The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

St Austin’s and the English Martyrs – Parish Response to Ukraine Crisis

Since the Bishop’s message of prayerful and practical ways to help Ukraine, parishioners across the Diocese of Leeds have generously supported the humanitarian efforts.

The response from Mgr David Smith’s Wakefield Parish of St Austin and the English Martyrs has been to make Ukraine the subject of the prayer, fasting and almsgiving of their Lenten observances with a special Newsletter – and Wednesday Word founder Dannie Firth is kindly offering to advise any other parish wanting to make a similar resource to this … :


Ukraine Appeal - Lent 2022 - Week 1


Ukraine Appeal - Lent 2022 - Week 2


Ukraine Appeal - Lent 2022 - Week 3


Parish Administrator Anne Blackburn notes that small, simple personal touches such as physically handing out copies rather than leaving them potentially to go unnoticed at the back of church, and also encouraging parishioners to share the .pdf via their parish social media, have ensured an excellent response with second collections raising £4,200.00 for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) over last weekend alone!

Dannie, who publishes The Wednesday Word, has said he will be happy to provide the packaged artwork for the series of three Appeal Newsletters, which can be easily adapted and personalised for any parish using Indesign – so please get in touch via if you wish to avail yourself of Dannie’s offer; or contact  with any news of similarly creative ideas from your parish to help support the people of Ukraine!




Please keep checking Catholic Care’s website for the latest updates on our response to the fast-changing crisis in Ukraine by visiting – or simply click on the ‘quick link’ to the Catholic Care website on the tiles to the right of the Diocesan News page.