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!

Donate to Harvest Family Fast Day

Sharing the Journey in Long Eaton

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On Thursday 21st June you may have seen a school on the move! All the pupils and staff of English Martyrs’ Catholic Voluntary Academy walked in unity to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis.

Last September Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign.  He has declared this time a ‘unique opportunity’ for us to press our governments to make global commitments which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart. CAFODs response was to invite Catholics in England and Wales to walk the 24,901 miles which is the distance around the world, not because they want us to keep fit but because it is important that all people are aware of the plight of refugees and migrants around the world.

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We walked a circular route from our school passing our neighbouring schools on the way, it was a distance of 1.14 miles, when we multiplied that by the number of people who were walking (290) we have walked a total of 330 miles. We have added our total number of miles to the CAFOD totaliser and hope that we have done our bit to influence the decisions of World Leaders when they meet at The United Nations this September to develop new global agreements on refugees and migration.

Sharing the Journey in Glossop

Well done to our Catholic Community in Glossop! As well as walking for the Share the Journey campaign, staff and students at St Mary’s Catholic primary school also managed to raise funds! Headteacher Simon Groake told me; “The whole school rallied round to walk through the town to show our support for the plight of refugees and to raise funds for CAFOD’s latest campaign, “Share the Journey”. Parents, family members and parishioners joined the children on their walk. In Norfolk Square we sat and reflected upon the feelings refugees must have. We honoured them with a minute’s silence and sang ‘When I needed a neighbour’  On returning to school, parishioners handed out refreshments for the children after their walk. We hope to have raised £1000 for CAFOD with our sponsored walk. The Liturgy Council organised the whole event to promote the Catholic Life of the School”

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What great witness from the parish and school who added 226 miles to the totaliser that day.    They also managed to get their ‘journey’ published in the local paper, the Glossop Chronicle! Fr Greg Tobin, parish priest said, “I was delighted to see such a positive article in the ‘Chron’ about St Mary’s school joining in the CAFOD ‘share the journey’ campaign. There were some lovely photographs and a form of evangelisation as the school went down into the town highlighting the plight of refugees, and the work of the Church in relieving their suffering through the work of CAFOD”

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Organise a Share the Journey walk

CAFOD’s target was to walk the 24 900 miles that circumnavigate the globe.  As I write today (19/7/18) we have reached 79 220 so we are now on our fourth loop of the globe!