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

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CAFOD and the Year of Mercy at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

The pupils at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy have been extremely busy raising money for CAFOD over Lent, to mark the beginning of the Year of Mercy. The school raised £673.92 during their appeal. Angela Cooke, media volunteer for the Nottingham Diocese, writes about how they did it.

St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, which serves the parishes of English Martyrs and St Ralph Sherwin in the suburbs of south Derby, have been very busy this Lent with their fundraising for CAFOD’s Year of Mercy.

The primary school pupils began their celebration by creating a ‘Mercy Door’ -each pupil wrote a promise to show mercy to others onto a hand-shaped card, which were then stuck on the door into the main hall so all the pupils could enter the liturgy by the Mercy Door.

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The Mercy Door contains promises from each pupil detailing how they will show mercy to others in the Year of Mercy

The school also had a visit from their local CAFOD representative, Anna Bourke. Anna visited the pupils and staff on Shrove Tuesday to present CAFOD’s ‘Make a Splash’ Lenten appeal.

Read more about CAFOD’s ‘Make a Splash’ appeal

Throughout Lent the pupils were all involved in different activities. These included:

  • Filling a water bottle with coins (Year 6)
  • Sponsored fill the bottle with recycled water relay (Year 5)
  • Sponsored fancy dress fun run  (Year 4)
  • Money line – how long could they make a line of coins?  (Year 3)
  • Collecting copper coins in water containers (Year 2)
  • Cake and book sale (Year 1)
  • Afternoon Tea for parents (Reception)
  • Christmas money donations (rather than presents for staff from families)

The school raised an amazing £673.92, up on last year’s total of £597.33! Anna will be visiting the school again in the Summer Term to receive a cheque for the amount.

CAFOD is very grateful for the contribution from the school and the enthusiasm shown by all the pupils.

Jonathan Grattidge, co-head at the school, said that the children have enjoyed participating as a class in raising money for CAFOD again this year. The Make a Splash focus really helped the children relate to the importance of clean, safe water accessible for everyone.

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The children walking through the Door of Mercy




Check out CAFOD’s Year of Mercy resources for primary schools