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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Family Fast Day 2018

Maggie Mairura, Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD in Nottingham Diocese writes…………….

I am obsessed with Hamilton, the musical – what? you’ve never heard of it?  I have been listening to the soundtrack for over a year, watch snippets on YouTube and finally, yes finally will be in the room where it happens on 27/7/18! (I am so obsessed I use song lyrics in my blogs!)hamilton

So a new lot of tickets go on sale today and there will a real frenzy of activity to get them.  So while I sit here smugly knowing that I will be there, I want to invite you to other amazing events taking place; no tickets needed, no frenzied internet activity required, just come along and be blown away by how your support through prayer, fundraising and campaigning makes a difference and you are part of the narrative in bringing about change.


On Sunday 11 February, 4.30 to 6.30pm at the Volunteer Centre in Bulwell, Nottingham not only can hear about our founding mothers, our partners in Zimbabwe and UKaid matched funding but also about my visit last year to our partners in the Philippines.




On Friday 16 February you will be able to meet Livison Chipatiso, our programme office from Zimbabwe who will be sharing his experiences of working with communities to overcome hunger and malnutrition; introducing new farming methods needed to challenge the impact of climate change.   To do this, come and join us at Holy Spirit Church Hall, 4 Stonelow Rd, Dronfield S18 2EP      12 – 2pm   All welcome!

Family Fast Day Resources   

So, you don’t have to wait for it too long   Come and join us knowing that by playing your  part in this years Family Fast Day history has its eyes on !  

Cake sale raises £300 for CAFOD

Mary Crosby explains how she filled her house with prayer.

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Mary and friends pose with their cakes

You’ve cleaned the house, made cakes, got extra milk in, put a notice in the bulletin and hunted out some raffle prizes. It’s been hard work but you think it’s worth it- your efforts will be helping some of the poorest people in the world. But half an hour after you open your doors, no-one has arrived!

That’s the situation Mary Crosby and her friends found themselves in last Saturday. Undeterred, however, the ladies turned to prayer and within a few minutes the house was full and buzzing with chatter. The coffee morning was a huge success. Mary said, “I was very happy by midday and, once everyone left, I went to bed to recover!!”

It was only one of three events that Mary is involved in organising this Lent; she’s also cooked up a soup lunch and is planning “a Lent event after all the weekend Masses”.

We’re enormously grateful for all that her and her parish do for CAFOD- it makes a real difference to the lives of the people we work with. If you’d like to do something similar have a look at our web page for some ideas.