St Mary's

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church


Lent in a Can

Are you still wondering “What can I do for Lent?”

The Justice and Peace Group suggest "How about using our Saving Can?"

Keep the can as a visible reminder of Lent.  Use it to collect any money Saved from fasting, abstaining or completing a challenge. This can then be donated to CAFOD or to a charity of your choice.

A Saving Can saves your money, which can then be used to -

  • Save a child from dying through lack of medicine.
  • Save a refugee family from sleeping in the cold and rain.
  • Save a village from the effects of drinking dirty water.
  • Save a mother from not being able to feed her family.
  • Save a child from not being able to reach her potential through lack of education.

The cans will be available from J&P Group members during weekends 10th/11th and 17th/18th February. each one will contain a prayer and ideas and challenges for Lent. Labels and leaflets will also be available if you want to use your own cans

If you do decide to donate any money saved to CAFOD you can do this through St. Mary's Church. Either use the CAFOD Fast Day envelopes or an envelope marked CAFOD and placing in the basket during Mass. Remember to Gift Aid your donations, if you can.

Also, the government has agreed to match fund any donations to CAFOD between 13th February and 12th May 2018.  So for every £1 you give the government gives a £1.

One of the 'Saving Cans', ready and waiting to be used at home.

One of the 'Saving Cans', ready and waiting to be used at home.

West Northumberland Food Bank

The West Northumberland Food Bank collects items to help the poorest families in our area, including some people with Coeliac disease.

Demand is usually high, so the Food Bank would always appreciate donations of many types of food and other items, in particular the following:

  • Tinned meat and fish
  • Tinned vegetables, tomatoes and fruit
  • Dried milk
  • UHT long life milk
  • Rice and noodles
  • Tinned or instant potatoes
  • Tinned deserts
  • Squash and pop
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Biscuits and crackers
  • Toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant and razors
  • Dog food
  • Cat food


If you are able to help the Food Bank by donating any of the items listed above, or indeed any other items which you think may help, please leave your donated items in the collection box situated within the Narthex at St. Mary's.

Remember, there is a need for you to help our poorest bretheren throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Think about this ...

This is likely to be very challenging, even confronting. However, once you have begun to read it, it is very important that you continue to the end and then read it line by line from the bottom up.



They have no need of our help

So do not tell me

These haggard faces could belong to you or I

Should life have dealt a different hand

We need to see them for who they really are

Chancers and scroungers

With bombs up their sleeves

Cut-throats and thieves

They are not

Welcome here

We should make them

Go back to where they came from

They cannot

Share our food

Share our homes

Share our countries

Instead let us all

Build a wall to keep them out

It is not OK to say

These are people just like us

A place should only belong to those who are born there.

Do not be so stupid to think that

The world can be looked at another way.


Now read that again, line by line from bottom to top.  Which is really upside down?

With acknowledgement to Brian Bilston and Brigidine  Asylum Seekers Project. St. Macartan’s Social Justice Group