Colourful event at Grays parish brings early Christmas cheer

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The lucky winners of the raffles

The Christmas season saw several Brentwood parishes holding bazaars, quizzes and other events to fundraise for CAFOD. Our parish volunteer Patrick Meshe at St Thomas of Canterbury in Grays helped organise a lively evening of carols, prayers, raffles, good food and wine for parishioners.

In early December we organised our annual parish Christmas fundraising event for CAFOD. It was lively and great fun and attended by around 50 parishioners along with their friends and family.

As CAFOD’s parish volunteer for St Thomas’s, I opened the event with a short prayer and made a few remarks about CAFOD and its humanitarian work in various parts of the world.

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Patrick (4th from the left) with fellow parishioners at St Thomas of Canterbury enjoying a lively evening


There were melodious renditions of many popular Christmas hymns and the St Thomas charismatic group gave very lively performances. Everyone was treated to warm mulled wine and minced pies. In addition we had very lively raffle session where a range of very nice prices were won. The reverse raffle was equally lively and the winner won £23.50.

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Hands off! The keepers of the raffle prizes

In total, the event which was fantastically organised by Maggie Hollington and ably assisted by Ursula and Diane raised a total of £425.
We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our parish priest, Canon Brian O’Shea for his ardent and continued support for CAFOD.

Patrick Meshe

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