All Quiet at Holy Trinity School in Newark

It’s great keeping up with our Catholic Schools through Twitter!  Wonderful photos and activities being shared so we can celebrate and say thank you for all their hard work this Lent.  Especially as all donations, up to the £5million will be doubled, yes doubled, by UK government!!

And then a strange photo appears………..  What’s this?   What’s going on here? holy trinity offline

And then the explanation………….

“You might have noticed things were a little quiet yesterday! This was because Holy Trinity went ‘paper and technology free’ for the day to raise money for @CAFOD during the season of Lent!


We had a great day! Lots of different creative activities going on around the school and making the most of our wonderful outside space as well!”

Well done Holy Trinity, so creative and as well as raising money for CAFOD, raising awareness of the many school children who don’t have access to electricity.  Last term I visited the school to talk about our Power to Be Campaign  which the children really engaged with.power to be .jpg

Leicestershire primary schools #giveitup for Lent!

Maggie Mairura, Community Participation Coordinator shares some inventive ideas from primary schools in Leicestershire!

Many thanks to staff, parents and students at 3 Leicestershire schools for really getting involved in inventive ways this Lent in taking part in CAFOD Schools #giveitupchallenge.

The Chaplaincy Team at St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Earl Shilton, prepared and chopped vegetables donated by staff members in the school’s Prayer Room and then, with the permission of the school ‘s kitchen staff, Anita and Tracey, school Chaplain Jean Connor and her husband Mark cooked the soup, all 32 litres of it, ready for serving the next day during school lunchtime.

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St Peter’s Earl Shilton

Pupils and staff paid £2.00 for a bowl of soup and a bread roll.  On the day the Chaplaincy Team sold £106.00 worth of soup.  More was sold to parents at the end of the school day and finally, they took what was left to an Evening of Reflection on the works of the Holy Spirit, a 6 week course led by  young people of the parish.  The Holy Spirit was truly at work as they sold the remaining containers of soup!  £154.00 in total, so with all donations being doubled by the UK Government this Lent, this makes it an amazing £308.00!

Jean said “We had a great time doing this and one Year One pupil declared it was the best soup she’d ever tasted!!  It is great for the whole school and parish to be able to support CAFOD’s work and giving us the opportunity to help people like Svondo and his friends in Zimbabwe!”

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Sponsored Obstacle Course at Christ the King Leicester

In Leicester, Christ the King came up with two great sponsored events as part of the Lenten Fundraising for CAFOD.  3SN undertook a sponsored obstacle course!

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And then 6JB took part in a sponsored dance ‘busting some moves on the dance floor’ all afternoon!!!  I am guessing that more events are planned by other form groups!

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6JB Sponsored Danc





Finally, St Charles in Measham organisesd a good school favourite – a non- school uniform day, but with a unique twist –  ‘Be a goodie, wear a hoodie’!It is truly inspiring and uplifting to see how our Catholic schools around the Diocese are engaging with this Lent’s #giveitup challenge.  And all donations will be doubled by the UK government.

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‘Be a goodie, wear a hoodie’  at St Charles, Measham



We have a small but growing team of School Volunteers who have the pleasure and privilege of visiting our schools to present assemblies and to say thank you for all the hard work they have done to support CAFOD.  Have you got some time to offer to join us?

Be a CAFOD School Volunteer 



#LiveSimply in the High Peak

Last Saturday afternoon I set out for St Anne’s in Buxton and the stunning scenery along the A515.  I had been invited by Fr Gerry Murphy and the Parish Council who have registered for the CAFOD LiveSimply Award.  They were launching it this weekend and I was going to speak at both Masses.

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It was also an opportunity to meet up with Yvonne, CAFOD parish contact; we had first met back in 1993 when we were doing the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS).  She was also putting me up for the night!


The parish of St Anne’s first registered for the award in 2016 but it was put on hold due to the ill health and subsequent death of Fr Denis Higgins, who had been parish priest for over 30 years.  So now with their new parish priest they were ready to revisit their plans.

The Live Simply Award, originally introduced by CAFOD over 10 years ago, but reinvigorated by the letter of Pope Francis, Laudato Si, calls and challenges Catholic communities to live simply, to live in solidarity with the poor and to live sustainably with creation.  The origins go further back to Populorum Progressio, the 1967 Encyclical written by Pope Paul VI which stated:

“All Catholics are called to act…Catholics of richer lands must play their part to help development. They should be in the forefront of those who fight to build a better world, based on justice and equality.” 

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In 2002, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in their letter The Call of Creation stated; Individual actions may seem insignificant but together the small steps of many people can have an astonishing impact.”  This is truly reflected in the Award being a community achievement, people working together and supporting each other to achieve their Live Simply goals, because “The way we live and the choices we make affect the lives of others.”

And so as a community and as individuals, the parish of St Anne’s will work together to achieve the award through small, simple acts; continuing to support their local food bank and NightStop, working with CAFOD to fundraise and campaign. A big action is working towards being a Fair Trade parish.


Not only does it give the community an opportunity to nurture their spiritual lives, the Live Simply award also offers opportunities to:

  • Strengthen friendships in the parish, school and communities
  • Offer support for taking practical steps
  • Play their part in big issues that affect them and
  • Develop and nourish connections within the wider community in Buxton, in the Diocese, with their global neighbours

So we wish them well on their journey and will encourage them in their efforts as they strive to ‘Live simply so others may simply live’.



Our Lady & St Edwards parish in Thorneywood, Nottingham are also working towards the Award!

Are you interested?