Pupils turn little fish into big soup for CAFOD

Pupils from primary and secondary schools in the Brentwood Diocese will be demonstrating their solidarity throughout Lent with those in living in poverty across the world.

CAFOD’s Lent appeal, ‘turning little fish into big fish’, has captured the imagination of pupils in schools across Brentwood in a range of ways. Several schools have held soup lunches and fundraising events on behalf of CAFOD and found creative and fun ways to bring Florence’s story to life.

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St Joseph’s plan to decorate the scales of this beautiful fish



Pupils and at St Joseph’s in Harwich have a fishy friend in the school hall which they will be encouraged to feed over Lent. They aim to decorate the fish’s scales with stickers for a £1 donation in support of CAFOD.



Schools volunteer Breda meets pupils from St Mary’s in Tilbury after a Lent assembly


On Monday pupils at St Peter’s in Romford were invited to dress in blue, green, glittery
and shimmery clothes to symbolise a ‘water/fishy theme’ and donate £1 per child to CAFOD. They hoped to create a marvellous ‘sea’ of children in an ambition to raise vital funds for those in need.

Secondary schools have also been busy fasting and raising money for CAFOD over Lent. Pupils from All Saints school council (Dagenham) sold cakes and other goodies prior to Lent Fast Day. On fast day itself, St Benedict’s (Colchester), New Hall (Chelmsford) and Holy Family (Walthamstow) held soup lunches in actions of solidarity and sacrifice with those in poverty around the world. Students at the Holy Family were delighted to hear that the soup was prepared and served by students of Food Technology, and very nice it looked too.

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The fast day soup lunch at Holy Family in Walthamstow was prepared by Food Technology students

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All Saints students show off their wall of little fish


Hungry St Benedict’s pupils form an orderly queue

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Selling with a smile: All Saints students sell cakes and other goodies

The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor: sustainable livelihoods in Zambia

Sister Yvonne Mwalula Mwila, our partner from the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, is helping communities in Zambia to transform their lives. We are pleased to announce Sister Yvonne will be speaking in Walthamstow and other regional events in England and Wales ahead of Lent Fast Day.

Sister Yvonne writes: “I am a Religious Sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary which I entered in 1997. _mgl9326

The Founder of our Congregation asked us to serve the poor of the poorest in our society. “To go where no one wants to go and do what nobody wants to do. Because for you dear sisters there are only two things that matters, Jesus Christ and the poor, the moment you forget this, you should cease to exist” we do try to accomplish this calling in our Programme in Mbala”.

In the light of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, the Sacred Heart Sisters committed themselves to respond to urgent needs. It was with this situation in mind, that the Sisters established the Households In Distress (HID) Programme in 1991 which contributes to the reduction of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the infected and most affected families in communities through quality care and support and livelihoods initiatives.

The HID Programme carries out its various interventions in Mbala district through the provision of information, education and commuication; home based care; livelihoods/village orphan support groups and orphans and education for  vulnerable children.


Sister Yvonne is also working alongside farmers to help them grow drought-resistant crops, so they can stand up again on their own two feet. The communities she supports are gradually lifting themselves out of poverty and sending their children to school. Our neighbours are also protecting the planet by installing solar panels on their homes.


Sr Yvonne will be speaking about our work at Our Lady & St George parish hall in Walthamstow on Wednesday 22 February at 7.30pm. The full address is Our Lady & St George Catholic Parish, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, E17 9HU. The talk will be preceded by an opportunity to participate in a beautiful Lampedusa Cross lent-2017-photo‘pilgrimage’ and liturgy in the church. ALL ARE WELCOME. If you would like to attend Sr Yvonne’s talk, please register or contact us at brentwood@cafod.org.uk or call 01277 218730

If you are unable to join us for her talk in Walthamstow, Sr Yvonne will be talking online
the following day. Join us online on Thursday, 23 February from 1pm to 2pm to listen to Sr Yvonne’s talk.


Join us for one of our Lent Fast Day 2017 briefings

Learn more on how a fish the size of your thumb in Florence’s hands can become school books, a home and a future for her children. Share ideas with other volunteers about how you can raise awareness in your parish.

Join us for one of our Lent Fast Day briefings at:florence

Southend – Thursday 9 February from 7.30pm until 9pm at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 418 Southchurch Road, SS1 2QB Register for this event

Brentwood – Saturday 11 February from 10.30pm until 12.30pm at Cathedral House, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AT Register for this event

Brentwood – Wednesday 15 February from 10.30am  until 12.30pm at Cathedral House, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AT Register for this event

Walthamstow – Wednesday 22 February from 7pm until 7.30pm followed by talk from CAFOD’s partner in Zambia, Sr Yvonne at Our Lady and St George, 132 Shernhall St, Walthamstow, E17 9HU. Register for this event

 Wanstead – Monday 27 February from 8pm until 9.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish hall,  51 Cambridge Park, Wanstead, E11 2PR Register for this event

For more information contact the CAFOD Brentwood volunteer centre at brentwood@cafod.org.uk or call 01277 218730.