Fri 5th April: Lenten Lookback and lunch

We would like to invite all our volunteers and supporters to a ‘Lenten Lookback’.

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Lenten Appeal posters and pamphlets from past decades will be on display Fri 5th April 2019 11:30am onwards

Join us on Friday 5th April from 11:30am onwards as we meander our way through past decades of CAFOD Lenten appeals, photos and pamphlets and take the opportunity to share experiences and memories of a long history of prayer, campaigning and fundraising to support the world’s poorest communities.

Feel free to drop in anytime you can the display will be open from 11:30am – 2pm and if you have any pamphlets or photos from the past to share, please bring them along.

Everyone is welcome, please bring along a small plate of some simple food to share at the Lenten Lunch afterwards

Date: Friday 5th April 2019
Time: 11:30am – 2pm
Venue: CAFOD, Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 2BX

For more information, or to let us know you will be coming along please email leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 275 9302

Skipton: St Stephen’s Parish prepare for Family Fast Day

Yesterday morning, Father Pat along with parishioners of St Stephen’s Catholic Church in Skipton welcomed Madeline Woods and Bronagh Daly to their Sunday mass to speak about CAFOD, assist with the children’s liturgy and also deliver a Family Fast Day briefing session after mass.

The gospel story on Sunday, told us of how the disciples had faith and trust in Jesus to cast their nets after many failed attempts, and as a result they hauled in a bountiful catch of fish. The children in the liturgy class at St Stephen’s shared with the congregation how they role-played spreading their nets and catching fish based on the gospel, with a catch of their own fish cut out from coloured paper, as well as learning about families in Bangladesh effected by climate change and who struggle to catch enough fish to eat.

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The children and their parents pledged to pray for families like Mahinur’s in Bangladesh, who will be the focus of the Family Fast Day appeal on Friday 15th March. 

CAFOD Parish Volunteer, Shelia Gregory, reflected on the day “The family friendly approach was just brilliant- reaching a different target audience as well as many more people than the usual briefings. Hopefully it will enthuse the next generation. Madeline is young, enthusiastic and so committed and was a great role model for us. Her trip to Uganda obviously affected her so much and her sharing her thoughts and feelings with us was very moving.”

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CAFOD’s ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteer Madeline spoke at the tea and coffee after mass to a gathering of parishioners, young families, CAFOD volunteer and supporters. “It was a great opportunity to share some of the experiences I have had recently in Uganda with communities who now have sustainable access to water and support with land rights. The people I met on Sunday at St Stephen’s were so welcoming and supportive and really interested to hear more about CAFOD’s work with partners in Uganda.”

Bronagh Daly, CAFOD representative for the Diocese said “It was lovely to meet so many young families who are praying for the people of Uganda and Bangladesh, as well as the many other communities CAFOD supports. It was great to spend time with young parents especially who are keen to support their children to put their faith into action and respond to the cry of the poor. I feel so energised after meeting with Brigid, Sinead and Jane and the rest of the families involved with the children’s liturgy group. I really look forward to meeting with them all again soon.”

 

If you would like Bronagh or Madeline to come along to your parish, please get in touch leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 275 9302

For more information about Family Fast Day prayer, campaign and fundraising resources please click here

 

Skipton Family Fast Day briefing Sunday 10th February 2019

Everyone is invited to attend the Family Fast Day briefing on Sunday the 10th of February at St Stephen’s Church Skipton straight after 9:30am mass. During this briefing you will be able to hear about Mahinur in Bangladesh, and her struggle to provide food for her family, and how you can help. You will be able to see prayer resources and begin planning for family fast day which will be happening on the 15th of March 2019. So if you would like to come along please do and bring your families, friends and anyone who may be interested to find out more with you!  So why not come along?

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Mahinur in Bangladesh – no one should call this dinner.

If you would like to find out more about Family Fast Day click here  

Event: Family Fast Day briefing
Venue: St Stephens, Castle View Terrace, Skipton BD23 1NT
Time: 9:30am

You don’t need to book a place just come along and we look forward to meeting you there