Monday, 10 December 2012

Festive Supper in aid of CAFOD

Parishioners at the supper in national costume
Kevin and Linda Dignum report from the Parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs in St. Leonards-on- Sea:
"We celebrated CAFOD’s Golden Jubilee at a Festive Harvest Supper.

We were delighted to welcome Martin Brown, the A&B Diocesan CAFOD Manager, to speak at our 11.00am Harvest Festival Mass. Martin thanked the Parish for nearly forty years active support of CAFOD, and led the congregation in a Rite of Recommitment ‘to act justly . . .to love tenderly . . .to walk humbly . . .to care for the earth and transform our world . . . so that all might flourish and live in peace’.

The different choir groups in the Parish combined to lead the congregation in joyful and prayerful music, including a Swahili hymn at the Presentation of Gifts. The Harvest Gifts which were brought to the Mass were sold in the evening at the Harvest Supper.

The Parish Community Development Team did a splendid job in providing a two-course supper with an international flavour, with food from Africa, Pakistan, Brazil, Italy and England.

In both recognition and celebration of the multi-cultural nature of our parish, Parishioners were invited to wear their National Costume to both the Mass and the Supper.

The proceeds from the Supper - an excellent £700.65 - went towards supporting the CAFOD Appeal for the Food Crisis in West Africa.

Photos taken by:- Barbara Okoliko.

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