Caritas at Lent
“Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor” (Tob 4:7)
In his message for World Day of the Poor 2023, Pope Francis reminded us that faith teaches us that every poor person is a son or daughter of God and that Christ is present in them. “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. Caritas Diocese of Plymouth has created a Lent Calendar (displayed at the back of the church) to suggest ways in which we can use this time for prayer, reflection and action as the service of the poor. The link to the digital version of the poster is https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/lentcalendar-24/
Just a few small actions each week can make a positive difference.
People can also join the Big Lent walk to support the work of CAFOD https://walk.cafod.org.uk/
COST OF LIVING CRISIS – HOW CAN WE HELP?
We know that our parishes connect with many people who will be struggling with the cost of living crisis and may be asked for support and advice. Caritas Diocese of Plymouth recognises that every human being has the right to a life where basic needs are met and should be able to live a dignified life, free from poverty. A number of parishes joined us for a presentation on the cost of living crisis last week, and the feedback we received was so positive that we have created a guide to different sources of support on a range of issues such as energy, benefits, debt etc., to support parishes in their work to reach out to those who are in poverty. We hope that you will find this useful.