CAFOD at St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, Bradford

Researched and written by Matty Maslen, CAFOD volunteer

CAFOD Leeds’ very own ex-gapper Madeline Woods is now the Chaplain for St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College (SBSJ), Bradford. SBSJ is one of the biggest Catholic school in the country.

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Madeline, third from left, pictured with fellow gappers visiting CAFOD partners in Uganda in 2019 as part of the Step into the Gap programme

 Although she is still new to the post, Madeline has already managed to start a CAFOD group at the school. It currently has four members from Year 8, with more showing interest in joining. It formed quite spontaneously while on a trip to Revelation where the students talked to Madeline about their passion for the work of CAFOD especially around climate change and social justice.

 SBSJ’s newly formed group are hoping to help the school achieve CAFOD’s livesimply award. This is awarded to communities who are able to show they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation. In order to be granted the award, Madeline has been working to make the CAFOD group a space that will tap into the pupils’ desire to make the world a better place. The group is intended to help turn the members’ passion into action.

 During this season of Lent, Madeline put up CAFOD Lent calendars in each form room in the school to encourage the students to pray, fast and give. She also sent out an SBSJ Chaplaincy newsletter before schools closed as part of the Covid-19 lockdown in March. The newsletter featured CAFOD and provided links to online resources for the students to access.

            Although Chaplains are not classed as key workers, since schools were closed Madeline has been keeping busy. It is important to remember that it is not only the academic aspect of school life that has been disrupted by this pandemic. As she said: We know that the job we do is essential in helping young people to practise their faith through this time.

To help her school community through this strange time, she has been sending out prayer slides to all staff and students, and is currently creating a guide to the Bible for the students. The work that Chaplains around the world have been doing during this time when so many people are unable to access a Church is important to help people continue to feel connected both to their faith and to the wider family of the Church. Let us all remember that, as Madeline said: “There are many ways that we can live our faith in this difficult time”.

If you would like to see a video of some of the work Madeline has been doing at SBSJ then please click on the link below:

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 or call (0113) 275 9302

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