cafodCAFOD is the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. 

Lent Family Fast Day Appeal

This Lent your donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day Appeal will be matched by the UK Government. This means that your donations will be doubled, up to a total of £5 million. So you can transform twice the number of lives. You can give twice the number of children the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.  More information and how to donate can be found here.

A special Lenten fast prayer

Give up harsh words: use generous ones.
Give up unhappiness: take up gratitude.
Give up anger: take up gentleness and patience.
Give up pessimism: take up hope and optimism.
Give up worrying: take up trust in God.
Give up complaining: value what you have.
Give up stress: take up prayer.
Give up judging others: discover Jesus within them.
Give up sorrow and bitterness: fill your heart with joy.
Give up selfishness: take up compassion for others.
Give up being unforgiving: learn reconciliation.
Give up words: fill yourself with silence, and listen to others.

Anonymous, Latin America

Fast day Prayer

God of love,
Maker of all
Transform my heart
through my Lenten journey
of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Help me to see the dignity
in all my sisters and brothers,
made in your image and likeness.
Inspire me to share
the  fruits of your creation
so that all your people
can become artisans
of their own destiny.
Through Christ our Lord


CAFOD dismayed by Sainsbury’s move away from Fairtrade

CAFOD has warned Sainsbury’s not to ditch the Fairtrade mark on their own-brand tea, at the supermarket’s annual meeting.

Campaigners dressed up as tea bags and brought a giant teapot with a message for shareholders at Sainsbury’s. Fairtrade tea empowers farmers and producers in some of the world’s poorest communities. So their message was simple: don’t ditch Fairtrade tea.

While Sainsbury’s has said the ‘Fairly Traded’ scheme it will trial for its tea will operate in a similar way to Fairtrade, small scale producers say they are concerned that they will lose control over how the money made from their goods can be spent.

You can sign the petition here: Fairtrade

PRAYER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT – inspired by “Laudato Si”

Living God,
have mercy on us,
for the times we forget
that we belong to each other.
You call us to be still,
to hear the whisper of our Sister Wind,
to feel the radiance of our Brother Sun,
and to be nourished by our Mother Earth.
Renew us in your healing love.
Inspire us to water the earth,
and nurture one another,
so all may flourish.
Together, as one family,
may we always sing your praise.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Rachel McCarthy/CAFOD

Share the journey

Pope Francis has asked that we respond with compassion and call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move.  We urge Britain to play a leading role in the forthcoming global compacts on migration and refugees, with other world leaders to develop a united, global response which:

  • respects human dignity
  • protects the vulnerable
  • supports host countries
  • keeps families together
  • tackles the reasons why people migrate.

Please click here to sign the petition to the Prime Minister.

Harvest Fast Day


CAFOD is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. CAFOD stands beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local church partners, the Agency helps people directly in their own communities, and campaigns for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential. Our parish supports CAFOD and its Connect2 project in el Salvador. We do this in several ways:

  • from Lent and Harvest appeals
  • donating and selling used books in the church foyer – in 2016 we raised £216
  • supporting our parish team running in the Great North Run each September – since 2005 they have raised over £5,000 to support CAFOD and local charities through sponsorship from the parish, families and friends.

 Our 2015 team at the finish!

Please  download the Christmas card and Christmas update from Puentecitos in el Salvador.

Information and forthcoming events

The Leeds office is situated in Hinsley Hall, Leeds. It provides information on local and national events and how to get involved. See for more details.

Climate change

CAFOD works with other agencies to call for action on climate change. Its campaign One Climate, One World is calling for politicians to work together to:

  • prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty
  • support the transition from polluting fossil fuels to sustainable energy for all

For more information or if you wish to help our work please contact Rosalia by email: