The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development, founded in the early 1960s, is the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. Funded by donations from the Catholic community, the British Government and the general public it works internationally to alleviate poverty and suffering in developing countries.
CAFOD is unique amongst British aid agencies in its reliance on partnerships with existing groups in developing countries. This is a more effective way of ensuring that as much of the funding received impacts on the projects supported as possible.
It benefits from membership of the Caritas International Federation which operates in many countries and territories worldwide. CAFOD is also a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, DEC, and the British Overseas Aid Group.
When disasters occur which require emergency aid CAFOD operates with the DEC and at such times the most direct way you could help would be to donate to CAFOD.
Support for international development is the major focus and that has always been well-supported in both parishes, though in different ways at different times.
In St Joseph’s this has most often taken the form of fund-raising events and the weekly raffle, which supports those orphaned by the Ebola virus in Africa.
In St Helen’s collections are taken each week at both Sunday Masses using “Friday Self-Denial” envelopes. This was a response to the easing of the rules on abstinence on Fridays in the mid-60s and, although the expectation of abstinence in some form has been reintroduced, the collections have continued with the welcome support of our Parish Priests.
Both parishes support the general appeals at Harvest-time and in Lent.
One off donations may be made through the website www.cafod.org.uk or by post to
55 Westminster Bridge Road
Tax and Gift Aid
If you pay UK income tax any donation you make to a charity can be Gift Aided on completion of a simple form. This enables the charity to claim the basic rate tax paid on your donation. This would increase the value of a donation of £4 by an additional £1.
This will never affect your liability for tax although if you are fortunate enough to be a higher rate tax payer you may also claim a tax rebate.
If you choose to make a postal donation you might like to print out and complete the form below and include with your cheque.
Full Name ________________________________
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I certify that I am a UK taxpayer and that I wish to Gift Aid my donation of £ ___
Signature ______________________ Date ____/___/____
Please delete that which doesn’t apply.
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Prayer and other resources
CAFOD produces a wide range of resources. These may be accessed on the website www.cafod.org.uk
These include a brief weekly newsletter with a reflection on the readings for the following Sunday.
If you include yourself on the mailing list with an email address these will be sent to you each week.
A quarterly review of CAFOD’s work across the globe, and the campaigns it supports, will be sent to you by post
You might wish to consider that once on the mailing list you will receive requests for further financial support.
CAFOD in Liverpool Volunteer Centre, 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ
Tel: 0151 228 4028 Mobile: 07779 804 241 (Siobhan), 07779 804 242 (Colette) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The team currently produce weekly updates which you can request by email, unsubscribing at any time.