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 or calling 020 7095 5348.

For more information, visit our website.

Inspiring Sister speaks of her work amongst Zambia’s poor

Sr. Yvonne Mwalula Mwila will be visiting Nottingham diocese in February and you’re welcome to come and meet her!


Sr. Yvonne Mwalula Mwila

“Go to places that nobody wants to go. Go and save the poor and the vulnerable. Do what others don’t want to do – especially if it is for the poor and the most vulnerable. The moment you forget Christ and the poor, you cease to exist.”

Powerful words, spoken by Fr. Victor Braun, founder of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They have inspired his congregation ever since, none more so than Sister Yvonne Mwalula Mwila, Mother Superior of the Sisters in Mbala, northern Zambia. She devotes her time to some of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Zambia helping them to make a living as well as training them with new skills.


Florence in front of her fish pond

She works with people like Florence, women looking to provide for their families. With CAFOD’s support, the sisters were able to teach Florence how to build a fish pond and stock it with a bucketful of tiny fish, no bigger than your thumb! With time to grow, the fish are large enough to sell to give Florence an income with which to buy school books and clothes for her children.


The tilapia fish that Florence will farm

Sister Yvonne has a particular passion for people living with HIV and AIDS and she now works with the Households in Distress programme (HID) which aims to reduce impact of HIV/AIDS, working with poor and marginalised. The programme also supports young adults with special needs and vulnerable adults. Describing her work, she says “I feel so privileged to have been part of this service of love.”

We are delighted that Sr. Yvonne will be visiting our Nottingham Volunteer Centre on Saturday 18th February, between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Come and meet her to hear some inspiring stories about the work she is able to do with your support.