Immaculate Conception Parish fundraiser helps transform communities around the world

Parishioners from local villages and surrounding areas of Spinkhill in the diocese of Hallam, have fundraised over £1000K to support communities around the world to access water and grow climate change-resistant crops to help feed their families. The parishioners held their usual Harvest fast day parish collection and then added to it proceeds from their annual parish dinner. Each year a dinner is organised to mark the anniversary of the church opening in 1846, almost 175 years ago. This enables the community to come together and celebrate, and at the same time has raised much needed funds for CAFOD’s misson.

CAFOD is working with communities around the world to give them the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. This approach has already borne results in places like rural Uganda. With many communities having been devastated by drought, children would trek miles for water, risking their safety and hampering their chance to get an education. Donations from parishioners across England and Wales have helped to install solar-powered water pumps in rural villages.  Now everyone can collect water quickly and safely and focus on cultivating their crops, which will help create a sustainable source of income for the whole community.

CAFOD’s local rep in the diocese of Hallam, Angela Powell, said “From everyone at CAFOD, we would like to say a massive thank you to the community of Immaculate Conception for organising this brilliant event. Their compassion and generosity will help communities around the world to grow and prosper.”  

There is still time for others to donate to our Harvest Appeal just visit get in touch with us at the volunteer centre in Hallam diocese.

Sacred Heart Parishioners will transform lives in Lent.

Parishioners in Hillsborough are organising a simple meal to be in solidarity with communities around the world who struggle to get food, as part of this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.
On Sunday 10th March, Mass goers at Sacred Heart Catholic church will also enjoy a simple ‘Family Fast day’ community meal, to raise funds for CAFOD.

The donations will go towards helping CAFOD to reach more people around the world who are currently facing some of the devastating effects of climate change.

The money will go towards teaching people new farming skills, providing hardy seeds that grow despite droughts. As well, it will support teaching communities new skills like mechanics and tailoring to help them adapt their livelihoods to survive when unpredictable weather hits.

Ailsa Rodgers is one of many volunteers who promote CAFOD’s work in Sheffield, she said ” I am spurred on to support CAFOD ‘s ‘Family Fast Day’, by the injustice in our world. A light soup lunch for us may equate to a hearty meal for some of those we support”

Angela Powell, CAFOD’s local representative, added: “It is amazing to see our local community rallying together to help our global sisters and brothers. “The generosity from parishioners at Sacred Heart is a lifeline for women, men and children all over the world. Thank you so much for your compassion this Lent.”

Climate change is the single biggest threat to reducing poverty. Whether it is floods destroying homes or unpredictable seasons leading to failed harvests, climate change is undoing years of our work together to improve people’s lives.

Make double the difference

Jeremy Cain, Community Participation Coordinator for Hallam diocese, has got some tricky questions and a life-changing answer.

Anyone fancy a quiz? Here’s question one:


Niccolo Machiavelli by Santi di Tito

True or false? It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

This probably depends on who you are, but if you’re Niccolo Machiavelli then, apparently, it’s true! I should probably point out that CAFOD in no way endorses such a morally questionable opinion and wouldn’t work with anyone who did! So please don’t try this at home; it could have unfortunate consequences. Now we’ve got that straight, here’s question two:

True or false? If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.


Benjamin Franlin

That’s, supposedly, Benjamin Franklin, who was either a very wise man or a miserable old so-and-so. Still, he’d clearly had some bad experiences, poor chap.

Final question:

True or false? The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.

So said American humorist Kin Hubbard. Now, it’s a good quote and, most times he’d be right, but from now until 12th May we’d like to suggest an alternative: “The best way to double your money, is to give it to CAFOD!”

Svondo Magumise

You can transform the lives of children like Svondo

We don’t mean all your money, just whatever you can afford to give to people who are struggling with malnutrition and disease in Zimbabwe, Eritrea and Zambia. Give it to us and then, for every pound you’ve donated, the UK Government will also contribute a pound. So, if you give £2, it will become £4- enough to help a family produce honey. If you give £5, it will become £10 – enough for a family to plant and grow nutritious sesame seeds. And if you give £42.50, it will become £85, which is enough to build a community toilet.

The maths is easy: at no extra cost to you, twice the number of lives can be transformed, twice the number of children can have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong. This may be what our American friends call a “no-brainer”, though I’ll need to check with my kids to be sure.

UK AidWhat’s more, if you set up a new direct debit, the first three months will also be matched. So there really has never been a better time to give.

But before you rush off to donate, see if you can answer this bonus question:

Who said, “If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for a double meaning“?

The answer is Mae West who, by all accounts, only had herself to blame. Still it gives me an idea for next week’s blog: “Ooh er missus. My favourite double entendres.”

Perhaps not.