CWL is a worldwide organisation, united in friendship and love, where members use and develop their talents in projects for the world, the nation, the diocese and the parish.
MESSAGE TO MEMBERS – UKRAINE CRISIS
I am sure you are all deeply moved by the terrible situation in Ukraine and I know you will be supporting in various ways the plight of the many refugees fleeing their homes and country. Indeed, as soon as CAFOD in conjunction with the Disaster Emergency Committee launched their appeal, HQ sent £5000 which will of course be matched by Government funding.
The many trucks now setting off to countries supporting the refugees carry much-needed clothing and toiletries – but some medical items are not being allowed at the present time.
Last night, on the Living Rosary zoom, we learned from Fr Marcin about a contact he has established in Ukraine with a priest from the Orthodox Catholic Church. The priest is willing – and able – to meet Father Marcin on the Ukraine/Poland border to take much needed medicines to the soldiers and people in that country.
Fr Marcin is leaving on 1st May to take donated items across to the priest. It is a long journey and a daunting task. Why the 1st May you may ask? Well, he has to pass the test for a minibus licence to drive the minibus before he can go.
I would very much like we CWL members to support Fr Marcin on his journey and I would like to suggest that, where possible, each Section gave a minimum donation of £10.
By doing that we could, at the very least, cover fuel costs which I estimate will be in the region of £1000. Some of you, I know, are arranging events to raise money for Ukraine and may like to donate some of the funds raised to assist Father. National Treasurer Christine will set up a separate fund so that she can account for the funds received. In view of the time please send in any money as soon as you can so that we can send it to Father Marcin before he leaves.
I am sure I can count on your support.
Thank you very much.
Jeanette, National President
A prayer for Ukraine from the Cafod website – if you would like to print it follow the link below
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.