Lent Fast Day Appeal 2015

Today marks the start of the season of Lent, a time when the Catholic community traditionally enter a period of prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Today is also the start of CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, which means that donations received until Sunday 17th May will be matched £1 for £1*, by the UK government.

We are asking volunteers and supporters to help us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity by reading out our appeal letter at Mass for our Fast Day Appeal.

If you haven’t already, please help us by arranging to read out the appeal letter in your parish, which we know makes a huge difference to how much a parish community responds to our appeal.


To get up to speed on how you can support our Lent appeal in your parish, please read through our Lent 2015 Volunteer Tool Kit.

Our simple Lent 2015 parish ‘how to’ guide will help answer any questions you need to be able to support the appeal.

Also, our Lent 2015 A3 and A4 posters can be see below and we can send copies to you to display in your parish.

Fast Day poster

Prayer Resources

We have some wonderful resources to support prayer and reflection this Lent including, Stations of the Cross, Children’s Liturgy, and a Fast Day Prayer. Our online Lenten Calendar provide a prayer and reflection for each day of Lent.

Country Focus

Our country focus this year is on Myanmar, where rebuilding your life after a devastating storm can seem an impossible task. But it was what Kyin Nu and her husband had to do after a cyclone ripped through their community. They lost their business, the food they had worked so hard to produce and worst of all, two of their daughters were killed.

Cyclone Nargis was the strongest cyclone ever to hit Myanmar (formerly named Burma). Over 150,000 people died, and 2.4 million were affected. Half of Kyin Nu’s village were killed. As with many storms, the poorest people suffered the most.

It has been a long, hard struggle for Kyin Nu, but your donations to CAFOD have made a real difference to the community. By planting trees, providing animals and paying people to rebuild roads and protective embankments, we have helped Kyin Nu and the rest of her community get back on their feet.

Thank you

Thank you for all your hard work and effort and please get in touch with the Leeds office if you require any further support leeds@cafod.org.uk

*Lent matched funding offer only valid for donations to the CAFOD Lent Appeal up to a total of £5 million, and for donations received before 17 May 2015.


Join us to hear about our work in Myanmar and El Salvador – Saturday 21st February

On Saturday 21st February we will welcome Clare Dixon, CAFOD’s Head of Latin America and the Caribbean, to meet CAFOD supporters at the Holy Name of Jesus church hall.

Clare will be sharing stories from her time in Myanmar, the country of focus for our Lent 2015 appeal, as well as her recent trip to El Salvador. She will be explaining CAFOD’s approach to international development and detailing how we live out our values in our work.

This is a great opportunity to hear first hand the impact that the support from across the diocese has on changing the lives of people living in poor communities around the world. Here is a video of Clare explaining the significance of the declaration of Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr.

The event will run 4-6pm on Saturday 21st February. You are also invited to join us for mass at 6.30pm. The address for the venue is: The Holy Name of Jesus RC Church Hall, 52 Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 6HW.

Kyin Nu from Myanmar whose story is featured in our Lenten materials

Kyin Nu from Myanmar whose story is featured in our Lenten materials

This is a change to the publicised event as unfortunately our partners from Myanmar are unable to join us.

Don’t Forget This Lent, the government is matching every pound you raise for CAFOD up to £5m! Get in touch with leeds@cafod.org.uk if you’d like to find out more or receive some help with your fundraising.