For the last three years the parishes of Ss Mary & Joseph, Pocklington and Ss Leonard & Mary, Malton have been supporting one of CAFOD’s partner communities through our Connect2 programme. Over the weekend of 16-18 March, Fidel Ramos and his wife Julia, members of the community of Puentecitos in El Salvador came to visit. Over the next 24 hours they attended Mass and Fidel led the Our Father in Spanish, they then went to visit a local pig farm. Fidel and Julia keep pigs in their own community, they then were given a tour of the Yorkshire Wolds. Finally, on Monday morning they visited Ss Mary & Joseph Primary school and spoke to children about their own family and life in Puentecitos and taught them one of their local songs. Philippa Bosworth, one of our local CAFOD group members said:
“I think the weekend went very well, in spite of the poor weather. Still Fidel and Julia enjoyed the visit to Linda and Richard’s farm to see the pigs. They even got to go up in the cab of a combine harvester and had a tour of the farm in bitterly cold conditions, followed by tea and cake indoors by the fire!
The school visit was a big success. It seemed to pass very quickly. The Pocklington Post’s photographer was waiting for us when we arrived. Unfortunately Clare had a puncture with complications and had to wait for the Green Flag man so I was the replacement translator. If Clare did get a brief respite from her duties it was, sadly, spent with Chris trying to remove the wheel in the rain, then waiting for the GF man and later at the tyre depot buying a new tyre! Happily, Chris and Clare arrived back shortly after we returned from school so they were able to depart on time.
I would like to say how much we enjoyed having Fidel and Julia with us and how much of an impression it has left on all of us who came into contact with them. They were the perfect ambassadors for El Salvador and I am sure they will have left a lasting impression on our parish. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to meet them and learn from them”.
If you would like your parish, community or group to get involved in Connect2 then go to the Connect2 page on the CAFOD website. You might just be pleasantly surprised by what you see there!