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 -
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.
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:
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
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
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