Harvest Fast Day

The very first Family Fast Day was held 57 years ago, on Friday 11 March 1960, when volunteer members of the National Board of Catholic Women raised funds for a Dominica mother and baby clinic.


selected seeds ready for planting

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is on Friday 6 October, and focuses on the work our partners are doing in El Salvador. Use our Fast Day resources to let everyone in your parish know it is Harvest Fast Day, and invite them to get involved through fundraising and praying.

Edelmira and Martir are farmers in El Salvador. As they live on and depend on their land, the harvest they reap is vital if they are to have food to put on the table, and have enough left over to sell. The money they earn from this harvest is then used to buy clothes, medicine and other essential items.

CAFOD, working in partnership with Solidaridad CVX, work with farmers like Edelmira and Martir to provide training and reintroduce native seeds used generations ago. These indigenous seeds are strong and fertile having evolved in this region over millennia to be able to grow well in the warm, rainy climate, This ensures that the farmers will be able to harvest crops, and become confident that they will provide their families both with food and a modest income.


To enable our partners to work with more farmers like Edelmira and Martir, across the world, please do use the CAFOD resources and invite your parish to get involved this Harvest Fast Day.

CAFOD Clifton Roadshow


Do you wonder where CAFOD receives its funding from?

How much is raised by CAFOD Lent and Harvest Fast Days?

Where is the money spent? – which countries/what projects

How is spending accountability measured?

If you have ever asked yourself even one of these questions, and not been able to answer it – then why not come along to the first CAFOD Clifton Roadshow on Saturday November 18th at Holy Family Church Patchway BS34 5DY  at 14:00


  • Overview of CAFOD’S income/outgoings and projects


  • Guest Speaker – Nikki Evans: update from Harvest Fast day 2016 Altiplano project in Bolivia

Joel from Altiplano Bolivia

  • Play the CAFOD Sandpit Quiz
  • Drinks/Nibbles and a game of CAFOD Bingo
  • Ask your Questions to the CAFOD Clifton Roadshow team

A fun CAFOD Harvest Supper at Corpus Christi Weston super Mare


Will their patience be rewarded?

On Saturday 2nd Sept, Corpus Christi Parish held its now customary Harvest Supper to raise funds for CAFOD. CHS2

Pauline Duffin worked miracles with publicity, selling tickets all 80 tickets and filling the hall to capacity. Lynne Parsonage and her team of helpers served a sumptuous meal with a “Taste of Somerset” theme. Parish CAFOD volunteer Chris Davies reported “We are indebted to the parish through Joseph Burke for providing the cider which completed the Somerset theme. Canon Richard said grace at the start of the meal, but was later disappointed that, despite having bought some raffle tickets, he failed to win a prize!”


There was a great supply of raffle prizes.