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Crosby Symphony Orchestra Overture for Charity !

July 1, 2013

Chris Nick and CAFOD Chq 30 6 2013

Many thanks to Nick Fennell CAFOD’s Parish Contact of St Bernadette’s  (pictured here with Chris Lappine) at  the Philharmonic Hall on Sunday 30th June.  The Crosby Symphony Orchestra was celebrating their 70th season of music-making and Robert Sells’ 30th Season and Musical Director of the CSO.

The members of Crosby Symphony Orchestra are all amateur musicians and come from diverse backgrounds.  There is a broad age-range but everyone shares the same enthusiasm for playing and performing orchestral music to a high standard and being part of this special team.

The Orchestra helps raise much need funds for all their partner charities and below is a list of their upcoming events


The final piece of the all Russian programme was the Festival Overture “The Year 1812” Tchaikovsky:   If you need any reminder ……..



                                           CANNON EXPLOSION! “


Over a century after it was written it brought the house down !             A wonderful afternoon’s entertainment !!

Front cover of concert

Future Concerts


June 10, 2013

Campaigner Chris 2013 Would you believe it

On Saturday morning 8th June I woke early and realised I had laryngitis and had lost my voice.  Needed to rely on my great colleague James to do all the verbal communications when we met up with our supporters to travel to London.  Undeterred this didn’t stop me making lots of noise in Hyde Park.  I had my wonderful whistle. This has travelled to many rallies including of course Make Poverty History and The Wave.  It was bought on the 16th May 1998 from a small stall as we left our coach and headed off into Birmingham city centre to join the rally for the Drop the Debt Jubilee Campaign .  I remember thinking “ probably won’t use it” and popped it into my bag.  How wrong I was.  We joined thousands of people making a nine mile human chain banging pots and pans, blowing hooters and waving klaxtons,  rattling chains and old wooden footy rattles !   Birmingham evokes very precious memories of the joy of uniting with like minded friends who work tirelessly for justice.  Last Saturday it happened again. There was a deep well of love for humanity that united over 45,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.  It gives us great hope and encouragement as we continue to dream for a world without hunger. We have enough food for everyone, yet one in eight people go to bed hungry each night.

IF we all speak out together in 2013 we can make our world leaders change the future.

A favourite hymn of mine is Breathe on me breath of God …  that I may love what Thou does love,  And do what Thou wouldst do…..

Even though I didn’t have  a voice for the voiceless on Saturday it didn’t matter I had my breath and  the wonderful whistle worked it’s magic once again !

Chris Lappine


December 14, 2012


World Gifts will delight your friends and family and make a huge difference to people in developing countries. Because they do something no pair of socks can ever do – they help people break free from poverty! This year we have over 30 gifts to choose from and to suit every kind of budget and ideas for every taste and age, from goats to bicycles! Take a look at what’s new for World Gifts 2012.
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St Teresa’s Upholland Connect2 Brazil

October 22, 2012

St Teresa’s Upholland launched CAFOD Connect2 Scheme once again moving 6,000 miles from Beira in Ethiopia to São Paulo in Brazil.  Chris Lappine visited the Parish last weekend to talk to parishioners about her trip to São Paulo a couple of years ago.    Chris was able to witness  first hand the plight of communities suffering extreme hardship through the lack of decent housing.

Since 1992, APOIO has helped 2,000 people to find decent accommodation in São Paulo every year.   APOIO brings families from 21 communities together to find decent housing and demand their rights as citizens.  APOIO’s work is carried out by grassroots community facilitators, like Nete who Chris met first in Liverpool and then again in São Paulo. ( Pictured above are photos of Fr Tony Slingo and Catherine Greaves the Scheme Coordinator along with a photo of  just three of her beautiful grandchildren and below  photos of Maria and Archimedes just 23 days old and Chris and Nete being reunited at the Apoio Office.)

St Teresa’s will be walking alongside two communities in São Paulo.  Maua is an abandoned hotel where 220 families live and the shanty down of Divineia where people are struggling to pay the high cost of home repayments and electricity and water rates are so high people have been forced to move out.

Parishioners were asked by Fr Tony Slingo to write their first Christmas card for 2012 to our friends in São Paulo.  Each were given a little photo with some information of the person and a Christmas greeting in Portugese.  Our very own James Tyrrell will be delivering these by hand when he visits there next month.

St Helens doctor runs Great North Run for CAFOD

September 17, 2012

A GP from St Helens has raisedhundreds of pounds for the Catholic aid agency CAFOD by participating in the BUPA Great North Run on Sunday, September 16.

Tiernan Dowling

Tiernan Dowling, 44, was one of almost 40,000 runners who took part in the half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields. He completed the gruelling 13.1miles in a time of 1 hour 45 minutes.

