Sharing the Journey in Glossop

Well done to our Catholic Community in Glossop! As well as walking for the Share the Journey campaign, staff and students at St Mary’s Catholic primary school also managed to raise funds! Headteacher Simon Groake told me; “The whole school rallied round to walk through the town to show our support for the plight of refugees and to raise funds for CAFOD’s latest campaign, “Share the Journey”. Parents, family members and parishioners joined the children on their walk. In Norfolk Square we sat and reflected upon the feelings refugees must have. We honoured them with a minute’s silence and sang ‘When I needed a neighbour’  On returning to school, parishioners handed out refreshments for the children after their walk. We hope to have raised £1000 for CAFOD with our sponsored walk. The Liturgy Council organised the whole event to promote the Catholic Life of the School”

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What great witness from the parish and school who added 226 miles to the totaliser that day.    They also managed to get their ‘journey’ published in the local paper, the Glossop Chronicle! Fr Greg Tobin, parish priest said, “I was delighted to see such a positive article in the ‘Chron’ about St Mary’s school joining in the CAFOD ‘share the journey’ campaign. There were some lovely photographs and a form of evangelisation as the school went down into the town highlighting the plight of refugees, and the work of the Church in relieving their suffering through the work of CAFOD”

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Organise a Share the Journey walk

CAFOD’s target was to walk the 24 900 miles that circumnavigate the globe.  As I write today (19/7/18) we have reached 79 220 so we are now on our fourth loop of the globe!

Be a CAFOD School Volunteer?

So many shocks at the World Cup this year…… are we in for a chance?  Is it coming home?? Here at CAFOD in Nottingham Diocese we are delighted with our achievements and have surpassed our targets for the number of schools visited this academic year.

annHowever…….. there are parts of the Diocese that don’t have regular visits from our schools team as we don’t have any volunteers in those areas. Areas where we really need to recruit are Lincolnshire, North Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
Would you, or do you know someone, who may be interested in joining our wonderful Schools Volunteer Team? We provide excellent training and ongoing support.

Tricia and Ann completed their training last term and have been visiting schools, leading workshops on Share the Journey and presenting assemblies.  As Ann told me, “I really enjoyed the excellent training from the CAFOD Schools team and visiting schools in our Diocese.  It is a very rewarding way to spend a morning or afternoon. Come on give it a try!”

Tricia, following her visit to St Charles in Measham received letters of thanks from some of the students thanking her for her workshop

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There is plenty of time to apply and attend our two training days next term. Both days are in York, as we provide training in the Region covering the Dioceses of Hexham & Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hallam and Nottingham. It really gives you an experience of being part of something bigger, of sharing skills and knowledge and ideas.
Every term we also provide a training day for current volunteers to introduce new resources for assemblies and workshops that we can offer our schools. Why not come along to the next one to find out exactly how we work?


Tricia at St Charles, Measham

By supporting our schools you will helping to educate and inform students about the fight against global poverty and injustice and helping them put their faith into action.

Trust me, you will be inspired, motivated, overawed and impressed by the engagement of our students!


DATES for next term
North East Region Training Day for current volunteers
Monday 10th September 2018 St Benedict’s Church, Garforth,  Leeds

North East Region Training Days 1 and 2 for new volunteers –
Friday September 28th & Friday November 9th in York

Don’t be shy………. give us a try!  And help bring CAFOD home to our schools!!




Thank you!

Next week is National Volunteer’s Week and so it is a perfect and timely opportunity to say ‘THANK YOU’.  At St Barnabas Cathedral on  Thursday 7 June at 1pm, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be said for all our volunteers from across the North East Region – the dioceses of Hexham & Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hallam and Nottingham.  All are welcome.

CAFOD’s founding mothers were volunteers who organised the very first Family Fast Day in 1960 and raised funds for one project in one country. founding mothersNow the Catholic community in England & Wales supports over 500 programmes in 43 countries.  This is because of the amazing generosity of individuals, parishes, schools, groups and communities.

But it doesn’t just happen………

Fast day collections happen because someone organises the envelopes to be given out and puts the poster on the noticeboard.

A Harvest Supper happens because someone gathers a few people together to make the soup and get the parish hall ready.

A school takes part in a CAFOD campaign because someone has volunteered their time and passion for a just world by becoming a school volunteer and has done a school assembly.power to be

Someone orders the campaign cards and invites parishioners to sign them; which meant in December 2017 the World Bank took a big step to protect the planet and the poorest people by stating it will stop support for oil and gas after 2019.


Someone arranges for the confirmation group to use the CAFOD Stations of the Cross during Lent.

Someone comes into the Volunteer Centre every week to record school and parish activities and keep things running smoothly!

A school raises over £1000 during Lent, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of someone at schoolctk obstacle

Someone organises that instead of buying Christmas Cards for each other, the parish buy World Gifts.





Someone shares their gifts and talents by organising a concert or carol singing for CAFOD.

Are YOU that someone?    THANK YOU!

Would you like to BE that someone?   THANK YOU!

Find out more here about volunteering with CAFOD