Abdella’s Walk for Water:
Abdella lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. It takes him ten hours a day to collect water. He says his life is being wasted as he has no time for anything else. Give today to reach vulnerable communities around the world with water and to provide other vital support. Here is a link to a short film about Abdella – Lent Appeal 2021: Abdella’s walk for water | CAFOD on Vimeo
You can make a donation to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal in four ways
- send a cheque to the Parish Office cheque payee is ’CAFOD’
- online to the Parish account (please see online details above) referenced ‘CAFOD’.
- online at cafod.org.uk/lent
- phone 0303 303 3030
Many thanks for your faithful support for the work of Cafod and for your prayers.
Lent Reflection for 21st February:
Jesus went out into the desert and stayed there for forty days. During this time, he knew what it was like to be hungry and thirsty, as he tried to survive in the dry and inhospitable landscape. We all know what it is to be thirsty, to feel our tongue stick to the roof of our mouth, to feel our head ache from lack of water. But for many of us this is a temporary sensation. Easily solved by turning on the tap. And yet for Abdella, 23, who lives in rural Ethiopia, water can only be reached after a long, hot, walk into the mountains. He spends most of his time fetching water, leaving him little energy for anything else.
Our Desert Time:
Jesus emerged from the wilderness physically weakened but spiritually strengthened. His ordeal had been a choice, to give him time to prepare, and now he was ready to go out and proclaim the gospel. What change will Lent, our desert time, bring about in us? Will we emerge at the other end strengthened and committed to make a change in our world? As we fast this Lent, following Jesus’ example in the desert, we remember that everything that we have comes from God, including the water that we drink. And let us take time to step back and consider how we can help others who struggle to get their fair share of this precious, life-giving gift.
Christ Jesus, you know what it is to hunger and thirst. Open my eyes to my brothers and sisters who struggle to get clean water, and fill me with compassion, so that I may reach out to them in love. Amen.
This coming Friday is Family Fast Day. Please eat simply and give what you save to support people like Abdella around the world. Find out more about Family Fast Day activities. at https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day