A week for CAFOD at English Martyr’s, Long Eaton

Another welcome visit to English Martyr’s Primary School in Long Eaton.  I always enjoy my visit here as it is where my children went and where my granddaughter Leila now goes.


Mrs McElhone and the Chaplaincy team have organised a week for CAFOD and I was invited to take part in the #Giveitup assembly on Monday afternoon.   This year the chaplaincy team have chosen CAFOD as their charity so as well as informing the whole school about CAFOD’s work they are having a ‘Coffee & Croissant’ breakfast for parents on Wednesday morning and on Friday, Family Fast Day, the children can make a small donation and wear green and white that day!

A lovely prayer focus had been prepared and once the children had filled the hall I began and introduced them to Rabiul and his mother, Mahinur

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Rabiul and his family rely on fish in the river for food.  Mahinur goes fishing in the river with her net. But last year there was a drought caused by climate change. The river dried up but now the water has returned. There should be fish in the river as it is the right time of year. But this year she hasn’t yet caught any fish.  lent

See how Mahinur fishes in the river

At the end of the assembly I asked the children what they were giving up for Lent and some were invited to write it on a fish and add to our net!



The Chaplaincy Team 


It started with a tweet!

An inspirational day at the CAFOD Volunteer Centre in Bulwell. Students from Holy Trinity in Newark and English Martyrs’s in Long Eaton converged for some cross-MAT getting to know you!


What scripture shall we use for our liturgy?

It started with a tweet a few months ago when members of St Clare House at Holy Trinity focused on St Clare for the Word of the Week video. I showed this to my neighbours in the Poor Clare Monastery and a visit was arranged. The chaplaincy team at English Martyrs have chosen CAFOD to fundraise for this year so I invited them along too! 

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A really lovely day; after a ‘getting to know you’ Bingo icebreaker the students got into groups to prepare a liturgy; four mixed groups to prepare what we would see, hear, think and do. They then very confidently and prayerfully presented this to us and the community in the Convent Chapel.20190121_114046

At the end of the liturgy we were all invited to write down an act of kindness to pass on to someone else. Sr Francesca (who has been in the Poor Clare’s for 54 years) was given the task to make someone smile whilst a student from English Martyrs was encouraged to give someone a hug; it was from one of the Sisters, she told me proudly! We both love the drawing too! A short Q&A session followed and the Sisters sang a blessing as we left.

Back for lunch and then the students really got stuck in to the activity Life without Taps. Then farewells and back to school; Holy Trinity in their minibus and English Martyr’s on the tram. 

A most enjoyable day! Thank you

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Preparing for Harvest Fast Day in North East Lincs

Last Friday morning I left home nice and early to travel north and then east to visit the furthest outreach of the Diocese, North East Lincolnshire!  There was a very warm welcome from St Mary’s Primary school in Grimsby.

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St Mary’s School, Grimsby

Lovely displays of artwork and written work around the school. And thanks to some of the chaplaincy team for getting in the photo! The CAFOD BrightenUp Assembly was made even brighter by the children of Lisieux House who were all dressed in yellow! It was lovely to share in the news of the recent fantastic achievements of the basketball and tag rugby teams who performed brilliantly in local tournaments. Harvest Fast Day will be celebrated next Friday 5 October which will include donations of food for the local food bank. Since the current Year 6 have started the school has donated nearly £4000 to CAFOD with most of their fundraising done during Lent so some of it will have been doubled due to UKAid match funding. Well done everyone. It was lovely to visit you all. If any parents/grandparents are interested in supporting your school putting their Faith in Action, join us as a school volunteer. You won’t regret it!!

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Wearing my Brighten Up shoes while soaking in the sun

After an opportunity to soak up some sun on Cleethorpes Prom I then visited St Joseph’s School in Cleethorpes. Again I led the CAFOD BrightenUp assembly for Harvest Fast Day. I had met the head Mrs Pollard and some other staff and students when we took part in the Humber Bridge Cross in May. So it was great to meet up again. The children are also combining Fast Day with supporting the local food bank as well as fundraising for CAFOD. What great mission in caring for their local and global neighbours! It was also a very full Good Work Assembly with lots of awards and trophies being given out for attendance, writing and personal achievements. A very expressive and detailed report from the young girl who got a swimming certificate! Great singing, a stunning window, lovely displays of work and a very inviting library! Thank you all at St Joseph’s and I look forward to seeing your Harvest Fast Day photos from your assembly and fundraising tomorrow!

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St Joseph’s School, Cleethorpes

Again, an invitation to consider becoming a CAFOD school volunteer! A great opportunity to support your school putting their Faith into Action!

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