It doesn’t have to be fish on Fridays!

CAFOD has launched a cookbook, Friday Suppers, featuring recipes written by the former recipe tester to the UK’s best-selling cookery writer Delia Smith.

FridaySuppersCoverThe book was written by Pauline Curran, a lifelong Catholic who worked alongside Delia Smith for two decades, to provide inspiration for meat-free meals for those observing Friday abstinence. It includes a foreword from Delia and contains 40 meat-free recipes, written with value for money and availability of ingredients in mind.

Friday Suppers fits in perfectly with our Harvest Appeal, during which we’d like you to ‘make a place at your table’ for those with less food to eat.

Buy the Friday Suppers recipe book>>

The cookbook is full of simple, family-friendly recipes, perfect for a Harvest fundraising meal. All proceeds raised from sales of the £6.99 book will go to support our work helping those living in extreme poverty across the world.

Pauline Curran

Pauline Curran


The book’s author, Pauline Curran, said:

“I know that when Friday evening comes around after a long week, a lot of people are stuck for easy meal ideas. With that in mind, I put together this recipe book in the hope that it would inspire people to cook more tasty, simple Friday suppers. I admire greatly the work of CAFOD and I’m so pleased to know that my recipe book is contributing to this work.”



Long-standing CAFOD supporter and cookery writer Delia Smith said:

Delia Smith

Delia Smith

“When Pauline opened the boot of her car and nonchalantly unloaded masses of the most delicious food for one of our parish parties, I recognised instantly that she had a very special talent. She has a deep faith, and like many of us is concerned that so many people in the world do not have enough to eat. So, please buy as many copies of the recipe book as you can, and then hopefully we will have a runaway bestseller, and from that a lot of people will be able to receive some help.”

Get your hands on a copy of the book

The meat-free recipes are also ideal for those trying to cut their carbon footprint in support of our One Climate, One World campaign.

Find out more about the One Climate, One World climate change campaign >>

To order a copy of Friday Suppers call 0300 011 5680 or visit

Dig deep; a Lenten Reflection from our friends in South Wales

If you are starting to think about how you can make a difference during Lent, this beautiful reflection may help….

Dig Deep

Dig Deep

You can find the Lenten message from Pope Francis at:

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

All CAFOD’s resources for Lent 2014 are at:



If you would like any help from us at the CAFOD Plymouth, please contact:

Simon Giarchi (Diocesan Manager) or Conchita Dunn (Diocesan Officer) at CAFOD Plymouth, St.Boniface House, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, TQ13 7JL

Telephone: 01364 645440




Harvest Celebration at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Pupils, parents and staff from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Buckfast celebrate Harvest Festival with CAFOD.

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Lucy, Finlay and Jonty wrote the following article for us.

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we held our Harvest Celebration to raise money for CAFOD.  We learnt about what CAFOD is and how it raises money for people who are less fortunate than we are.  During our celebration, some children created a Powerpoint presentation about CAFOD’s work.  Other children shared readings and prayers about what Harvest is all about.  One class learnt a Samba dance, which they performed for everyone and the younger children sang the story of the Little Red Hen. The whole school wrote their own prayers, which were displayed on Harvest Plates.  Everyone learnt lots of Harvest hymns and made food which was sold to parents after the Harvest Celebration had finished.  Burrator Class decided to make Anzac Biscuits which linked with their World War Two topic, Fernworthy made Pumpkin soup and Venford made bread, just like the Little Red Hen.  Lots of families came to support us – in fact there were so many people that there were no chairs left so some people had to stand up at the back!

From this event and others that had been held in school, we raised £250 for CAFOD. 

We would like to thank all the pupils, parents and staff at St Mary’s for their fantastic support of CAFOD and for them standing in solidarity with the worlds poor and disadvataged.