CAFOD Cow Raises Money in East Leake


MEMBERS of the Our Lady of the Angels parish in East Leake have used a fun and inventive way to raise money for two CAFOD World Gifts.cafod-cow

Parishioners were able to buy a numbered square on a picture of a cow, as well as a bucket and milk churns which were added.

Each square was sold for £1 and the £150 which was raised enabled a cow and goat to be bought from the CAFOD World Gift catalogue.

The World Gifts are used by CAFOD to transform the lives of individuals, families and communities in the developing world.

Mike Sharpe, parish volunteer at Our Lady of the Angels, helped organise the fundraising.

He said: “Fr Michael Williams selected random numbers from his smartphone and the winner received a wonderful Christmas hamper full of goodies, kindly donated by the Catholic Women’s League.

“This year the winner was parishioner Margaret Laird. She had selected the winning number, 90, as her square since she had her 90th birthday on Christmas Eve!”

For more information on World Gifts, visit

Cross made from driftwood of capsized refugee boats goes on display at Southwell

Maggie Mairura, Community Participation Coordinator, CAFOD Nottingham

A Lampedusa Cross, hand-carved from the driftwood of capsized refugee boats, is being displayed in the parish of Our Lady of Victories in Southwell in an act of solidarity with the plight of refugees.


The cross was presented to Fr Andrew Harding at Mass on Saturday 19 September.  This was then followed by a procession and an official installation of the cross in the parish church, Our Lady of Victories. Members of the local ‘Churches Together’ group were in attendance and over £100 was raised for the Nottingham Refugee Forum.

During this Year of Mercy, parishioners and school children from across Nottingham Diocese have organised pilgrimages, with the cross, to show solidarity with the refugees arriving in the UK, as well as praying for those far from our shores

CAFOD representative in Southwell, Leslie McKenzie, said: “It was a lovely service at which local people prayed for those who are affected by the refugee crisis and remembered those who have lost their lives as a consequence. Lots of people came to spend a few moments at the cross, many people said what a powerful symbol it was and how it honoured those lost.


“Through the pilgrimage, we feel we are offering a welcome to the refugees arriving in the UK, as well praying for those far from our shores. We also feel we are answering the call of Pope Francis to show our love for those who are suffering.”

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The Lampedusa Cross on pilgrimage in Leicester

Maggie Mairura, Community Participation Coordinator, CAFOD Nottingham

The Lampedusa Cross of Nottingham J&P Commission, with the support of CAFOD volunteers and school chaplains, went on a mini pilgrimage in Leicester a couple of weeks ago.


Year 7 students, St Paul’s Evington

Raising awareness of the current refugee crisis and showing solidarity with those affected, the Lampedusa Cross is a tragic and poignant symbol of the hardships and dangers that migrants are facing.   When hundreds of refugees who were fleeing Eritrea and Somalia were drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, the local carpenter, Francesco Tuccio, was moved to gather the driftwood from the wrecked boats and turn them into crosses, which he offered to survivors as a small but powerful symbol of hope.


Pope Francis carried one of the crosses at a memorial service on Lampedusa to commemorate people who have died and the British Museum is also displaying a cross as a reminder to people of the current refugee crisis.


Messages of hope written by students at St Paul’s

Using resources produced by CAFOD, CSAN and Jesuit Refugee Service, hundreds of adults and children have written messages of hope, which CAFOD will distribute to our partners overseas who are working directly with refugees.

The cross was taken to St Paul’s School in Evington, Sacred Heart in Leicester and St John Fisher in Wigston.  It was present at Sacred Heart church during the Faith Fayre on Sunday 9 October.


Anne Cartwright, chaplain at Sacred Heart and St John Fisher schools said “It was an absolute honour to have the Lampedusa cross in both schools. We linked the message of the cross in with our Harvest liturgies which worked well and the students sent messages of hope to the refugees.”


messages of hope written by students at Sacred Heart

Seamus O’Looskan, chaplain at St Paul’s commented, “Inviting our students to pray and reflect, we feel we are offering a welcome to the refugees arriving in the UK, as well praying for those far from our shores. We also feel we are answering the call of Pope Francis to show our love for those who are suffering.”



The Lampedusa Cross also visited the City of Sanctuary Drop In at Holy Cross Centre before spending time at Leicester Cathedral. Find out more about CAFOD’s pilgrimage resources here 


The Lampedusa Cross on display at Leicester Cathedral