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!

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.

St Joseph’s Peasedown Shares the Journey for Refugees and Migrants

On Saturday21st July St Joseph’s Peasedown held their Share the Journey CAFOD Refugee Walk from Beacon Hill Wood to St Aldhelm’s well in Doulting. During the journey they reflected on the personal stories of refugees such as Khodesa from Myanmar. Mohammed whose family fled from Damascus and David from Sudan. 

After visiting the well, the group continued on to St Aldhelm’s C of E Church, Doulting who were holding a Flower Festival. The parishioners welcomed them with tea and cake – a very welcome welcome after a hot walk!

The walk was organized by Peter and Anne Barrett. The parish of St Joseph’s has now contributed 1/400th  of the total target for CAFOD supporters all over England and Wales who are walking ‘around the world’ (24,900 miles) in solidarity with refugees and migrants all over the world.

The group all signed our Share the Journey cards and Anne kindly sent them in to CAFOD – a fantastic effort by St Josephs!