Request from Pope Francis – Crisis in Ukraine

The United Nations has estimated that the two-year conflict between the pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government has left 1.5 million hungry, 300,000 of which are in desperate need of food. During the first half of 2016, the organization aims to provide monthly food assistance to approximately 270,000 people, primarily the most vulnerable and in most need. 1.3 million are lacking in drinking water. Moreover, around a million people are in need medical assistance. Medicines are hard to come by, and surgeries are reportedly conducted without anaesthesia.

Pope Francis, launched a humanitarian initiative in favour of the people of the Ukraine, in the form of a SPECIAL COLLECTION to be taken in all of the Catholic Churches in Europe on Sunday 24th April 2016.  The Holy Father expressed his faith in the Churches of Europe who would unite generously to this, his initiative.

CAFOD Lent Fast Day

The focus of this year’s Lent Fast Day is to ensure that girls living in the world’s poorest countries are free to change their lives by getting an education. CAFOD is working with local expert organisations around the world to bring water to family homes, so girls who used to spend hours collecting it every day, now have time for school, study and to play with their friends.
There are envelopes at the back of church if you wish to Gift Aid your donation. The collection will take place next weekend.
This year the UK government has promised to match every pound and penny you give this Lent. So whatever you give will be doubled.