Climate Catastrophe: Mass Lobby of Parliament @ Houses of Parliament
Jun 26 all-day

logo for mass lobby - the time is nowJoin CAFOD and over 100 other organisations who are members of the Climate Coalition for this day of action to demonstrate our concerns about the changing climate.

The idea is that you email your MP beforehand to say that you will be coming on this day and that you want to meet with them to express your concerns about the changing climate and what further action you would like Government to take.

Here’s an idea – why not write to them and send them a copy of Laudato Si and say you want to discuss some of the key ideas in it with them!

CAFOD have organised coaches to go from each diocese down to this event in central London: you will be joining many other Catholics who are deeply concerned about this issue.

You can book a place on the coach (cost is £25) through their Eventbrite page – you will need to find the entry for the Leeds Diocese for your tickets.

CAFOD Mass Lobby coach booking

You can also use the link to let CAFOD know that you are going but that you are arranging your own transport (which doesn’t cost anything!) – it is helpful for CAFOD organisers to know approximate numbers of CAFOD supporters to expect.

Bike Ride to Independence from America Day demo!
Jul 4 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This event has been organised by Yorkshire CND

A group of bike riders

Join them for a bike ride from Harrogate up to Menwith Hill for the annual 4th July “Independence from America” demonstration. They will be gathering in Harrogate at 2pm immediately outside the train station, aiming to leave at 2:30.
The bike ride is around 8.5 miles of steady uphill cycling on roads, and they expect it will take around an hour. Bring a hi vis jacket, helmet, lights, water, appropriate clothes for the weather some food and snacks.
The demonstration is due to begin at 4pm and finish at 8pm. Cyclists will make a plan to leave en masse in time to train journeys home on the day, but likely around 7:30pm.
If you intend to join them, please email with the subject “Bike ride to Menwith Hill”.

Non-violent Direct Action Training
Jul 6 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

This is a Yorkshire CND event

A day of planning and training for joining the protests in London to stop the DSEI (The Defence Sales Export Initiative) Arms Fair. Come and join members of Yorkshire CND and others to learn about effective nonviolent action, your legal rights, working as a group, and how some of the actions in previous years have managed to effectively disrupt one of the world’s biggest arms fairs!

people lying in the road

St Vincents Support Centre AGM & Mocktail Party @ St Vincent' Support Centre
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sabeel in Yorkshire Meeting: Life in Gaza @ Mill Hill chapel
Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Logo of Sabeel
Chair of Sheffield PSC, Musheir al Farra will report on his recent visit to Gaza.

Musheir El-Farra recently visited the Gaza Strip. He will give an illustrated talk focusing on the ways in which popular resistance to Israeli’s siege is developing despite the severe hardship people are experiencing.
Musheir is chair of Sheffield PSC, an engineer, activist, public speaker and author.

He took part in a Free Gaza Movement protest with two fishing boats which in 2008 were the first to enter Gaza port in 41 years. He has campaigned for justice for the Palestinians and many other causes all his life.



Forgotten People: Forgotten Places @ The Hayes Conference Centre
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm

NJPN logoThis annual conference will be exploring of the Commission’s priority issues: UK Poverty.

(*** NB This event was initially advertised as the 19 – 21 July. Please note the revised dates given***)

The major partner for the conference is Church Action on Poverty.

Our Chair, John Battle, will be the overall chair for the conference.

For more details and booking please see the National Justice & Peace Network website

NJPN Conference details
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Day
Aug 6 all-day

photo of nagasaki devastationAn international day for remembering those killed in the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Also an opportunity to intorduce prayers in our liturgies to pray for the banning of the possession of nuclear weapons.

The anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing is 06 August and the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing is 09 August

Refugee Action Job Fair
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Refugee Action Bradford will be holding the first ever Refugee Jobs Event, a chance for refugees and other migrants to meet employers and other support agencies in their hunt for work.  There is also a Messy Play session on the same day at the same time, so families can come down and entertain the children at the same time as looking for work.

