The theme of this week’s Lenten Liturgy, led by our Y6 class focused on CAFOD’s Family Fast Day and how Jesus went out into the desert for 40 days. While Jesus was in the desert he had hardly any food to eat or water to drink. Cafod’s Lenten campaign this year reminds us that here are many people around the world who struggle to get enough food. People like Rabiul, who is 12 and lives in Bangladesh with his mum and dad. His dad is disabled, so Rabiul’s mum, Mahinur, has to work extra hard to look after them both and to earn money to get enough to eat. She usually catches fish in the river next to her home to eat and to sell. But the river dried up last May, and all the fish died. Now there are no fish for Mahinur to catch. Mahinur is worried that she won’t have any food to give to Rabiul. She tries to earn money by cleaning other people’s homes, but it’s still not enough.
The Gospel Reading shared came from Luke 4:1-13 and it was followed by the CAFOD Lent 2019 short film. The children then led prayers before sharing their own Lenten Promises. Hymns and liturgical dance were used to help reflect the message of this liturgy and create a very spiritual and thoughtful service. The children left the hall silently, holding onto this atmosphere of peace and reflection.