The Blessed Sacrament is exposed upon the Altar
Fr Peter Walters, the Director of Let The Children Live!, has asked for prayers to support the charity's Lenten fund-raising campaign.
Whilst Fr Peter was away making appeals in Britain a Solemn Novena was made to St Joseph on both sides of the Atlantic; and on 12th March a special Day of Prayer was held in the Chapel at Casa Walsingham in Medellín. Children and staff from all of the charity's programmes took turns to watch and pray before the Blessed Sacrament.
"We are all very concerned that some of the programmes may have to be cut back because of the continuing fall in the value of the pound," explained Fr Peter.
At the beginning of this year one British pound was worth 3,376 Colombian pesos. Two months later the pound had fallen to 2,835 pesos. "That is a loss of 16%," Fr Peter said. "It means that we will have to send £8,000 more to Colombia each month just to maintain our present level of support for our children there."
"The trouble is that our supporters are still feeling the pinch of the recession, and our income so far this year has fallen by 13.5% in comparison with the same period in 2009. We are all praying that things will improve soon, or cuts will have to be made."
"As an organisation of last resort, the charity is the children's safety net. Past experience has shown us that cuts will mean that children will certainly suffer – and even that some of them may die. Please pray for us at this difficult time."
Adoration in the Chapel at Casa Walsingham
The Choir joining in the prayers