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Bishop Alan’s invitation to join CAFOD Mass in Norwich

Bishop Alan Hopes has asked those who support CAFOD to join him for a special Mass at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on Saturday 25 February as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the diocese.

The Mass at 12noon will be followed by a Day of Recollection with a light lunch in the Cathedral Narthex and then, from 2-4pm, looking forward and preparing for Lent.

CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator, Stephen Matthews, said: “Our focus will be on the people and projects we are helping people to provide in Zambia, particularly focusing on livelihoods – how people in the community are coming together, helping themselves grow food and create an income for their families.

“When the Diocese of East Anglia was created Fast Days had become an established part of the church’s calendar, in Lent and Harvest, as they are today. Following our Mass with Bishop Alan you are invited to stay and hear about the work that we are supporting through CAFOD as Sister Yvonne talks to us about the work she is doing with households in distress in Zambia. Her work, and particularly a project which enables villagers to run fish farms in this land-locked country, forms the centrepiece of Fast Day activities in our parishes this coming Lent.”

If you would like to join us for Mass, and if you wish to stay for our Day of Recollection, please register online: https://eastangliadayofrecollection.eventbrite.co.uk, or contact Stephen Matthews by telephone: 01223 358552.

Pictured above is Bishop Alan Hopes with two Lampedusa crosses, made by carpenter Francesco Tuccio of driftwood from wrecked refugee boats on the small Italian island and then distributed by CAFOD to highlight the refugee issue.