Fishy Fundraiser at York School

Children at St Wilfrid’s School in York raised £125 for CAFOD thanks to a Lenten project organised by the Mini Vinnies.

St Wilfrid's

St Wilfrid’s held a fish-themed fundraiser

They prepared an assembly to explain the project and requested a small donation to the Lent Fast Day appeal.

Cut out fish shapes decorated by the pupils and containing a prayer or commitment of care to be undertaken during Lent were displayed around the school hall.

We are very grateful to all schools and parishes who took part in fundraising activities this year.

Without your generous support, the work of CAFOD would not be possible.

York school children walk for the Philippines

Local school children have walked half-a-mile – raising over £1400 for people 7,000 miles away.

Picture: St. Aelred's School

Picture: St. Aelred’s School

The pupils from St. Aelred’s RC Primary School in York undertook a sponsored walk from school to St. Nicholas Fields. The young hikers raised £1,404.39 for the CAFOD Philippines appeal, following the devastating typhoon that hit the Southeast Asian country last year.

Helena Fowler-Towse, from St. Aelred’s, said: “When we got to the park, we lit candles and said prayers for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, remembering the terrible devastation.

“An amazing fundraising time was had by the whole school and our supporting community, from the Foundation Stage to Year 6, along with our teachers, parents and grandparents.”

Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest ever to make landfall – swept across the Philippines on Friday 8 November, leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. Over 13 million people have had their lives torn apart. Power, transport and water systems have been severely disrupted.

CAFOD is providing those affected with food, shelter and safety, as well as blankets, clothes and other essentials. We are working with our extensive network of local partners in the country.

Helena spoke of the school’s gratitude: “We were surprised by the generosity of our community, in giving to the people who need it the most! We raised £1404.39. What a fantastic amount of money was contributed to this worthy cause!

“The people of the Philippines continue to be in our prayers.”

More information on CAFOD’s Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal can be found at

Praying for the Philippines

Praying for the Philippines

Glorious sunshine blesses Day of Reflection at Thicket Priory

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CAFOD supporters were blessed with glorious weather which only served to enhance the experience of being in the beautiful setting of Thicket Priory, just outside York. Around 25 people took advantage of the opportunity to spend some time away from the busyness of their lives, to soak in the peace and tranquillity of their surroundings. There were lots of opportunities built into the day for private reflection.

Margaret Siberry, CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Leeds, led a very gentle, reflective day in which we were reminded that we were baptised priest, prophet and king. Symbols used during the day included water to bless ourselves, oil to anoint each other and light, signifying that we are all called to be light to the world as we live out our faith. We were reminded that we had been ‘chosen and called’ by Christ, who said “I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness”.  A very moving meditation included making a candle holder out of clay during which we were invited to hold, mould, shape, fill and bless ourselves and each other, acknowledging our shared dignity.

The Nuns of the Discalced Carmelite community had very generously provided refreshments and allowed us the freedom of the monastery and its surroundings, keeping a very low profile unless they were summoned.  It was a deeply enriching occasion which we hope to repeat.