Events

Feb
21
Wed
CAFOD Zimbabwean Partners in Leeds Diocese @ CAFOD Volunteer Centre
Feb 21 @ 12:00 am – Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm

The Leeds CAFOD workers invite everyone interested to come along to a lunchtime event to meet  Livison Chipatiso, who works for CAFOD in Zimbabwe. A rare opportunity to find out about the situation in Zimbabwe and CAFOD’s work with partners there from someone working on the ground.

Zimbabwe is the country that CAFOD are featuring in February’s Lenten Fast Day – which takes place on 23 February.

logo for World Development charity CAFODThis lunchtime event is open to anyone interested. Please bring a little food that can form a shared lunch with everyone who comes along. It would be a help if you could email leeds@cafod.org.uk to let Joanne & Bronagh know that you intend to attend.

Feb
23
Fri
CAFOD Lenten Family Fast Day
Feb 23 all-day

In 2018 CAFOD are featuring the work that they do in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean family in front of crops

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Feb
26
Mon
Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
Feb 26 – Mar 11 all-day

Monday 26 Feb is the start of Fairtrade Fortnight 2018.

Fair Trade Foundation logoMany of you are already involved by taking part in fairtrade activities – many of you belong to parishes that have obtained ‘Fairtrade Parish’ certification. As it is also Lent it is a perfect time to renew that commitment to Fairtrade and thinking about what else you could do.

 

 

Mar
1
Thu
Jeff Halper from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions @ Oxford Place centre
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This event has been organised by Sabeel in Yorkshire.

Photo professor Jeff HalperProfessor Jeff Halper is the director of ICAHD, a university teacher and has written numerous books. He also participated in the first (and successful) attempt of the Free Gaza Movement to break the Israeli siege by sailing into Gaza.

Jeff and ICAHD are currently involved in a joint Palestinian-Israeli grassroots initiative to formulate a political settlement based on the creation of one democratic state.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm and Professor Halper’s presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

 

 

Mar
2
Fri
Leeds CAFOD Lunch – Travels in El Salvador and Nicaragua @ The Leeds Diocese CAFOD Volunteer Centre
Mar 2 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sophie Aulton is one of CAFOD’s interns on their ‘Step into the gap’ programme. She is based at Leeds Trinity University (second from the right on the front row).

CAFOD intern group photo
CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteers prepare for their trip

At the end of January CAFOD are sending her, along with some of the people on the programme, on an exposure visit to El Salvador and Nicaragua the rest are going to Sierra Leone). This lunchtime meeting is an opportunity to meet with Sophie and hear about what she did and to get some firsthand information about CAFOD’s projects in Central America.

A light lunch will be provided but Bronagh and Joanne request that you please email  the office ( leeds@cafod.org.uk ) so that they have some idea how many people to cater for. There will be a collection which will go towards the amount that Sophie has to raise towards this exposure trip.

ALL are welcome

 

Mar
3
Sat
Women of Palestine – the ongoing Nakba @ Oxford Place centre
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A rich event of poetry, presentations, short films, photo exhibition, art installation and accounts of Palestinian women’s personal experience of exile.

This international Womens’ Day event focuses on Palestinian women and their stories and has been organised by Northern Women for Palestine.

This is a free event and is Everyone Welcome to come along.

If you can’t make this date then it is also being presented in Bradford on Tuesday 6th March from 6pm to 9pm.

On Saturday March 10th there is a presentation in Halifax at the Queen’s Road Neighbourhoos Centre, Halifax, HX1 4NE

 

Mar
6
Tue
Women of Palestine – the ongoing Nakba @ The Delius Arts & Cultural Centre
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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A rich event of poetry, presentations, short films, photo exhibition, art installation and accounts of Palestinian women’s personal experience of exile.

This international Womens’ Day event focuses on Palestinian women and their stories and has been organised by Northern Women for Palestine.

This is a free event and is Everyone Welcome to come along.

Mar
10
Sat
Day of Reflection: A Carmelite Approach to Justice @ Carmelite Monastery, Wood Hall
Mar 10 @ 10:30 am – 4:45 pm

The Chapel at Wood HallLast September we held a day of Reflection at the Wood Hall Carmelite Monastery near Wetherby.

Numbers were very limited and more people wanted to go than could be accommodated. So the sisters have agreed to host a repeat of that day.

The day will start with mass at 10:30 in the chapel.

During the rest of the day there will be some talks, some opportunity for private reflection and sharing with others. There will also be the opportunity to take advantage of the lovely countryside around the monastery.

The day will end with Vespers at 4:30 pm or thereabouts.

The maximum number of people that can be accommodated at this day is 20.

