CAFOD’s annual Harvest Fast Day

Our Catholics parishes around the Clifton Diocese were encouraged to eat a simple meal of bread and soup as part of CAFOD’s annual Harvest Fast Day appeal on Friday 5 October. Money saved was donated to CAFOD.

This Harvest was a time we remembered our brothers and sisters who miss out on food, clean water and even going to school.

The festival loaf

The support of communities across England and Wales from Harvest Fast Day is helping to change things by raising money, enabling CAFOD to work alongside some of the world’s poorest communities as they find ways to overcome their many challenges.

CAFOD is working with communities like those lived in by Longora. Longora lives in Uganda. A few years ago, when she was in the late stages of pregnancy, she became seriously ill after drinking dirty water from a local river. She gave birth, but due to illness her baby did not survive. CAFOD was able to repair the well in her village as well as training local people in how to maintain it meaning they can fix it if it breaks again, so that Longora and her neighbours have a reliable supply of clean, safe water.

St Josephs parish in Bath did their part by raising £279.46 from their Harvest Table and Cafod Collection; the picture shows a fantastic Harvest load baked by one of the parishioners from the parish – fantastic effort St Josephs!

A musical evening with Taunton School

This highly successful evening concert, was organised by Anne Maire Twort one of our a CAFOD supporters.

The CAFOD display board at the concert.

The concert opened with a splendid performance by Rupert Dean who played Bach’s Toccata BWV 565 on the organ   He was followed by Taunton School choir, and solo performances on violin, horn, clarinet and tuba, finishing up with a string quartet.

Later followed some solo singing with a repertoire ranging from stage musicals to opera.

Then Taunton school choir took over afterwards finishing the evening with the Mark Patterson song “We Will Give Thanks”. The audience found this very uplifting so do try to listen to it on Youtube when you have a moment.

In between items, Doug Lowe, CAFOD parish volunteer from St Teresa of Lisieux parish in Taunton, talked to the audience about the work of CAFOD. He also spoke about St Oscar Romero on the theme of St Oscar’s words “Aspire not to have more but to be more.”  He finished by speaking about Connect 2 Brazil and how the money was to be spent there.

The concert raised a splendid £650.20p for CAFOD – so, a “fortissimo thank you” to all the performers for their efforts.


Brilliant CAFOD Harvest Fast Day display at Holy Family Parish in Swindon

Holy Family parish in Swindon had another excellent display board for their CAFOD Harvest Fast Day collection this year. CAFOD parish volunteer Margaret Evans put the display together – great work Margaret!

What a great display!!

Harvest Fast Day for CAFOD was well represented by parishes across the Clifton Diocese again this year – it’s still fine to send any donations in – see the information on the CAFOD website here.