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



6th Jan 2020: Volunteering and CAFOD volunteer centre re-opening

Have you considered volunteering for CAFOD as your New Year resolution?

Sign up HERE to put your faith into action and support our schools and parishes as they pray, campaign and fundraise to help families and communities living in the world’s poorest communities

Volunteer VACANCIES: 

  • Office volunteer x 2 (editing and updating the database)
  • Communications volunteer x 2 (updating our social media and eBulletins)
  • Education volunteer x 6 (visiting schools, delivering workshops and assemblies)
  • Campaign volunteers x 6 (either in parishes or here in the office, sharing campaign news and organising events)

So, what are you waiting for…..sign up today and join our team of fabulous volunteers

For more information, speak to Bronagh (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

We will respond to your application when the volunteer center opens again on the 6th Jan 2020

Fri 20th Sept: CAFOD Harvest Briefing (CAFOD Volunteer Centre, Hinsley Hall)

A warm invitation to all CAFOD Parish Volunteers to hear about our current Harvest Family Fast Day Appeal.

Familly Fast Day Harvest 2019At this event you will meet with fellow CAFOD Parish Volunteers who promote CAFOD within their local Catholic communities through prayer, campaigning and fundraising to support families living in the world’s poorest communities.

We will start the briefing with a prayer reflection, provided by CAFOD theology team and have a look at the case study from Uganda, featuring Fabiano who is thankful for the support from CAFOD to bring a safe water supply within reach of his community.

Projects similar to these are making a real change to the lives of families all across Uganda, and we will explore in the briefing how we can be more careful with our consumption of water, talk about the impact of not having access to a safe source of water and reflect on how our actions have a direct impact on our global brothers and sisters like Fabiano.

What: CAFOD Volunteer Harvest Briefing
Where: CAFOD Volunteer Centre, Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley lane, LS6 2BX
When: 11am Friday 20th September 2019
Why: To prepare for Harvest Family Fast day in our Parishes

Light refreshments will be provided after; a simple soup and bread to help us think about how we can eat simply on Family Fast day on 4th Oct 2019.

If you are interested in attending, please email leeds@cafod.org.uk so we know how many people to cater for.