Staying hopeful in the new lockdown

Hannah and her children

As we all adapt to the new lockdown rules, Hannah Patterson from our Fundraising department shares the ways she and her family are coping, and some ideas to keep hopeful in the coming weeks.

Like so many of you this week, I’ve been scrambling to organise my work and family life as we adjust to the new lockdown. And while I’ve got used to the Zoom meetings that working from home full-time now entails, the new rules are still posing a challenge this time around!

My husband is a primary school teacher, who is now full-time to cover for colleagues who have to shield, so my youngest two children are now with me for some of the week at least while I juggle meetings and phonecalls (my current plan is to stay on mute as much as possible!).

We’ve already had the difficult conversation about why Nan and Grandad can’t visit for a while, but I think the hardest thing about this new lockdown is going to be maintaining a sense of hope – both for me, and for my young family.

Five things you can do

I’m in the lucky position to know exactly what’s on offer from CAFOD over the next few weeks and months, so I want to share what me and my family will be doing to keep our spirits up during lockdown, in case they can work for you as well.

  1. Our collection of coronavirus prayers from around the world are just as moving this year as last, and from Ash Wednesday our online Lent calendar will provide daily reflections and prayers.
  2. I’m going to be registering our small gang for the excellent Children’s Liturgy Live every Sunday, and we’ve also got a list to help you find a local Mass streamed live in your area if you aren’t able to go to church.
  3. I’ve already signed up to Walk for Water this Lent – 10,000 steps a day, for 40 days. I’m relying on the walks I’ll need to do in training and during Lent to give me an extra push to do my allocated outdoor exercise during lockdown. And raising funds for clean water alongside hundreds of other CAFOD supporters will definitely give me a boost!
  4. Another action that has given me hope for the future is signing our petition to the Prime Minister urging him to put communities at the heart of the COP26 climate talks in November. There’s a real opportunity this year to tackle the climate emergency and build a better world for my children and future generations – and adding your name takes seconds!
  5. Finally a recommendation that’s not open to me as a CAFOD employee – our spring raffle! Tickets are available from Friday 8 January and you could win up to £4,000 while supporting our life-changing work.

At CAFOD we get daily reminders about how amazing, generous and resilient the Catholic community of England and Wales are, so I have faith that we will come through this new lockdown and I hope that some of these ideas can make your loads slightly lighter.

In the meantime I have my usual round of Zoom calls this afternoon – and a musical performance starring my youngest daughter, Barbie and a stuffed dinosaur. Stay safe and hopeful everyone!

10 thoughts on “Staying hopeful in the new lockdown”

  1. Thank you for your lovely comments everyone! It feels like we have to be quite deliberate about being hopeful at the moment, but I’m glad some of these ideas are helpful!

  2. Wonderful Hannah and the family! Great to hear about your fundraising ideas. I’ll sign the petition and sign up for 10,000 steps a day in Lent. Will also look out for the prayers and tell our grandchildren about the Children’s Liturgy online. Oh and of course I’ll buy some raffle tickets!

  3. Dear Hannah,
    Read with much interest and appreciation. You and and CAFOD are doing a wonderful. God bless you all.
    Take Care. Keep Safe.

  4. Hi Hannah, your kids are gorgeous. I am in Belfast and I do a lot for Trocaire over here but you guys have caught my eye and I am happy to support you too. Yes , hope is important and the vaccine gives us that….’ hope is the thing with feathers /, that perches in the soul / and sings the tune without the words / and never stops at all. ‘ Emily Dickinson.
    God bless you all Des 👦

  5. Thank you for this. Not having young children means that some points do not apply to me but I will be signing the climate petition and encouraging fellow parishioners to do likewise. Also I will be doing the sponsored walks during Lent.

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