Latin America comes to Pocklington

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Parishioners of St Mary and St Joseph Church in Pocklington enjoyed a night of Latin American themed fun and festivities on Friday 21st September. The parish has been linked to Puentecitos in El Salvador through the CAFOD Connect2 project for the past year and a half and has spent that time raising funds and awareness for their friends in Central America. To bring the link to life, the CAFOD group organised a Latin American evening combining important and interesting information about life in that part of the world with food, music, fun and games.

The evening started with a fascinating talk from Margaret Siberry, CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Leeds and her friend Trish Sandbach, who gave us a marvellous insight into their personal pilgrimage to El Salvador. We learned of the darker side of the country’s recent history and of the faith and courage of Archbishop Oscar Romero. We then heard more about life in Puentecitos and listened to further stories about the people we had already met through the CAFOD material we received.
The children loved hearing about Vincente and the ways in which his life was similar to theirs. The talk was absolutely excellent and really helped to bring our link to life.

Food came next and thanks to the sterling efforts of Margaret, Phillipa, Denise and Linda in the kitchen, the hungry parishioners were treated to a feast of chilli, wraps, salsa and guacamole. This was followed by a really authentic treat: Latin American rice pudding cooked by Gina who is originally from Costa Rica, not to mention an array of delicious caked donated by various parish members.

No write-up would be complete without a mention of the talented Joe Ellerton who provided the music for the evening. He played his guitar and sang lots of Spanish songs. The children loved accompanying on the special conga drums he had bought along and the whole parish joined in on some of the refrains.

The children also had great fun with the Pinata. Although we had to improvise with Joe’s guitar lead when hanging it up, the children nonetheless managed to give it a good bash and succeeded in making it spill its contents.

No CAFOD do could be complete without a raffle and this one was no exception. Anne won the star prize of a Fairtrade hamper filled with lots of Latin American produce.

The evening raised £250 for the Connect 2 project and more importantly, deepened the parishioners’ knowledge and understanding of our friends’ lives in El Salvador. It was also a great deal of fun and a splendid way of bringing everyone together. We can’t wait for the next one!
ishioners of St Mary and St Joseph Church in Pocklington enjoyed a night of Latin American themed fun and festivities on Friday 21st September. The parish has been linked to Puentecitos in El Salvador through the CAFOD connect 2 project for the past year and a half and has spent that time raising funds and awareness for their friends in Central America. To bring the link to life, the CAFOD group orParishioners of St Mary and St Joseph Church in Pocklington enjoyed a night of Latin American themed fun and festivities on Friday 21st September. The parish has been linked to Puentecitos in El Salvador through the CAFOD connect 2 project for the past year and a half and has spent that time raising funds and awareness for their friends in Central America. To bring the link to life, the CAFOD group organised a Latin American evening combining important and interesting information about life in that part of the world with food, music, fun and games.

The evening started with a fascinating talk from Margaret Siberry, CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Leeds and her friend Trish Sandbach, who gave us a marvellous insight into their personal pilgrimage to El Salvador. We learned of the darker side of the country’s recent history and of the faith and courage of Archbishop Oscar Romero. We then heard more about life in Puentecitos and listened to further stories about the people we had already met through the CAFOD material we received.
The children loved hearing about Vincente and the ways in which his life was similar to theirs. The talk was absolutely excellent and really helped to bring our link to life.

Food came next and thanks to the sterling efforts of Margaret, Phillipa, Denise and Linda in the kitchen, the hungry parishioners were treated to a feast of chilli, wraps, salsa and guacamole. This was followed by a really authentic treat: Latin American rice pudding cooked by Gina who is originally from Costa Rica, not to mention an array of delicious caked donated by various parish members.

No write-up would be complete without a mention of the talented Joe Ellerton who provided the music for the evening. He played his guitar and sang lots of Spanish songs. The children loved accompanying on the special conga drums he had bought along and the whole parish joined in on some of the refrains.

The children also had great fun with the Pinata. Although we had to improvise with Joe’s guitar lead when hanging it up, the children nonetheless managed to give it a good bash and succeeded in making it spill its contents.

No CAFOD do could be complete without a raffle and this one was no exception. Anne won the star prize of a Fairtrade hamper filled with lots of Latin American produce.

The evening raised £250 for the Connect 2 project and more importantly, deepened the parishioners’ knowledge and understanding of our friends’ lives in El Salvador. It was also a great deal of fun and a splendid way of bringing everyone together. We can’t wait for the next one!
ganised a Latin American evening combining important and interesting information about life in that part of the world with food, music, fun and games.

The evening started with a fascinating talk from Margaret Siberry, CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Leeds and her friend Trish Sandbach, who gave us a marvellous insight into their personal pilgrimage to El Salvador. We learned of the darker side of the country’s recent history and of the faith and courage of Archbishop Oscar Romero. We then heard more about life in Puentecitos and listened to further stories about the people we had already met through the CAFOD material we received.
The children loved hearing about Vincente and the ways in which his life was similar to theirs. The talk was absolutely excellent and really helped to bring our link to life.

Food came next and thanks to the sterling efforts of Margaret, Phillipa, Denise and Linda in the kitchen, the hungry parishioners were treated to a feast of chilli, wraps, salsa and guacamole. This was followed by a really authentic treat: Latin American rice pudding cooked by Gina who is originally from Costa Rica, not to mention an array of delicious caked donated by various parish members.

No write-up would be complete without a mention of the talented Joe Ellerton who provided the music for the evening. He played his guitar and sang lots of Spanish songs. The children loved accompanying on the special conga drums he had bought along and the whole parish joined in on some of the refrains.

The children also had great fun with the Pinata. Although we had to improvise with Joe’s guitar lead when hanging it up, the children nonetheless managed to give it a good bash and succeeded in making it spill its contents.

No CAFOD do could be complete without a raffle and this one was no exception. Anne won the star prize of a Fairtrade hamper filled with lots of Latin American produce.

The evening raised £250 for the Connect 2 project and more importantly, deepened the parishioners’ knowledge and understanding of our friends’ lives in El Salvador. It was also a great deal of fun and a splendid way of bringing everyone together. We can’t wait for the next one!

Catherine Greenaway.

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