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CAFOD North West Campaign Launch

September 2, 2014

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The North West launch of CAFOD’s new campaign: One Climate One World on Saturday 20 September 2014 at the

Quaker Friends’ Meeting House

6 Mount Street,


M2 5NS

Starting at 2pm (arrivals and refreshments from 1.30pm) and finishing at 5pm.

……..for the 5 dioceses of the Northwest region and also Leeds Diocese.

Our launch takes place on the eve of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester and on the day of the National Women’s Conference – to which the women members of the Labour Party are invited to attend before Annual Conference opens. Taking advantage of this, we have invited a couple of MPs along to our launch. We’ll be able to confirm their attendance nearer the time.

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We are pleased that Bishop Terence Brain of Salford Diocese will join us.

At our Campaigns Energiser Day in June in Preston, many commented on how interesting they found the perspective given by CAFOD Policy Analyst Rob Elsworth in Preston at the Campaign Energiser Day in Preston in June. We are pleased that Sarah Wykes, CAFOD’s Lead Analyst on Environment and Climate Change, will be joining us for the launch to continue this conversation.climate 3

Campaigners at the Preston Energiser Day

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At the end of the day, there is the option to go to Mass at The Hidden Gem (St Mary’s), a beautiful small Catholic Church, minutes away from our meeting place. Mass starts at 5.15pm.

The programme for the afternoon includes input from members of CAFOD’s Campaign Team, Eilidh Macpherson and Maria Elena Arana, as well as from Sarah Wykes our Senior Analyst on Climate Change and Energy. There’ll be an opportunity for a community action and photo with the Bishop and the MPs and time for reflection and questions too.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an interesting, active and informative afternoon.

You can book your place through the CAFOD website.

Alternatively you could let us know at the CAFOD Liverpool Office or by phone 0151 228 4028

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

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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 :)

Lots of soggy bottoms…..

June 9, 2014

On Saturday 7th June, Anne and John Wills from St Helen’s Parish in Crosby held their annual fundraiser in aid of the McMillan Nurses, the Waterloo Project and CAFOD’s Connect2: Brazil. Nearly 100 people braved the thunder, lightning and torrential downpour to join them on the day. Hundreds of delicious cakes and puddings, all made by Louise Wills, sold out in no time. They also had a tombola, plant sale and a bric-a-brac! Anne had even crotcheted teddy bears to sell. Altogether, £1700 was raised. The garden party was extra special this year as we were celebrating the good news from our friends in Maua. A big thank you to everyone who came on the day!

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Remembering Rwanda – 20 years on

April 4, 2014


Remembering Rwanda -20 years on

Originally posted on CAFOD blog:

by Rob Rees, Former Africa Programme Officer

Rob Rees, Former Africa Programme Officer, CAFODI first became involved in Rwanda in July 1994, some two or three months after the start of the horrific events in that landlocked country, the full scale of which had not, by that time, reached the wider world.

I was Programme Officer for CAFOD’s work in Tanzania and one of our main partners there, Caritas Tanzania, had alerted the international Caritas network of the huge influx of refugees who had crossed into Northwestern Tanzania.

At the time the media focus wasn’t on this neighbouring country, but inside Rwanda and what was then Zaire, as news reports tried to grapple with what was happening, reporting daily stories of horrific killings and survival against all the odds.

Tanzania during the Rwandan genocide

Northwestern Tanzania was a neglected and under-developed region at that time, with very poor infrastructure. There was no spare capacity to be…

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December 5, 2013

Joseph the Musical


On Sunday 8 December at 7:30pm the students will put on a performance of this great Old Testament story.

Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection for the CAFOD’s Philippines Disaster Fund

Everyone is welcome!

Philip Neri House    30 Catharine Street     Liverpool     L8 7NL



October 9, 2013

The Dream Team at St Bede’s Ormskirk has been very very busy. The team is a group of senior pupils who meet weekly to plan and organise charity events within the school.
CAFOD’s Chris Lappine visited the school on the 4th October to talk to Y9 students and collect this amazing cheque of £2,975.45 !

£1,319.00 of which was for CAFOD’s Syria Appeal.

Many many thanks to everyone for their tremendous team work.

St Bede’s Mission Statement is

“Christ is at the centre of our lives”.

Thank you for taking part in the Big IF Rally

June 12, 2013

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Eilidh Macpherson from the campaigns team says thank you, with the highlights of the Big IF G8 Rally in Hyde Park.

Originally posted on CAFOD Leeds' Blog:

Saturday was an  incredible day. We have been working towards this day for many months. But it still felt pretty surreal, standing in Hyde Park, the Big IF G8 Rally *finally* happening. 

About the author:Eilidh Macpherson is a campaigner working in London

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It was last August that I went to my first Enough Food For Everyone … IF campaign meeting, and I remember feeling overwhelmed by the task in front of us.

I was a student in Edinburgh during Make Poverty History. I still remember being blown away by the scale of that day: the numbers of people that had travelled from all over the country, the atmosphere of ambition and solidarity, as well as the inspiring speakers.

Big protests and mobilisations are important times. They’re moments when…

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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


May 28, 2013

The CAFOD Support Shop opened on Monday 1st June 1993. It poured with rain all day but business was steady and the takings totalled £160.00!

The official opening was performed by CAFOD Director Julian Filochowski on Saturday 12th June 1993. In a short ceremony, which concluded with the cutting of a CAFOD cake, Mgr George Mooney gave the shop a special blessing. MP Joe Benton, Fr Dave Gamble, Deacon Peter Callaghan, Cllr Paul Cummins and CAFOD Regional Organiser Vin McMullen.
were also present.

Julian’s message was that the shop was truly a pioneering venture, one that would be watched closely by many people in the months ahead.

20 years on the shop continues to flourish and bear great fruit for CAFOD’s family throughout the world.
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At the present time Harry Wallace one of the pioneers back in 1993 pictured here with CAFOD’s Director Chris Bain isn’t too well and we would ask you to remember him in your prayers.

Frances and Margaret Shop 29 05 2013

Pictured here Margaret and Frances part of the Tuesday Team.


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