Archive for the ‘CAFOD’ Category

A fond farewell

July 24, 2014

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Last night, over 50 CAFOD supporters, volunteers, chaplains, CAFOD groups, priests, teachers, chaplains, CAFOD staff and youth groups all came along to the Eldonian Village for a night to remember. It was a combination of a ceilida, barn dancing and singing. Music was kindly provided by Kevin Bargen and his friend Joe who were brilliant hosts. It was also a chance for us to say a fond farewell to James who is leaving CAFOD after a wonderful five years and 3 months. Thanks again to everyone who came-it really was a fantastic night! :)

A rainbow looms for CAFOD

July 21, 2014


School Volunteer Justine Silcock went to collect a cheque from St Edmund and St Thomas’s Catholic Primary School in Waterloo in mid July. They raised an astonishing £1,300 over Lent and throughout the summer term. Meanwhile a group of year 2 children, using their own initiative, decided they would like to make loom bracelets, necklaces etc and sell them at a stall at their Summer Fair. They ended up raising £70.70 for CAFOD. Many thanks to everyone at St Edmund and St Thomas’s!


CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving 2014

July 17, 2014

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The CAFOD Annual Mass of Thanksgiving took place last night at the parish of St Oswald’s Church in Old Swan with over 250 CAFOD supporters. It was extra special this year as we were joined by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon who concelebrated Mass with Fr Mike Fitzsimmons, Fr Mark Beattie, Fr Grant Maddock and Fr Roy Cooper (who was only ordained to the priesthood last week at St John’s Church in Kirkdale). It was even more special this year as Fr Mark Beattie, the parish priest of St Oswald’s, was celebrating his 20th anniversary as a priest. The children and staff from St Oswald’s Catholic Junior School made a beautiful display at the back of church especially for the evening. The children have written cards for the children living in the Connect2: Brazil and Connect2: Cambodia communities. We will be sending their cards to the communities over the summer. Tom O’Connor (Director of CAFOD’s Communities and Supporters Division) thanked the people of Liverpool Archdiocese for their generosity over  the years and spoke about some of the people he has met around the world who have been helped by CAFOD including Albania, Peru and Sierra Leone. After Mass, Agnes, Imelda and parishioners from St Oswald’s provided the refreshments including a cake to celebrate Fr Mark’s 20th anniversary. We would like to give a special thanks to everyone who made the night so special especially Sr Moira Meeghan and the other musicians for providing the beautiful music

Please click here to download a copy of the order of service from the night.


Don’t forget that the CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving is taking place next Wednesday!

July 7, 2014

Poster for Mass of thanksgivi


The Annual CAFOD Mass of thanksgiving is taking place next Wednesday 16th July at 7:30pm at St Oswald’s Catholic Church, Old Swan, Liverpool. We would be really grateful if you could please advertise the upcoming Mass in your parish, schools or work places. This year’s Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. We will also be joined by Tom O’Connor (CAFOD’S Director of Communities and Supporters division) who will be speaking about his recent trip to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The children from St Oswald’s Catholic Junior School will also be helping on the night. Refreshments will be served after Mass. Everyone will be more than welcome.

To download a poster to put up in your church, school or workplace, please click here:

Poster advertising mass of thanksgiving

Looking forward to seeing you all then :)

Our Lady’s are in the mood for dancing!

June 30, 2014

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Children and staff at Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Catholic Primary School danced the day away on Tuesday 24th June as part of a Zumba Marathon to raise money for CAFOD. The school resonated with various pieces of dance music whilst each year group joined the dance leaders. Everyone enjoyed it, as the pictures show!

Many thanks to everyone who boogied the day way!

From El Salvador with Love!

June 30, 2014

St Anne's in Ormskirk 1

The children at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School had a CAFOD competition last year. The children had to design their own Romero Cross and the winning designs would then be made by Lazaro Rodríguez (pictured below with his family), the carpenter who lives in El Salvador and who makes the Romero Crosses that CAFOD sell. The winning designs were then sent to Lazaro who has been working hard on them over the last year.

CAFOD School Volunteer Justine Silcock went to present the school with their new Romero Crosses on Friday 27th June. She presented the crosses to the winning designers (pictured above) who were delighted to see their designs turned into such wonderful creations. The beautiful crosses now hang in St Anne’s School for all to see. Justine presented an assembly telling the children all about the journey of their designs to Lazaro in El Salvador, the process of how he makes the beautiful crosses, and then all about the crosses’ journey back to Ormskirk.

