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.


Applications for Step into the Gap now being taken!

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Aged 18 – 30? Want to make a difference?

Step into the Gap invites you to explore and express your faith. You’ll have the chance to volunteer in the UK and overseas, experiencing new cultures and meeting inspiring people along the way.

For more the information about Step into the Gap and to apply, please visit our .

The deadline for application is on Monday 31st March 2014.

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Step Into the Gap Deadline 23rd May!

There’s only 8 days left until the deadline of the Step Into the Gap programme. If you’re 18 – 30 and fancy a year out focused around youth work at home and charity work abroad then why not apply and have a life changing experience. Joe Dennison is a local lad who’s coming to the end of his year on the programme. Here are some of his thoughts and experiences.

Hi my name is Joseph Dennison and I was lucky enough to be part of the CAFOD Step in to the Gap team this year.

I was based in Newcastle and Hexham Diocese working with the Youth Ministry Team or YMT for short. Living and working at the ‘Youth Village’, the Diocesan residential centre, where we work with young people from the ages of 8 to 18. I was also lucky enough to get to take part in four high school missions, where the team go in to a school for a week and work with every student from years 7-11 and 6th form.

All this is done while also living in community with the rest of the team. I have been lucky enough to be able to work and live with people who have now become my friends.

As part of ‘Step Into the Gap’ we also got the chance go on an overseas trip to see just how the money raised by CAFOD is used within the countries that they work. I was fortunate to go and spend a month in Sierra Leone, Western Africa.

The month in Sierra Leone was a truly amazing experience and one that will stay with me for the rest of my life. To be able to actually see firsthand the difference that CAFOD and its partners make in the lives of the people they help and to see the very simple but effective ways that they do this was inspiring. It was also a very humbling experience to get to meet and talk with the local people about their lives and the struggles they faced each day.

After a month of meeting the locals and being able to truly experience their way of life and the culture that they live in, the overwhelming feeling from my time was one of great hope. The people of Sierra Leone are extremely and forever grateful for the help they have been given but they also have a great desire to be able to help themselves and they are working hard to ensure that this happens.

The opportunity that CAFOD and YMT has given me has been a hard one, but a life changing one and this will be a year that I will never forget and I would advise anyone who is thinking about taking on the great challenge to grab it with both hands and GO FOR IT!!!

For more information visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year or email youngleadership@cafod.org.ukImage