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

Thank you so much to everyone who prayed, fasted and donated to the CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day, took part in the Walk Against Hunger and supported the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Your support means CAFOD responds in crises such as Ukraine where Caritas aid workers and volunteers quickly help families fleeing conflict. It also means CAFOD will be there in the long-term and continue to respond to crises around the world, including in Afghanistan, Syria, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. By supporting CAFOD, our parish stands alongside communities as they rebuild their lives once the conflict is over, as in Sierra Leone. For updates on how our parish donations are used, visit the CAFOD website

Walk Against Hunger Lent Challenge
There are 200 million children in the world whose lives are at risk from malnutrition. So, this lent, challenge yourself to walk 200km, and help give hunger its marching orders.
Do 5km a day, your way, for 40 days, and you’ll conquer your 200km target in time for Easter – and help people around the world to live free from hunger.
To take part, go to

You can watch a special conversation here with Kayode Akintola, CAFOD Country Representative for Sierra Leone and Liberia. Kayode shares stories of bringing hope to communities affected by hunger.

There are many prayers for Lent on CAFOD’s website, see

A special Lenten fast

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.

COP26 – Glasgow 1 -12 November 2021
With the eyes of the world on the UK, we must urge the Prime Minister to make sure communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26 – sign our petition now at
Visit the CAFOD website to read more about what you can do.
Click on the Campaigns tab to take you to COP26 climate summit and this will take you to many ways you can be involved – a petition to the PM, a second urgent petition to Rishi Sunak and always important a prayer chain. The petitions will take you two minutes to sign and submit. CAFOD has been informed by politicians that these actions do make a difference. So, it really is time to forget our own comforts, our own safe way of life and to think about future generations and those who are living in those areas most affected by climate change. The time is now, another ten years is too late.
Thank you,
Regards Rosalia.

CAFOD Walk for Water challenge – Lent 2021
Thank you to members of the parish who sponsored us in our Walk for Water 2021 challenge. The Walk certainly gave us lots to think over, ponder and pray about. The total we raised to help improve the water situation for our brothers and sisters was £625.
Our joint step total was 942,552. Thank you,
Mark and Rosalia

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


Fr Barrie Holmes

With great sadness I have to let you know that Fr Barrie Holmes died in St Gemma’s Hospice on the evening of Friday 19th November. He was our Parish Priest for some very special years. It was he who re-ordered our lovely Church, and help make it the lovely place / centre we all love. […]

Pope Francis’ on Thought for the Day for climate change

Dear BBC listeners, Good Morning. “Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic have exposed our deep vulnerability and raised numerous doubts and concerns about our economic systems and the way we organise our societies. “We have lost our sense of security and are experiencing a sense of powerlessness and loss of control over our lives. “We […]

Bug Hotel

We have built a bug hotel from an old wooden pallet, a milk crate and some unused fencing panels.  We gave it a new roof and covered it with roofing felt to make it last a long time.  It is in place and now open for visitors!  Our children will be filling it soon with […]

Jack’s hedgehog hotel

Jack and his grandad John have teamed up to build an amazing hedgehog hotel for their holiday project. Jack cut the tunnel and legs to size, he then drilled, glued and screwed the box and tunnel together leaving grandad to cover the box and fit the lid.  The hotel is now in the Parish garden […]

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 […]