If you wish to go then you must email the office ( jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk ) telling us your name and the names of anyone else who wants to come with you. Please also tell us if you need a lift (it’s not easy to get there on public transport) or if you can offer a lift – and tell us whereabouts from. We can’t promise to sort out transport but we will try our best.

Everyone coming is asked to bring something that can be shared with others at lunchtime. Refreshments are provided.

This event is Free to attend (though a collection will be taken at some point during the day).

Here are some of the comments that we received in feedback about the Day held in September 2017:

comments about the previous day of reflection

 

Women of Palestine – the ongoing Nakba @ Queen's Road Neighbourhood Centre
Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

event flyer

A rich event of poetry, presentations, short films, photo exhibition, art installation and accounts of Palestinian women’s personal experience of exile.

This international Womens’ Day event focuses on Palestinian women and their stories and has been organised by Northern Women for Palestine.

This is a free event and is Everyone Welcome to come along.

Mar
15
Thu
Showtime from the Front Line with Mark Thomas @ West Yorkshire Playhouse
Mar 15 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Comedian Mark Thomas tries to run a comedy club in the Palestinian town of Jenin with two aspiring comics from the Jenin refugee camp.

Mark is very good at making serious comments about serious subjects in an, often, hilarious way.

Full details and booking from the West Yorkshire Playhouse website.

WY Playhouse booking details
Mar
16
Fri
Showtime from the Front Line with Mark Thomas @ West Yorkshire Playhouse
Mar 16 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Comedian Mark Thomas tries to run a comedy club in the Palestinian town of Jenin with two aspiring comics from the Jenin refugee camp.

Mark is very good at making serious comments about serious subjects in an, often, hilarious way.

Full details and booking from the West Yorkshire Playhouse website.

WY Playhouse booking details
Mar
17
Sat
Fly Kites not Drones Everywhere 2018
Mar 17 – Mar 25 all-day

Fly Kites Not Drones INTERNATIONAL week of action – an ‘uplifting’ campaign for all ages, to raise awareness about the use of armed drones, and moreover to show solidarity with civilians (especially children) living under the threat of armed drones.

picture of flying kitesBy taking to your local park, beach, play ground, garden, town centre, military base etc. and flying a kite you are actively showing solidarity with all children who live under armed drones.

The campaign was started by young people in Afghanistan who are now too afraid to play in the open, to take part in their most loved past time of kite flying, because of the threat from armed drones.

This week of action coincides with the Persian New Year, Nao Roz, which takes place on the 21st March and is a traditional time of year for kite running.

For kite making instructions:
http://www.flykitesnotdrones.org/resources/workshop4

 

For the Fly Kites Not Drones Education pack:

http://paxchristi.org.uk/product/fly-kites-not-drones/

Showtime from the Front Line with Mark Thomas @ West Yorkshire Playhouse
Mar 17 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Comedian Mark Thomas tries to run a comedy club in the Palestinian town of Jenin with two aspiring comics from the Jenin refugee camp.

Mark is very good at making serious comments about serious subjects in an, often, hilarious way.

Full details and booking from the West Yorkshire Playhouse website.

WY Playhouse booking details
Mar
20
Tue
Romero Lecture 2018 – Ruben Zamora – Romero & El Salvador today @ Mill Hill Chapel,
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every year the Romero Trust organise a short lecture tour by a visiting speaker from Central or Latin America.

photo of Ruben Zamora
Ruben Zamora

In 2018 the speaker will be Ruben Zamora the former El Salvadoran representative at the United Nations, ambassador to the USA and he has also been a presidential candidate in the past in El Salvador.

He will speak about his own thoughts on the legacy of Blessed Oscar Romero in relation to the  current issues faced by El Salvador. He will be accompanied on his visit by Claire Dixon, Head of the Latin America section at CAFOD.

The Commission previously hosted the lecture in 2016, when it was given by Fr Pacho de Roux who was heavily involved in the peace process in Colombia.

The Commission are undertaking the local organisation for this event which has been organised nationally by the Romero Trust with some financial aid from CAFOD.

If you intend to come along then please let us know by registering via Eventbrite – so we have some idea of numbers.

Register to attend

logo for Romero Trust

May
15
Tue
International Conscientious Objector’s Day
May 15 all-day
Jun
18
Mon
Refugee Week 2018
Jun 18 – Jun 24 all-day

logo for refugee weekRefugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

The theme for 2018 is:

Twenty years celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.

More information is available – and some free resources to use – from the Refugee Week Website

Sep
1
Sat
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Sep 1 all-day
Oct
2
Tue
World Nonviolence Day
Oct 2 all-day

A global day to celebrate and publicise the efforts of people to resolve conflict situations without resorting to violence