Young Harrogate parishioners inspire us to live simply this Christmas

Krista from St Aelred’s in Harrogate got in touch with us today to let us know about their entry into the Christmas tree display

The children’s liturgy at St Aelred’s Church in Harrogate entered the annual Christmas tree display at St John’s Church in Knaresborough on behalf of CAFOD.

The tree was called ‘Tree to Care For our Common Home; Earth’ and is based on the CAFOD campaign for Global healing and Pope Francis’ call on the damage being inflicted on our common home and how we need to make urgent lifestyle changes to protect the planet, improve quality of life and prevent poverty.

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All the beautiful decorations were hand made by the children using recycled waste. The trees will be on display from the 1st-9th December.

 

If you would like to know more about how your parish can live more simply this Christmas click here or get in touch with us here in the volunteer center leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 275 9302

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 leeds@cafod.org.uk

 

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

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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.”