Written by Estefania
Children’s passion and creativity always go beyond what we expect and the notice board from St Aidan’s church in Winstanley is just an example of that. This cheerful mural is 2m x 1m and right now is at the back of the church.
This Lent, the children from St Aidan’s from age 3 to 7, have created this mural which has been inspired by the prayers from CAFOD Lent appeal and they have also included at the top of the mural the cards that they received from Brazil for Christmas in relation to the project Connect2 Brazil.
CAFOD started to work in Brazil in 1968 to go beyond people’s basic needs and also tackle the underlying causes of poverty and injustice by challenging the government to take responsibility for its citizens. There are different parishes that have supported this project and one of them is St Aidan’s church which has been supported CAFOD for 30 years and involved in Connect2 Brazil for at least 15 years.
During that time, there have been different visitors from Brazil to come and talk to their church to help and raised money as well as to stop the eviction from the Maua building in Brazil. So, this mural had those Christmas cards as a reminder to St Aidan and everyone who walk in there of the impact of our actions, sometimes is difficult to see if donations or signing up petitions will ever work and this is a clear demonstration that they do. It is awesome how much we might be helping with so little.
The story behind this mural is also a reflexion of Lent, inspired CAFOD’s Lent appeal. The idea of the tree is that Our Faith is rooted in Christ, said Dorothy Mather, one of St Aidan’s parishioners, and each week in St Aidan a group of children are taken from the Liturgy of the Word during mass and read the gospel and select a theme on which to focus.
As an example of how these marvellous children have created the display the first week they made the leaves to decorate the tree with the Give it Up logo to say what they were giving up for Lent this year. The raindrops represent the CAFOD ‘turn treats into toilets’ about clean water and sanitation and the apples are to represent the fruits of the spirit.
This story is really inspiring to all of us and from CAFOD Liverpool office we want to congratulate St Aidan’s and hope that everyone else will get inspired by the actions of St Aidan’s parishioners and the little ones.