Sat 10th Nov: CAFOD retreat ‘Countering Comsumerism’ Book your place

What does it mean to be holy?
How can we find holiness given our busy modern lives?

Countering Consumerism Retreat 2018 Leeds

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad). He encourages us to open our eyes, ears and hearts, to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our often limited horizons.

Book your place on the retreat

We are invited to be disturbed by faith, challenge the culture of consumerism and respond to the Pope’s profound invitation to care for our common home. Pope Francis asks us to find time for our own holiness.

So this autumn, take time out of your everyday life to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas.

The retreats are free of charge and all are welcome, whether or not you have been involved in CAFODs campaigns

Saturday 10th November
Leeds retreat: Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingly Lane, Leeds, LS6 2BX, 10-4pm. Lunch will be provided. Book your place here

If you are not able to attend the Leeds retreat, have a look at the alternative dates across England and Wales and choose a date that suits you best. Booking is essential.

For more information contact Joanne or Bronagh on (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk

Skipton walkers add one hundred miles to around the world refugee solidarity walk

Skipton walkers add one hundred miles to around the world charity challenge

A group of Skipton locals have joined thousands of others to help complete a 24,900-mile walk around the world in solidarity with refugees.

St Stephen's STJ walk

Walking in solidarity with refugees

 

 

On 8 July, over fifteen supporters of the international development charity CAFOD contributed 128 miles to the challenge as they completed a walk down a sunny canal side to Silsden, where they met with another group of walkers coming from Keighley.

Catholics from England and Wales have been supporting the campaign, launched by Pope Francis in September 2017, and have already walked over 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. And now they are aiming to walk the equivalent of the distance again. The campaign calls on the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations to ensure that people forced to flee their homes are treated with dignity.

Sheila Gregory, one of the walkers, said: “All of us felt the need to walk in solidarity with refugees fleeing war, persecution and poverty around the world.

“In a poignant moment, we stopped at the memorial to the Polish airmen and stood in silence to remember all who have died far from their homes.

“We also carried with us a Lampedusa Cross, made me a carpenter on the Island from the wood of a wrecked boat which had carried refugees.”

CAFOD local representative in Leeds, Bronagh Daly, said:

“We want to say a massive thank you to the community in Skipton for their walk. They came together and showed local leaders that protecting refugees and migrants is an important issue to their communities.

Share the Journey will deliver a powerful message to world leaders that we want new global agreements that ensure refugees and migrants can live fairly and with dignity.”

Find out how you can join the campaign at cafod.org.uk/sharethejourney

Garforth parishioner raises £430 at Summer Garden Party

St Benedict’s, Garforth parishioner Andrea has raised just over £430 at a recent Summer Garden Party in aid of CAFOD’s work to support the world’s poorest families.

Andrea Grant Summer Party St Benedicts with 2 ladies in foreground

Summer Fundraising Fun in Garforth

Andrea has organised parties like this over the last few years and also volunteers as a CAFOD Parish Volunteer in her local church, helping to raise awareness of CAFOD during the Lenten and Harvest Fast Day appeals. Andrea also liaises with several other CAFOD supporters in the local area who help others to pray and campaign in response to the cry of the poor

 

Andrea told us the fundraising event was a success, “ I am delighted to say that we had an enjoyable and rewarding day on Saturday.  We had 68 guests and helpers, everyone out in the garden thanks to the perfect weather. I shall be  sending a cheque to CAFOD for the £400 raised on the day and a further £30+ for donations from recent pyramid boxes.”

Andrea Grant Summer Party St Benedicts

CAFOD Parish Volunteer, Andrea thanks everyone who helped and attended the Summer Garden Party

If you would like to organise a fundraising event like this, here are our ‘fundraising how-to guide’ to help you get started.

 

If you would like to get more involved with your parish and support prayer, campaigning or giving please register your interest using our volunteer sign up form.