Bingley: Sacred Heart church welcomes families and volunteers to Fast Day briefing

On Saturday 19th January 2019, Sacred Heart church in Bingley opened up their doors to welcome families, CAFOD volunteers and supporters to a Lent Family Fast Day briefing held straight after the 5pm mass. Sacred Heart Bingley’s CAFOD Parish Volunteer Maria Beckwith helped to organise the event along with Fr Sean and the parish’s Third World Interest Group (TWIG)

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Bronagh Daly, CAFOD representative for the Diocese of Leeds delivered a presentation outlining the opportunity for prayer, fasting and fundraising during the Lenten Appeal to support families who live in the world’s most poorest countries.

“I was delighted to meet with so many CAFOD supporters, parish Volunteers and families who came along to our Family Fast Day briefing at Scared Heart, Bingley.”

Families and CAFOD volunteers had a look at all the Lent video, envelopes, posters and resources available to help them to pray, fast and give alms this Lent to support families like Mahinur’s who struggle to find enough food to eat. There was a great energy at the event, and Fr Sean commented that the parish will be praying and giving alms in the weeks around the Family Fast Day. Parishioners were thankful to see so many people from neighbouring parishes in the deanery attend the event, Maria Beckwith acknowledged those who had travelled a distance to come along and thanked everyone for their continued support in changing the systems and structures that create poverty.

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After 20 minutes fishing in the river outside her home, Mahinur has caught just one small fish.

All those who attended watched the video from our partners in Bangladesh showing the hardship Mahinur’s family are facing, how the fish have all gone from the river due to flooding. Sacred Heart church, along with many other parishes across the Diocese of Leeds will be joining Mahinur in solidarity by having a simple meal on Family Fast day and give alms to CAFOD to support those who hunger and thirst.

The next Family Fast Day Briefing will be at St Stephen’s Church, straight after the 9:30am mass on Sunday 10th February. Families, CAFOD volunteers and supporters are all very welcome to attend. Please let your CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator Bronagh Daly know you will be coming by sending an email to or call (0113) 275 9302.

And don’t forget to send us pictures of your Family Fast Day, prayer, fasting and fundraising or even a recipe from your soup lunch and we can share them on CAFOD in Leeds Twitter and CAFOD in Leeds Facebook.


VACANCY: Office Volunteer

Would you like to support our CAFOD Volunteer Centre, minimum one day per week? A typical office volunteering day could involve a mix of the following activities:

Daisy First Day Office Volunteer with Share the Journey mail out

Daisy: one of our most recent office Volunteer preparing resources for Parish Volunteer refugee walk events

  • Welcoming volunteers
  • Updating the database
  • Phone calls
  • Posting letters
  • Photocopying
  • Shredding
  • Editing the monthly Volunteer eBulletin
  • Events and hospitality
  • Updating the display board

Full training and travel expenses will be provided

To apply for the volunteer vacancy, click here or call (0113) 275 9302 for more details


Madeline Steps into the Gap at LTU

We are delighted to welcome Madeline Woods to CAFOD in the Diocese of Leeds as a ‘Step into the Gap’ Volunteer. Madeline started her placement at Leeds Trinity University 4 weeks ago, welcoming Fresher’s and returning students and sharing opportunities for them to explore their faith through the chaplaincy services.

Madeline will be supporting the Chaplaincy team with CAFOD campaigns, prayer and fundraising actions throughout the year. As part of her year with CAFOD, Madeline will be visiting local schools and parishes to talk about her experience in Global Development and is currently preparing for her international visit, working with our charity partners in, Uganda.


Madeline has done quite a few things such as helping with tea on the landing at Leeds Trinity University and talking to staff and students about CAFOD. Recently Madeline organised a soup event for Harvest fast day raising £25, from doing this Madeline was able to raise awareness for CAFOD.


Today Madeline met the Mini Vinnies at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School in Leeds, to hear about their fundraising for CAFOD to support the people in Indonesia


If you would like to invite Madeline to your school or parish, please get in touch with Bronagh (0113) 275 9302 or send us an email to


For more information about CAFOD’s gap year programme ‘Step into the Gap’ please click here

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