CAFOD Lenten Lunches: From the perspective of a new parishioner!

Linta is a new parishioner and CAFOD volunteer in the Barrow-in-Furness area. Read what she has to say about Lenten Soup Lunches and her volunteering journey so far:

Our local Barrow-in-Furness parish centre organised light lunches every Friday during this Lent season. All participants really enjoyed the served soups and bread, thanks to ‘Bob in Café’, who provided lunch free of charge. If you did not have a chance to attend one of the organised events, I am sorry to say that you missed some delicious homemade mushroom, and tomato and coriander soups!

Our Lady of Furness CAFOD Soup Lunch team

Our kitchen volunteers were Our Lady of Furness, Feed the Hungry Corporal Work of Mercy team – from left to right: Clare Greenwood, Kate Waplington, Stephen and Karen Donnan

The Lenten Lunches were planned to help raise money to provide clean and safe drinking water to people living in poverty in DRC, Zimbabwe and Uganda. It was a very successful event, with a big turnout. This was also a good chance for old friends to reconnect, and personally, it was a chance to meet and make many new friends! As a new addition to the Barrow-in-Furness parish, I was moved to see the compassion for overseas development amongst my fellow parishioners.

Below is a message from Patrick Gardner, CAFOD’s Local Representative.

“I really enjoyed meeting and sharing lunch with CAFOD volunteers and supporters from the Furness area at the Lenten Soup Lunch for CAFOD at St Mary’s Social Centre. It was wonderful to meet everyone and hear their stories. There was a great feeling of community spirit at St Mary’s for the Soup Lunch. A wonderful atmosphere. You could tell that everyone was upbeat and really happy to be there and do something together to support the poorest communities overseas. And such fantastic and tasty soups on offer. I really enjoyed my tomato & coriander soup! It’s fantastic that Our Lady of Furness parish in Barrow will be ‘turning on the taps’ this Easter for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, supporting communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.” 

CAFOD Lenten Lunch at the Parish Centre

CAFOD Lenten Lunch at the Parish Centre

I am very happy to be part of such an active parish and hope to continue experiencing such wonderful acts of mercy. As we continue to observe the Year of Mercy, I request that you, as part of our local parish, continue to support CAFOD in their mission to help communities in need and create ONE WORLD. I feel that CAFOD are inspired by local parishioners like you and me. I hope that our local parish will keep up this good work.

In the spirit of Lent, the UK government will also match what you give, £1 for £1, at no extra cost to you. Please watch this video to see the real life impact on our Lenten appeal.

If you wish, you can donate to our Lenten appeal and help turn on the taps.

You can also help make a difference in the fight against poverty and injustice by volunteering with CAFOD.

God Bless!

Linta Mathew

CAFOD Volunteer

Linta is a new volunteer with CAFOD and is an enthusiast on climate change adaptation from Barrow-in-Furness. She has recently relocated from the Philippines, where she was working with the International Rice Research Institute on Gender and Climate change. She has co-authored a book on the Loss and Damage in Climate Change and is currently writing more journal articles on this issue.  In this blog, she tells us about her experience with the Barrow-in-Furness Lenten Lunches and encourages widespread participation in the local CAFOD organised events to support their noble cause.



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