Tiernan, who works at Bowery Medical Centre in St Helens said: “This was my first Great North Run and it went a lot better than I expected. The atmosphere during the race was fantastic, I got pushed along in a wave of people and the adrenaline kicked in, so before I knew it I had completed the first six miles.”

Having completed part of his medical training in Uganda and Kenya, Tiernan has seen first-hand the work CAFOD carries out.

He said: “Having travelled to Africa, I know that the money CAFOD raises and the projects it supports are really needed. I would love an opportunity to work in the developing world again in the future but in the meantime I will keep raising money for CAFOD.”

This year, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, CAFOD had 50 runners taking part in the Great North Run, aiming to collect more than £10,000 in sponsorship between them.

Chris Lappine from CAFOD Liverpool said: “We’ve had a summer of amazing athletic achievement and CAFOD appreciates the efforts of all our runners. It’s wonderful that 50 people are prepared to put themselves out to train for and then run more than 13 miles to raise funds and awareness for CAFOD, whatever their level. We truly thank them for their sacrifice and dedication.”

There was a strong Olympic connection among the athletes taking part and Team GB representatives Mo Farah, Kat Copeland, Nicola Adams, Ellie Simmonds and Greg Rutherford – all medallists from the Olympics and Paralympics – were the race’s honorary starters.

Meanwhile, Olympic torchbearer John McBride ran the last mile of the race barefoot for the fifth consecutive year for CAFOD, in solidarity with those who can’t take having a pair of shoes for granted. John was joined for the first time by his 21-year-old daughter Lisa, inspired by two trips her Dad has made to the Korogocho slum in Kenya, most recently in June to present St John’s Sports Society in Korogocho with the Olympic torch he carried on June 16. Fittingly a Kenyan – Wilson Kipsang – won the men’s race, while his countrywoman – Edna Kiplagat – came second in the women’s race.


March 14, 2012

St Aidan’s Church Winstanley invited people to take a step further for Fairtrade today and join them at their Big Brew event. The Fairtrade tea party was attended by local residents and part of a national initiative by Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, which encourages schools, churches, workplaces and other groups to host a Fairtrade tea party during Fairtrade Fortnight

In addition to their monthly Traidcraft sale at the church, by hosting a Traidcraft Big Brew and raising awareness within the local community, St Aidan’s is helping families in the developing world to flourish.

Yvonne Fovargue Labour MP for the Makerfield Constituency popped in for a cuppa and to lend her support.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives

For tea farmer Margaret Wanjiku growing tea is now just one of many activities she carries out on her farm in Kenya, which help her to provide for her family. With training from Traidcraft she has learned how to keep bees, to harvest water, change the plants she grows – and even keep rabbits.

CAFOD Volunteer and Event organiser Patricia Boyle said, “I first became aware of Fairtrade through my cousin, a priest in Swaziland who helped establish Eswatini Kitchen, a Fairtrade Company that provides a fair and sustainable income for over 300 people. We have been selling Fairtrade products in St Aidans for about 9 years. Most of our stock is purchased from Traidcraft and our profit goes to CAFOD both of whom helped in the setting up of the Fairtrade Foundation.  I’m very grateful to people in Winstanley for their support for the Big Brew and to the Co-Op for donating goods for a Fairtrade raffle.”

Also on sale and in the hands of Chris Lappine Diocesan Manager of Liverpool a recipe book produced to mark this special  50th Anniversary year “50 Fairtrade Favourites”.    The recipes in the book come from CAFOD Salford volunteers and supporters, CAFOD staff and our friends in the Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM)  This delightful colourful recipe book can be purchased for only £6 and all profits from its sale will go towards the work of CAFOD around the world. To order your copy please contact the CAFOD Salford Office: 0161 705 0605 or


March 12, 2012

A Mass to Celebrate 50 Years of CAFOD took place at Sts Peter & Paul Crosby on the 2nd March.  The Celebrant was Fr John Furnival who was assisted by Fr John Cullen.  The CAFOD Speaker was Volunteer Pierre Ngendakuma and here is what he had to say.

Thank you Fr John and to you all for the opportunity to speak with you briefly this evening about the work of CAFOD, the aid and development agency of our Catholic Community in England and Wales.

My name is Pierre Ngendakumana. I was born in Africa in a country called Burundi. This evening I’m here as a volunteer of CAFOD.

For the last fifty years, the Catholic community here in St Peter and Paul and throughout Englandand Waleshas supported CAFOD through prayer, by taking part in campaigns and by giving generously even when times were tough.

For all of this thank you. This “thank you” is coming from someone who owes most of his upbringing, his education from the early age to the work of many organisations including CAFOD and your generosity. So it is not just a CAFOD’s thanks but my own thanks as well coming from my heart.

Your support over fifty years has helped reduce the number of children dying each year before the age of five, and enabled more children to attend primary school throughout the world. However, as well as being grateful for these achievements we must remember the reality of the world in which we live.