Justine’s visit was part of a ‘Colours for CAFOD’ day  school fundrainsing day which involved a morning of wonderful activities such as flag making, playing the the Banana Trade game and a Fairtrade cafe selling banana smoothies, fruit salad and cakes. After Justine’s assembly the school then held a whole school Fun Run to raise money for CAFOD.

Many thanks to the whole school for all their amazing and inspirational fundraising and to Lazaro for his marvellous work!


UPDATE: St Anne’s have just been in touch to tell us that during their ‘Colours for CAFOD’ day they raised a brilliant £395. Pictured below are two year 5 pupils who used their own time and initiative to raise further money by selling loom bands. They raised a wonderful £15.75. Many thanks :)



An Egg-ceptional night!

June 30, 2014

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Last night, St Aidan’s Church in Wigan had another successful CAFOD quiz. It was hosted and written by one of BBC2s ‘Eggheads’ Pat Gibson. Over 100 people gathered in the parish centre to see who would be crowned the winners! Categories included general knowledge, film, television, sport, literature, music and different types of picture rounds. In first place was Team ‘Quiz Akabusi,’ closely followed by the runners up ‘5 Alive.’ We had two teams in joint third place, ‘Pointless’ and ‘the non-specialists’. Altogether over £772.00 was raised for Connect2:Brazil. A massive, massive THANK YOU to volunteer Pat Boyle for all her hard work and to the Gibson family who make the night so entertaining and fun. More photos to follow in the next few weeks….


June 19, 2014

Sacred Heart Chq 2,200

Chris Lappine visited Sacred Heart Crosby today to collect a huge cheque for £2,200 collected during Lent by the whole school.  The generous students carried out a number of fundraising activities.Years 7 and 8 collected coins for CAFOD and had a competition to see  who could make the longest line. Classes became very competitive as they managed to cover the length of the playground five times. The distance of their coins, when added together, came to seven times that of the Radio City Tower. Other year groups also had cake sales and rich man poor man meals.

Before Chris received the cheque, she talked to students about CAFOD’s work in São Paulo and the inspirational women she knows who work tirelessly for social justice and decent housing for all.


Group Yr8

Hello from Ethiopia!

June 17, 2014

Pictured below are children living in the community of Sebeya who have received cards from some of our schools in Liverpool Archdiocese including St Basil’s in Widnes and Archbishop Beck. The children are in year 5 and nursery of the local primary school in Sebeya. Tamiru passed on the photos to us while he was visiting at the weekend and he emphasised how much the children loved receiving the cards so thank you to everyone who took time to write :)

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CAFOD Liverpool Garden Party 2014

June 14, 2014

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CAFOD Liverpool were lucky enough to welcome Abba Solomon, Tamiru Legesse and Abba Teum from Ethiopia to our annual garden party which took place today. The sunshine came out in full force to join over 40 key volunteers and parish contacts who not only met with our Ethiopian friends but also relaxed in the glorious sunshine eating scrumptious Creame teas. Volunteers came from all over the Archdiocese from Leigh to Leyland; from Wigan to St Helen’s; from Warrington to Crosby.

We heard presentations from Abba Teum who is the director of CAFOD’s partner ADCS who talked about ADCS’s work including water, sanitation and the affects of climate change. He also discussed the impact of the conflict in Eritrea and Sudan and the effect that was having on Ethiopia especailly with number of refugees. He answered lots of different questions from our volunteers. Afterwards Tamiru Legesse, the CAFOD communications officer for Ethiopia, spoke briefly and showed us a video clip of what has happened in Sebeya over the previous year including all the different celebrations including the Easter processions. Meanwhile Abba Solomon, the Parish Priest in Sebeya’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church was presented with a framed photo of the icon of the Holy Trinity by St Andrei Rublev for his church which is named ‘Holy Trinity’ so a little bit of Liverpool will then be in the community of Sebeya. Abba Solomon then thanked the people of Liverpool Archdiocese for their support.

After the presentations, everyone went outside to enjoy the sunshine and have a natter over chilled juice, tea and their gorgeous scones and strawberries. We were also shown a photograph of children in Sebeya holding the cards made by young people from our different primary and secondary schools including Archbishop Beck, Maricourt, St Basil’s in Widnes and lots more (please see below). Many thanks to everyone who joined us today. See you next year! :)



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