CAFOD are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
CAFOD reach out to people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture. Through their global Church network, one of the largest in the world, they have the potential to reach everyone. And they campaign for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life.
The Parish of St Joseph has supported CAFOD for many years. The group was run for around a decade by Honor and Alan Franks. Over the years we have campaigned for poverty alleviation, access to clean water, action on climate change and an end to hunger. We also raise money for CAFOD through our Fairtrade stalls, soup lunches, chocolate tasting mornings and Fast Day appeals. We’ve always received a lot of support from the parishioners both at St Joseph’s and St Michael’s and we’re very grateful for your generosity.
2022 marks CAFOD’s 60th anniversary. To celebrate, the parish CAFOD group served buns and cakes in the hall after Mass at St Michael's and St Joseph's. Thanks to everyone who joined the celebrations – and thank you for your generous donations, which totalled £95.30!
In Lent this year, Viv Hinde took on the Walk Against Hunger Challenge to raise money for CAFOD's fight to end hunger.
Viv walked an incredible 570km, smashing her original target of 200km, and raised £599! Thank you to everyone who donated.
£500 can provide an entire community with pepper seeds for planting season, so your kind donations will make a huge difference to people suffering from malnutrition.
Over half a million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in Ukraine. They need food, water, shelter and medical assistance.
As a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), CAFOD is joining with the UK’s leading aid charities to support frontline aid workers and help those in greatest need.
To raise funds for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, our parish CAFOD group organised a raffle of delicious Fairtrade goods. The total amount raised was an amazing £330!
All prizes have now been claimed – congratulations to the winners! Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket.
Thank you for your gift of £330.00 to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. With your support, the staff and volunteers of our sister organisations can continue to provide meals, shelter and protection to the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Ukraine.
Caritas Spes is a charitable mission of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine. Its director, Father Vyacheslav Grynevych, said:
‘My colleagues are working day and night. We prepare projects and coordinate activities even when we’re hiding in bomb shelters. We are trying to respond to this situation as fast as we can. Thank you for your support. It is very important for us as humanitarian organisations that we see that we are not alone in this terrible situation.’
Please keep the people of Ukraine and all our brothers and sisters affected by conflict in your thoughts and prayers.
You may have seen a number of posts on our social media pages during the COP26 Summit which told how our parish and pupils sent their message to the world leaders.
The story is told in the document which you can download from the link below.