27th July deadline: Callout to young people to send Frank Cottrell-Boyce your messages of Hope!

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We are so excited to announce that children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce will creating a unique piece of writing on behalf of CAFOD around the theme of ‘hope’ – but we need your help!

Over July, Frank hopes to capture children’s and young people’s thoughts and feelings to help him create this unique piece for CAFOD’s Summer of Hope.

So, we are inviting all young people across England, Wales and internationally to be a part of this hopeful, inspirational piece.

Time to get involved!

To take part, all you need to do is tell us – in just one word, or one sentence, in a picture or design – what gives you hope.

Please email your ideas, along with your first name, your age and your town, to schools@cafod.org.uk before Monday 27 July – and make sure to ask permission from an adult first!

We will then share this piece through our schools’ work and on our digital channels in September. You can keep up to date with all our latest news by following our social media channels:

CAFOD in Leeds Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CafodLeeds

CAFOD in Leeds on Twitter – https://twitter.com/CAFODLeeds

CAFOD Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cafod/

Please note, by sending in your submission (whether written or drawn) you give CAFOD permission to reproduce it for use for this project, and others, including media work.

Thurs 18th June 10am, LIVE on CAFOD YouTube; School Assembly


18 June 2020


Watch on YouTube

Summer of Hope Assembly with date

Join this live assembly to hear how the lives of others around the world are being impacted by coronavirus

  • Be informed about what is happening
  • Be inspired about how hope can change lives
  • Become active in making a difference

Learn how you, with your friends and families, can have fun while also making a difference to others in these unprecedented times.

How can I watch the assembly?

Join us on Thursday 18 June at 10am to be involved in the YouTube Premiere.

Watch on CAFOD’s YouTube channel


Please click here for the CAFOD Assembly 18th June Summer of Hope Guidance notes for School staff and parents (to help your children join in the assembly)

Just Joining ‘JustGiving’; one parish’s story so far

The Parish of St John Mary Vianney’s has been brought together by a common cause at a time when they, along with the rest of the UK, must be physically apart: the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. The Parish has become the first in the Diocese to create their own Parish JustGiving Page for the Appeal.

Many of us are familiar with the little CAFOD donation envelopes at the back of our Churches. But in a time when we cannot enter our places of worship, alternative ways of making donations have been created. CAFOD are encouraging Parishes to set up their own individual Parish JustGiving Pages to support their Coronavirus Appeal.

SJMV Justgiving page 2020


The St John Mary Vianney JustGiving Page was set up and is managed by Martin McKibbin, a member of the St John Mary Vianney CAFOD Group. The page has already raised £230 for the coronavirus appeal which will help CAFOD to deliver food to where it is most needed, improve hygiene and sanitation in households and communities and raising awareness about risks and prevention measures.

As the UK lockdown has put an end to groups face-to-face meetings, they have been meeting online instead. In a meeting in May, the eight attendees decided that creating a Parish JustGiving Page would be the best way for St John Mary Vianney’s to support CAFOD while Churches remain closed.

Vince Borg, a member of the Parish CAFOD Group said: We felt we had a responsibility to lead the way and continue our long tradition of supporting poor communities abroad with CAFODbecause St John Mary Vianney’s is also the largest Parish in the Diocese of Leeds.

But it is also expected that the Parish JustGiving Page will have positive repercussions more locally too. The CAFOD Group believe that it will help St John Mary Vianney’s to nurture a Parish identity during a time when it is perhaps more fragile than usual. It is hoped that the page will become a source of pride for the parishioners as they work together to reach to support their brothers and sisters in need.

SJMV Churches pic 2020

It is not only the CAFOD Group working to maintain the spiritual relationship between Parishioners and the Church. Fr Philip, the parish priest, is also working hard to help his parishioners continue feel connected to the Parish. Each Sunday he provides mass from the Immaculate Heart Church, which along with the Church of St Paul the Apostle forms the Parish, on the Parish’s YouTube channel.

The St John Mary Vianney’s Parish identity extends further than its two Churches. The Parish is also connected to two primary schools: Immaculate Heart of Mary and St Paul’s Catholic Primary. The Parish’s history of supporting CAFOD extend to the schools too: this lent Immaculate Heart raised over £100 for CAFOD. But, with most pupils still learning remotely from home, the link between the Parish, the children and CAFOD has changed.

The Parish’s weekly online bulletin now includes a link to CAFOD’s Children’s Liturgies LIVE, providing parents with a new way to get children involved with CAFOD outside of school. These online children’s liturgies began running during lockdown, and are every Sunday at 10am. They include the week’s Gospel story, prayers, activities and songs. Their creation of a space where families can join each other for a short while in faith have attracted international participation, with families from as far as Australia joining in!

The Parish of St John Mary Vianney has shown that while schools are still closed for most pupils, and parishioners are still unable to attend mass, the positive impact parishes have on the world can continue unaffected.

By setting up a Parish JustGiving Page for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal, the St John Vianney CAFOD Group have made a difference to both the lives of people in the most vulnerable communities, and to the sense of identity in their own parish.


If you are interested in setting up a JustGiving Page for your Parish, please click here

For more support getting online you can call your local CAFOD worker leeds@cafod.org.uk between the hours of 9:30am and 2:30pm