Leeds diocesan parishioners gathered together to pay respects to loved ones who have died at a CAFOD memorial mass.
A book of remembrance was presented at the mass
The mass took place on Friday November 3 at St Cuthbert’s Church in Bradford and a book of remembrance including the names of CAFOD supporters who have sadly died this year was handed over.
After the mass, there was an opportunity to enjoy a soup lunch in aid of CAFOD, which takes place once a month.
Molly Somerville organises the soup lunches. She said: “We have homemade vegetarian soup with bread and cheese once a month. This is after 12pm mass on the first Friday of the month.
Parishioners enjoyed a soup lunch after the memorial mass
“During Lent this is every Friday and it has become a tradition which has been running for more than 10 years!”
CAFOD representative in Leeds, Bronagh Daly, said: “This is a lovely way to remember loved ones and was CAFOD’s opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made.
“We hope the soup lunches carry on running at St Cuthbert’s Church for many years to come!”
For more information on CAFOD memorial masses, visit our website.
Children in Carlton gathered together to say thank you for their lives and lead fundraising for communities in need across the world.
Children displayed what they were thankful for at the mass
Parishioners young and old at St Mary’s Church raised money in a variety of ways before, during and after mass on Sunday October 15 for CAFOD.
Everybody was invited to bring something they are thankful for to the mass, with a particular emphasis on children. The items ranged from a tin of food to a scooter and were all displayed at mass.
A cake stall run by children from the parish was held after mass, raising an impressive £58.80. Many pupils from Holy Family High School helped out with the fundraising and a further £78.68 was raised by their ‘harvest produce’ stall.
Students from the school also brought along harvest boxes with tins and packets of food to be distributed to the local food bank and to pensioners in the area.
A Bradford primary school had fun wearing strikingly bright colours for a day to raise money for communities across the world.
Staff and pupils all wore bright colours for CAFOD
Staff and pupils at St Cuthbert’s and the First Martyrs’ School all paid a pound to wear exuberant outfits to raise money for CAFOD’s Brighten Up Harvest Fast Day appeal.
The school raised £216 for the appeal, which this year is focusing on helping communities like those in El Salvador, where farming is the dominant profession but the land is often difficult to grow food on.
Many farmers in the South American country use substandard seeds that only last one harvest and cannot cope with pests.