Just one example: Water. One in eight people in the world still does not have access to clean water, and every twenty seconds a child dies from dirty water. As you can understand I’m one of the lucky ones thanks to your support through CAFOD.

The symbolism of water is used in many religions and traditions. It is believed to be the substance that all things were made from and the Bible seems to agree.

We do know how we feel when we’re thirsty. Well that feeling which is temporary if you live in countries likeEnglandand and Wales, can last days, weeks and months if you live in some of the poorest countries. In those countries water is just a dream and when it becomes a reality rather than saving lives, it kills them because it is dirty.

In this time of Lent there is a widespread Christian tradition to give up things as a physical reminder of our preparation to Easter, inspired by the Gospel account of Jesus temptation in the desert.

I’m here to thank you for the sacrifice you made for the last fifty years by: going without something on Fast Days (a meal, a treat…) in order to support others. In doing so you have saved lives of those who are forced to live without the basic necessities of every day life.

This Lent, the generosity of the Catholic community is being recognised by theUK government. Under their UK Aid Match Scheme, they will match pound for pound every donation given to CAFOD. So for every pound you’re able to give, CAFOD will receive an extra pound to help thousands more people in the poorest communities in the global south, to live sustainably and with dignity by having access to essential services and resources.

Once more thank you for your ongoing support of CAFOD’ s work.

Many thanks to the Music Group and Deacon Ernest Diggory for helping too and not forgetting those who provided the refresments !


February 8, 2012

Nearly 2,500 supporters packed Westminster Cathedral for a mass of celebration for CAFOD’s 50th Anniversary.
Supporters from the Archdiocese of Liverpool joined others from dioceses all over England and Wales on Saturday 28th January to give thanks for 50 years of standing in solidarity with the poor, and to pray for the continued commitment to work toward ending poverty and injustice.
The mass was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, with the homily given by Bishop John Arnold. Bishop John spoke warmly of the work CAFOD has accomplished throughout the world, drawing on his experiences as a CAFOD trustee and his firsthand accounts of seeing CAFOD’s partners in action.
Symbols of CAFOD’s commitment to the greater world were present throughout the mass. The mass began with a procession of images depicting a significant person from each decade of CAFOD’s history, including Davi Yanomami of the Yanomami tribe in Brazil, and Cardinal David Hume. During the offertory, a number of gifts symbolising CAFOD’s work were brought up to the sanctuary, including a Romero Crucifix hand-painted by one of CAFOD’s partners in El Salvador. Following communion
It was an emotional day for many supporters directly affected by CAFOD’s work. Margaret Mwaniki, a CAFOD trustee and partner from Kenya, spoke to the congregation of her experience working with CAFOD in Kenya, as well as a strong call for support for CAFOD’s latest campaign, Thirst for Change. For Ellen Teague, a former CAFOD employee, the mass “felt like a family reunion,” reuniting her with old colleagues and new friends who shared in this common cause of “undertaking jubliean tasks of social justice.”

From Chris Bain CAFOD’s Director “ I am happy and honoured to welcome so many of you to Westminster Cathedral to join us in marking the beginning of CAFOD’s 50th anniversary year. Throughout the past half –century CAFOD and its partners have worked to end extreme poverty and disadvantage, looking towards a just world which anticipates God’s kingdom on earth, where every person can flourish and live in dignity and peace.
None of this would have been possible without the loyal and dedicated support from Catholics in England and Wales, the outstanding work of our partners who are working directly with the world’s poorest communities, or the long-standing backing of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Today, we come together in prayer, giving thanks to God for the grace which has enables us to achieve so much and to see God’s blessing on all that we do in the future.
Thank you for being with us here today and for the tremendous support you have given CAFOD throughout the last 50 years. I hope we can recommit ourselves to building a just, paceful and sustainable world.”


January 4, 2012

Rangifer Tarandus (aka Chris Lappine) and Bambi (aka Freddie Paul Lappine) were delighted because it was the bestest and balmiest weather since the fun run began 28 years ago !!


What a difference a year makes. Twelve months after the whole country was frozen  temperatures reached highs of 15C (59f) as we approached the 1pm start of the 2011 CAFOD Fun Run.  With reports of dancing daffodils welcoming our runners and walkers in Wavertree Park we knew we were going to have an amazing day.

More to follow…………………..


November 21, 2011

The Cast and Backstage Crew

Who did do it ?

A Likely Suspect........

Inspector Sherlock Clueless Investigates

St Anne’s players put on a wonderful production of Murder becomes a Habit on Friday 18th November  with proceeds in aid of CAFOD.  The murder mystery is set in the refectory of St Ethelburga’s Convent on a stormy night.  The arrival of unexpected guests results in startling consequences.  Inspector Sherlock Clueless certainly had his work cut out.  Even though the audience were able to question the players no one guessed who the murderer(s) was (were) ?

Many thanks to The Players and all those who helped in any way to make this such a special night and for raising £350.00 for CAFOD !!


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