Leeds pupils Brighten Up lives across the world this Harvest

Local pupils have raised over £100 to help overseas communities living in extreme poverty.

Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy has held a number of exciting events through school to Brighten Up the lives of others around the world as part of development charity CAFOD’s Harvest fundraising campaign. holy name harvest bright prayers

On 5 October, every class in the school got involved in the campaign: making colourful mosaics, prayer spots and year two were even able to climb over the rainbow!


This year, due to poverty and injustice, Harvest will not be bright for millions of children and young people around the world who will miss out on food, clean water and even going to school.


But the support of schools in places like Leeds is helping to change this by raising money, enabling CAFOD to work alongside some of the world’s poorest communities as they find ways to overcome their many challenges.


RE Lead at Holy Name, Philip Stewardson, said: “On CAFOD’s Family Fast Day, Holy Name concentrated on the theme of ‘Brighten up’.  We had an introduction assembly that explained to the children the role of CAFOD and how even the small amounts can help – this was linked to sweets and games consoles.”


CAFOD’s representative in Leeds, Joanne Clark, said:


“Harvest is a time of abundance of both crops and of life in the community. This event has shown the abundance of compassion in Holy Name, whose kindness will help communities around the world.”

Leeds Diocese Remember Loved Ones At Memorial Mass

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 Lead Carlton Fundraising

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.

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