CAFOD

cafodCAFOD is the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.  For more information or if you wish to help our work please contact Rosalia by email: markandrosalia@btinternet.com

CAFOD Walk for Water challenge
Mark and Rosalia have signed up for the CAFOD Walk for Water challenge, walking 10,000 steps each day during Lent.  Rosalia says, “We are doing it as a team so it will be the total of our steps as we know there will be days due to work and weather and not to mention the threat of COVID when we would be hard pushed to do 10,000 each. We are doing it as a sponsored event.  The link below will take people to our CAFOD/just giving page. There are a number of informative videos on the CAFOD website highlighting this Lent’s campaign.”  https://walk.cafod.org.uk/fundraising/Rosalia-Roberts

CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal
CAFOD launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April. Coronavirus (Covid-19) has now spread worldwide, with confirmed cases in many countries where CAFOD works. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries are likely to be devastating. Many countries have very weak healthcare systems and will not be able to cope. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water, possibly living with other diseases, will be particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. It is not just a public health emergency. Many of the world’s most vulnerable people will lose their jobs and be unable to support their families. The poorest and most marginalised communities, working hard to transform their lives, will be pushed further into poverty. CAFOD is adapting its programmes to help manage the risk of coronavirus in communities and working with local Church aid agencies on the frontline of this crisis. They are already working to get food to where it is needed most; to improve hygiene, handwashing and sanitation in communities and households; producing radio messages, posters and leaflets in local languages on risks and prevention; and training community volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns. In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever. While we are not able to hold collections in our church, you can donate at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

We are living through one of the global events that will shape humanity, and our response can only be the response of the heart of God. We need to be his hands and feet – we cannot do otherwise.

With my sincere thanks and my prayers,
Christine Allen
Director, CAFOD

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. 

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 https://cafodleeds.wordpress.com 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

News

Janet & Kevin’s new solar panels

The Crottys are over the moon with their new addition to the garage and house roofs and would like to offer a short explanation as to why we decided to purchase our solar panels. So here we go dear readers! Firstly the time to reflect that lockdown has prompted, twinned with the increased concern, awareness and […]

Under the Gaze of God

Fr David Williams C.P. (who lives in Otley) has written a book which may be of interest to our parishioners.  It is available from Amazon books.

Fr Michael – “A Golden Priest”

Fr Michael – “A Golden Priest” We at SS John Fisher and Thomas More are one of the lucky ones. We have the privilege and joy of celebrating a priest’s Golden Jubilee. Congratulations Fr Michael! Fr Michael as an altar boy at St Patrick’s,            Fr Michael at his Ordination Mass […]

A poem to celebrate Fr Michael’s golden jubilee

From Us to You The Lord asked you to follow Him and serve with grace and love To minister to those in need of blessings from above To watch His flock and guide us and to teach us how to pray To understand the Gospels and to follow in His way This task accepted graciously […]

Youth take part in Father Michael’s Golden Jubilee Mass celebration

At Mass, on Sunday 7th March at SS John Fisher & Thomas More church Burley-in-Wharfedale, we gave thanks for and celebrated the Golden Jubilee of a Golden priest. Exactly 50 years ago, Father Michael Mahady was ordained a priest at St Patrick’s Church, Leeds on a wet Sunday in Lent. Father Michael celebrated his Golden […]

Catholic Care – Annual Review

Catholic Care’s 2020 annual review has been published, you can read it here.  This is Bishop Marcus’ summary of its amazing work. “Despite all the phenomenal challenges and restrictions of the last year, the leadership, staff and volunteers of Catholic Care have diligently continued to provide an outstanding range of services and support to people […]