“This is not a moment, it’s a movement”

A fitting quote from my current favourite musical –  Hamilton!

The current international response to the impact and crisis of climate change has drawn together so many different voices;The Time is Now

Pope Francis in his letter Laudato Si;

David Attenborough and his recent TV programme on the subject;

school children from so many countries going on strike inspired by one of their peers, Greta Thunberg.

And here at CAFOD we provide YOU with the opportunity to get involved in the movement through prayer and action.

Order your Creation Celebration guide to gather your parish/school community in prayer

creation celebration posterSign the Our Common Home climate campaign petition

Join us at the Climate Change Mass Lobby of Parliament.

 If you want to travel to the Lobby and join our Climate Pilgrimage, the coach will be picking up at Nottingham Train Station at 7am and Leicester Train Station at 8am,

Christmas Gifts from Our Lady of the Angels, East Leake

Mike Sharpe, CAFOD parish contact, shares the parish fundraising activities at Christmas

The parish of Our Lady of the Angels in East Leake had a busy Christmas raising fund for CAFOD.  They repeated the CAFOD cow (and calf) raffle with parishioners filling in squares at a £1 a go.   First prize was a wonderful hamper donated by the parish Catholic Women’s League (CWL)  A total of £131 for CAFOD and the hamper was won by parishioner Margaret Charles


Margaret, the lucky winner of the Christmas Hamper

The Children’s Liturgy group made a Parish Christmas card this year. People signed it instead of sending individual cards to friends in the parish and made a donation to CAFOD, raising just over £70.  What a great idea!

Find out more about our World Gifts. Not just for Christmas!


Mike Sharpe, CAFOD parish contact (and school volunteer!) said “with the money raised

Xmas card 2

members of the Children’s Liturgy group

the parish used the World Gifts catalogue to buy a cow, goat and a pig – we will be able to start a farm soon!”


The parish CWL held their annual Christmas Fayre in early December selling a wide range of Christmas goodies, cakes, books etc and also had a tombola bottle stall. The Fayre raised over £540 and this was shared between CAFOD and a Syrian Refugee appeal being sponsored by the CWL at a national level.

CWL Fayre

CWL Christmas Fayre

Thank you  to Fr Michael and all at Our Lady of the Angels for your creative ideas and everyone getting involved and remembering the gifts we can share with our global neighbours.   And plans are already in place for another fundraising event – this time a barn dance on Saturday 10th February 2018

Barn dance poster

Have you got a story to share of  your parish or school fundraising?

We would be delighted to hear from you?

Remember Loved Ones at November Memorial Mass

CAFOD are offering an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died with a memorial mass this November.

Memorial Mass

The memorial mass will be held in Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The memorial mass for the Nottingham diocese is taking place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on Monday November 13 at 7pm.

At the mass, a book of remembrance will be presented by CAFOD. This will include names of supporters who have sadly passed away during the year.

CAFOD representative in Nottingham, Maggie Mairura, said: “This is a lovely way to remember loved ones and anyone is welcome to join us for the mass.

“This is CAFOD’s opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made. Without them we would not be able to reach those most in need.”

You can add a loved one’s name to the book of remembrance by emailing remembrance@cafod.org.uk or calling 020 7095 5348.

For more information, visit our website.