18th May Holy Name, Leeds: Climate Conversation

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Madeline Woods is a ‘Step into the Gap’ volunteer for CAFOD and this weekend she will be helping the Live Simply’ group from the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstal, to host a Climate Conversation and activities, at Holy Name Church Hall, Cookridge from 2pm – 4pm.

The Live Simply group have invited Alex Sobel MP to meet children from the local catholic primary and secondary schools as well as members of the cubs, scouts and brownies groups. Families who attend the Children’s Liturgy sessions in all three churches in the parishes have also been invited. There will be organised activities for all ages, and a discussion about how we can all act to make our daily lives less damaging to the planet.

The event is targeted at those under the age of 15 and their families who would like to know more about how they can get involved to shape communities of the future, with lowered carbon emissions, sustainable renewable energy and reduced burden on our planet’s natural resources. gappers car uganda

Madeline has recently returned from a CAFOD trip to Uganda and is keen to share her stories from her visit with the young people who will be attending.


“At this event, we will have an inter-generational discussion about how we can all act on climate change, both as individuals and collectively as a parish. Every effort we make to reduce our carbon emissions will have a positive impact for those living in the world’s poorest countries, who often feel the impact of climate change the worst.”

If you would like to attend, please email hnoffice.ourladyofkirkstall@dioceseofleeds.org.uk so we know how many people to expect.

What: Climate Conversation
Who: Alex Sobel MP Leeds North, Madeline Woods (CAFOD Gap Year Volunteer), Our lady of Kirkstal Live Simply group and parish members up to the age of 15 and their families.
Where: Holy Name Church Hall, 52 Otley Old Rd, Leeds LS16 6HW
When: Saturday 18th May, 2pm – 4pm
Why: To challenge and change the systems and structures that cause climate change, and poverty

If you are not able to attend, you can join St Urban’s parishioners on Sunday 19th May for their Creation Celebration, with guest speaker Bernard Balibuno CAFOD’s Country Representative for the Democratic Republic of Congo who will share updates on how our support to communities facing the impact of climate change makes a real difference. For more information about St Urban’s Creation Celebration please click here.

If you would like to know more about how you and your school or parish can get involved with CAFOD’s Our Common Home campaign click here.


St Joseph’s Parish and RC Primary School have doubled their efforts this Lent

The CAFOD group at St Joseph’s Pontefract held a Soup and Bread Meal on 22nd February to raise money for the Lent Fast Day Appeal.

Tickets were sold the week before at £2 each and CAFOD group members made soups and delivered them to the School Hall before the 11:30am Mass.


At the meal, the theme of CAFOD’s latest campaign was introduced by creating a display about climate change and handing out ‘switch me off’ and ‘turn me down’ stickers.


The pupils at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Pontefract also got involved during the week of St. Valentine’s Day. We provided them with heart templates from the CAFOD website on which the children wrote pledges, prayers or messages on the theme of caring for creation. We then combined the hearts to form one giant heart, which was displayed at the meal.


The meal was a great success and raised £146.70, which have twice the impact this year as the appeal is being Match Funded by the Department for International Development*.

A big thank you to Hannah and Kate Jones for sending in this story and photos as well as the parish group for organising the event and to everyone who attended. Please send in your stories and photos to leeds@cafod.org.uk

*All donations received as part of our Lent appeal between Ash Wednesday, 18 February, and Sunday 17 May 2015, and the UK government will match what you give, up to a total of £5 million. You can donate here.