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Family Fast Day

Sr Consilia greets her smiling patient

Sr Consilia greets her smiling patient

Lent Family Fast Day this year is Friday 6 March 2020. If you haven't received your Fast Day pack please get in touch with your local CPC. All the Lent Fast Day resources are also available on the Family Fast Day page

If you are unable to make it to a planning meeting, you can watch this 16-minute video to help you prepare for Fast Day. Our Director of Operations, Geoff O’Donoghue, has also recorded a video message for you, about his experiences of working with local experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Trial contactless in your parish

We’d like to trial contactless machines for Lent Family Fast Day collections. Our contactless machines have proved popular in some trial parishes so far. They work in the same way as in shops and are ideal for mass-goers who don’t carry cash or forget to bring their envelopes back. They are used alongside envelopes as usual.

If you are interested trying one out in your parish, please email us at and tell us the name and address of your parish and which weekend you would like to use it – 29 February/1 March or 7/8 March. We will have them sent to and collected from your parish by courier.

Davi Kopenawa - webinar recordings

We’re delighted to offer you the chance to listen to a talk by Davi Kopenawa, a Yanomami indigenous leader who works for an organisation that CAFOD supports in Brazil. He talks about their work protecting forests and the culture of indigenous peoples. He recently won the Right Livelihood Award, known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Click here to listen to the recordings

New Parish Campaign: Generations Unite!



We’re asking you to set a date between April and July for your parish to write prayers for someone who is leading their communities in protecting God’s creation, such as Richard from Nigeria. Some of the Young Climate Leaders will be visiting the UK later this year. You can read more about each of the five here. If you didn’t receive a pack but would like one, just let us know.  

Leadership training for with CAFOD for 18-30-year-olds

We offer one-year placements in a Catholic retreat centre or school/university chaplaincy for young adults to gain experience, develop leadership skills in the service of others. The programme includes a 3-week visit to CAFOD projects overseas.  Applications for September 2020 are now open. Please share this with anyone who might be interested!

Save the date: CAFOD national volunteer conferences 2020

More details as we get nearer, but for now, we have opened bookings for our national volunteer days in May/June. Look out for your invitation coming soon – but you can book from now!

Book a place for Leeds: Saturday 2 May, Notre Dame Sixth Form College, St Mark's Ave, Leeds LS2 9BL

Book a place for London: Saturday 6 June, Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, SE1 7HY

Stories from our communities

In this online talk, Geoff O'Donoghue Director of Operations at CAFOD shares the stories of the people he has met whose lives have been transformed by the care of CAFOD.  

Fundraising in your parish

More ways to fundraise

There are many ways you can fundraise for CAFOD's work in your parish from the long-term commitment of becoming a Hands On parish to fundraising towards a World Gift, even hosting a soup lunch on Family Fast Day, the possibilities are endless!

Campaigning in your parish

Encourage people in your parish to get involved with campaigning with CAFOD by using these resources

Prayer resources for your parish

Resources to help you pray and reflect with your parish

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