Speaking Up for CAFOD this Harvest!

Thank you to the brilliant pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Aldershot who spoke from the pulpit after Mass last weekend in support of CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day.

The children bravely volunteered to stand up in front of everyone to ask for their support on behalf of all CAFOD’s partners around the world. And they did it very well!

This year CAFOD is blessed to have received an endorsement from our friend and patron Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor which our plucky speakers read out.

Everyone was therefore asked to consider supporting CAFOD’s work by making ‘a place at their table’ for our brothers and sisters around the world who face hunger and hardship which, the Cardinal said was ‘a powerful way to express our shared faith and to show God’s love in action.’

This Friday is Harvest Fast Day, a day of prayer and reflection and a day where we traditionally forgo a meal and donate what’s saved to CAFOD to help others in need.

As the Cardinal said,

“Even a small amount, given in love and supported by prayer, can help bring about a fairer world, where all people have enough to eat and can live life to the full.”

Thank you so much to our young speakers for practising your talks and speaking so well on behalf of CAFOD. It’s a brave thing to do and I thought you all did really well. When I asked one of the pupils what it was like, he said it was ‘awesome’ so I hope you all enjoyed it just as much as he did!

Thank you too to all the pupils’ families, their teacher Mrs Morten, Mrs Cumpsty, their school chaplain and Father Chris Whelan for helping to organise this.

For more information on Harvest Fast Day and the Cardinal’s letter in full – please go to

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