Fun-Filled Connect2 Evening in Pocklington

There was a fun-filled evening of Latin American music, food, quizzes and more in Pocklington to raise money for disadvantaged communities in El Salvador.


The evening was in aid of Connect2

Parishioners at Saint Mary and Joseph Church enjoyed the fundraiser in aid of CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme, where parishes in the UK are able to stand alongside overseas communities to fight against poverty and injustice.

The group, who were a variety of ages, raised £244 for groups in El Salvador where the parish is linked. The total was boosted by tea and cake sales which have taken place after Sunday mass since October.

Event organiser Philippa Bosworth said: “The evening went well and there was a nice atmosphere.

“There was plenty to eat, some good Latin American music, a raffle with prizes of chocolate and wine, and a quiz which went down very well!

“We have decided that our next event will be in the summer time.”

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Harmonia Ladies Choir sing out for CAFOD

Harmonia Ladies Choir at SS Leonard and MaryThe award winning Harmonia Ladies Choir which was formed in 2008 starred in a Summer Serenade at Ss. Leonard & Mary’s Church in Malton on Saturday 18th June and regaled the audience with a mixture of gospel, jazz, traditional spiritual, folk ballads and songs from the shows, under the expert guidance of Alison Davies, the Musical Director. The 50 strong group won three awards at the Eskdale Festival held in Whitby  earlier this year. The event had been organised for CAFOD’s Connect2 El Salvador project by a group from Ss. Leonard and Mary’s parish. During the interval refreshments were served to the 100 people attending the event and one of them sent this message of appreciation to Rev Timothy Bywater, the parish priest, “ What a super evening we had on Saturday at the CAFOD fund raising event.  The Choir were excellent and the Church was a perfect venue for the acoustics and community gathering.  What a warm welcome we had as visitors and we were taken aback by the srummy refreshments!  Please thank  those concerned for their efforts – what a really good evening we all had”!

CAFOD contact, Stephanie Winter said “Everybody worked so hard to make it a success and I feel it really heightened CAFOD’s profile as information leaflets on CAFOD’s work and the Connect2 project were given out. All the organiser’s were delighted with the outcome”!  The evening raised £943 for the parish’s Connect2 El Salvador project which they have supported since 2010. Well done to all concerned for your amazing efforts!


Scoring a Goal for Justice!


We are delighted to update you that the 237 São Paulo families facing eviction before the World Cup, linked to us through Connect2 Brazil, have won their campaign to make an abandoned hotel their permanent home and turn it into dignified flats! The city authorities have pushed through a purchase order to convert the abandoned hotel into social housing.

News of the victory was greeted with joy by the families. Community leader, Nete Araujo, was quick to thank the thousands of CAFOD supporters in England and Wales who stood by their campaign and to express hope that support for the community continues.

“ We want to see each of the families with a key to their homes in their hands… It is important that the support and solidarity of all of you continues. That you continue to help us as you have. Sometimes I have felt quite desperate, and then I stop and think I am not alone, and that is good. I want to thank all of you for this victory, for being together with us, for that connection with us, for this link and rope to transform itself into a big knot that never unties and continues for great victories.”

CAFOD has been active in Brazil since the 1960s. In São Paulo CAFOD’s partner the MDF has been working with residents from 40 favelas to improve the living conditions for thousands of families. Click on this link to find out about other ways CAFOD is supporting social fair play as Brazil celebrates the approach and action of the World Cup