St Joseph’s Primary School Portishead

Emptying a bag of coins

The school opened their recent Seaside themed summer fete with a giant sun pavement chalk picture covered with copper coins.

Pupils had been collecting coins over the last few weeks in a fish tank. Seventy pounds in 1ps and 2ps was raised for CAFOD. Parish contact Sam Chandler said “the PTFA came up with the idea. I was delighted to be asked to run a ‘Power to Be’ stall at the fair, alongside RNLI Portishead which is also part of our St Josephs family as we are very much a coastal town”.

The completed sun


CAFOD stall at the Diocesan Family Day blessed by many supporters

The sun was out as people from around the diocese gathered for this year’s Diocesan Family Day.

For a third year, the diocesan family was once again drawn together at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, for a day celebrating the Diocese’s real sense of belonging. With a vast variety of workshops, keynote speakers and activities for all ages on display, the fine weather led to a fantastic day enjoyed by all. The day brought many groups, communities and organisations within the diocese together, putting themselves and their work on display to enable many to find out more of how they service the people of Clifton.

CAFOD held a stall, with many children enjoying the free balloons and pencils on offer. Many adults were keen to find out about campaigns such as Power to Be, which is currently being run by CAFOD, encouraging the support of local, renewable energy around the world to transform the lives of the poorest communities.

CAFOD volunteers Irene Prentice, Mike Honan and Sr Marie Hennessey ran the stall for the day, which was great – many thanks to them and all the volunteers and supporters who visited the stall on the day.


CAFOD East African crisis appeal

A concert was held at St Augustine of Canterbury Church on Friday, 9th June given by the Gloucester & District Christian choir.  The amount of £280.00 raised for the CAFOD East African crisis appeal.

Both Choir and audience had a most enjoyable evening, with the choir hoping to return some time to experience the unique St Augustine acoustics.

Find out ways you and your parish can fundraise for CAFOD – much fun is always involved!