North Fairtrade Supporter Conference @ Teeside University
Sep 21 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Many of our parishes are ‘Fairtrade parishes’ (so much so that we are designated as a ‘Fairtrade Diocese’).

All supporters of Fairtrade are invited to this conference.

logo of the Fairtrade FoundationThis will be a great chance for Fairtrade campaigners across the North (North East and Cumbria) to come together. There will be inspiring talks, opportunities to discuss new campaigning ideas and the chance to hear what other Fairtrade activists have been up to.

Highlights of the day will include:

  • Workshops, news and updates from the Fairtrade Foundation – planning for Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 and their upcoming 25th anniversary celebration this year
  • Fair Trade experts sharing insights on Fairtrade and the wider movement
  • Inspiration and ideas from fellow Fairtrade campaigners in your region

All are welcome but registration for this free event is essential.

Conference Registration

Justice & Peace Commission Meeting
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Leeds J&P logoThis is the regular quarterly meeting of the full Justice & Peace Commission. Anyone in the Leeds Diocese is welcome to come along to a Commission meeting. Please email the office if you are interested and want more details.

105th World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2019
Sep 29 all-day

An opportunity to take part in the this global show of solidarity with those who seek to get to a different country to their own.

Pope Francis, in his message encouraging people to participate in prayer and action on this day, says

“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” (Mt 14:27).

refugees walkingIt is not just about migrants: it is also about our fears. The signs of meanness we see around us heighten “our fear of ‘the other’, the unknown, the
marginalized, the foreigner… We see this today in particular, faced with the arrival of migrants and refugees knocking on our door in search of protection, security and a better future. To some
extent, the fear is legitimate, also because the preparation for this encounter is lacking” (Homily in Sacrofano, 15 February 2019). But the problem is not that we have doubts and fears. The problem is when they condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist. In this way, fear deprives us of the desire and the ability to encounter the other, the person different from myself; it deprives me of an opportunity to encounter the Lord (cf. Homily at Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 14 January

What will you be doing in your parish community?

3rd World Day of the Poor
Nov 17 all-day

logo for the World day of the poor 2019In a powerful text, Pope Francis explores the meaning of the quote given from the Psalms and applies it  to our world today.

Daily we encounter families forced to leave their homeland to seek a living elsewhere; orphans who have lost their parents or were violently torn from them by brutal means of exploitation; young people seeking professional fulfilment but prevented from employment by shortsighted economic policies; victims of different kinds of violence, ranging from prostitution to the narcotics trade, and profoundly demeaned. How can we overlook, too, the millions of immigrants who fall victim to any number of concealed interests, often exploited for political advantage, and are refused solidarity and equality? And all the homeless and ostracized persons who roam the streets of our cities?

How many times do we see poor people rummaging through garbage bins to retrieve what others have discarded as superfluous, in the hope of finding something to live on or to wear! They themselves become part of a human garbage bin; they are treated as refuse, without the slightest sense of guilt on the part of those who are complicit in this scandal. Frequently judged parasites on society, the poor are not even forgiven their poverty. Judgment is always around the corner. They are not allowed to be timid or discouraged; they are seen as a threat or simply useless, simply because they are poor.
To make matters worse, they can see no end to the tunnel of extreme poverty. We have come to the point of devising a hostile architecture aimed at ridding the streets of their presence, the last places left to them. They roam from one end of the city to the other in the hope of getting a job, a home, a sign of affection… The least offer becomes a ray of light; yet even where justice might be expected to prevail, they meet with violence and abuse. Forced to work endless hours under a burning sun to gather seasonal fruits, they receive ridiculously low pay. They labour in unsafe and inhuman conditions that prevent them from feeling on a par with others. They lack unemployment compensation, benefits, or even provision for sickness.

How will you use this opportunity in your parish?

Justice & Peace Commission Meeting
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Leeds J&P logoThis is the regular quarterly meeting of the full Justice & Peace Commission. Anyone in the Leeds Diocese is welcome to come along to a meeting. Please email the office if you are interested and require further details.

Little Voices: Big Difference – SAVE THE DATE @ To be Confirmed
Apr 4 @ 10:15 am – 4:30 pm