming weeks to find out what is happening in your parishes during Lent – please get in touch!
Our next Supporters Afternoon is this weekend in Selby. We will be St Mary’s Parish Centre, Selby (Gowthorpe, Selby, YO8 4HS), on Saturday 7th February 3.30-5.30pm. Please come and join us!