Simple Soup lunches during Harvest

 

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Mollie preparing a simple soup lunch at St Cuthbert’s church, Bradford.

Parish volunteers from across the Diocese of Leeds are preparing for Family Fast Day on 5th October 2018 by asking fellow parishioners to join them in a simple soup lunch to help raise awareness of social justice and funds for CAFOD.

Last year we visited parish volunteer Mollie Somerville at St Cuthbert’s in Bradford at a gathering after mass. They were holding a simple soup lunch and we were inspired to hear that it wasn’t just during Harvest that the soup lunch is held, it is a fixed date in the calendar each month for the local parishioners.

 

We have received calls and emails to let us know about the simple soup lunches in the planning, and we will also be hosting one here at the Volunteer Centre on Friday 5th October 12pm – 1pm, you can bring along your favourite soup or share in our seasonable vegetable soup.

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Why not organise a simple soup lunch in your parish?

If you are inspired by Mollie and the many parish volunteers across the diocese, click here to find out more about how you can hold a simple soup lunch and support CAFOD’s work overseas.

If you would like to know more about becoming a parish volunteer, call 0113 275 9302 or send us an email leeds@cafod.org.uk to organise a good time to discuss this rewarding volunteering role.

Support and training for new parish volunteers is available.

 

 

Leeds School girl Lois, is a shining example of Live Simply

Lois is a student from Holy Name Catholic Primary school in Leeds, and is taking direct action campaigning to make sure Leeds schools use less single use plastic, all in her bid to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor or Leeds.

                                      Lois’ campaign message on single use plastic

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Lois gets support and advice from her local MP Alex Sobel, inspiring others to ‘Live Simply’

Holy Name Primary school have been involved with CAFODs Live Simply award (one of two primary schools from the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstal)

Lois is raising awareness of how to reduce single use plastic in her school and the message has spread across social media and on local radio broadcasts.

Lois has been visiting other Catholic Primary schools across the deanery and met her local MP Alex Sobel to make sure this issue of reducing single use plastic is heard by the widest audience possible

Lois said “I hope this campaign as part of my bid to become Children’s Lord Mayor, will encourage schools in Leeds to reduce their use of single use plastic and stop creating such a polluting impact on our oceans.”

CAFOD representative, Bronagh Daly said “Lois is such an inspiration for our school children, her actions can inspire more people in our Diocese to do more to reduce their dependency on single use plastic, and care for our common home. We wish Lois all the very best of luck for her campaign to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds.”

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For more information on the voting process for the Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds, click here (voting closes 19 September 2018

For more information on how your parish can become a Live Simply click here.

Sat 10th Nov: CAFOD retreat ‘Countering Comsumerism’ Book your place

What does it mean to be holy?
How can we find holiness given our busy modern lives?

Countering Consumerism Retreat 2018 Leeds

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad). He encourages us to open our eyes, ears and hearts, to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our often limited horizons.

Book your place on the retreat

We are invited to be disturbed by faith, challenge the culture of consumerism and respond to the Pope’s profound invitation to care for our common home. Pope Francis asks us to find time for our own holiness.

So this autumn, take time out of your everyday life to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas.

The retreats are free of charge and all are welcome, whether or not you have been involved in CAFODs campaigns

Saturday 10th November
Leeds retreat: Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingly Lane, Leeds, LS6 2BX, 10-4pm. Lunch will be provided. Book your place here

If you are not able to attend the Leeds retreat, have a look at the alternative dates across England and Wales and choose a date that suits you best. Booking is essential.

For more information contact Joanne or Bronagh on (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk