COVID-19 Update

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CAFOD Supporters campaigning

CAFOD Supporters taking action against Climate Change

Thank you for your patience while we take on board the changing situation with COVID-19 and the incredibly important role you play in support of our development and humanitarian work.

Thanks to your compassion and commitment, we can reach some of the poorest and marginalised communities around the world.

The Liverpool Volunteer Centre is closed (for now) – but there are still many ways to get involved!

CAFOD is following the advice issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales (CBCEW) as well as the UK government.

Following the government’s advice, we have taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face events and meetings and have closed all regional offices until at least June.

All the latest information about CAFOD’s response to COVID-19 will be on our Coronavirus Q & A and COVID-19: Information for volunteers pages.

Get in touch: Siobhan and Colette will still be available by mobile phone, email and via social media, so if you have any

questions or thoughts do not hesitate to be in touch whatever your query:

Siobhan – Mobile:  07779 804 241          Email:  sfarnell@cafod.org.uk

Colette – Mobile:  07779 804 242           Email: cbyrne@cafod.org.uk

Online worship
With the Coronavirus pandemic causing masses to be cancelled, there are now lots of parishes and cathedrals offering virtual worship.

You can find out more information about local live-streamed services here:  http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/mass-live-stream.html

We’ve also created a ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ session which will take place every Sunday to help families to worship in their own homes.

Online resources
If you’re looking for community, we have a CAFOD community group on Facebook. Please do join and invite others to do the same.

If you’re a parent, we have a large range of online education resources tailored specifically for primary and secondary ages, alongside worship and prayer content.

If you’re looking to learn more about CAFOD’s international work, we will be releasing a weekly timetable of online talks.

Feel-good stories
If you are a CAFOD volunteer and hear of a great story in your local parish – please let us know so we can share it on our social media channels and website.

It would be great if you would be able to email over a few sentences about what happened, along with a photo.

Prayer for the Coronavirus
Even though the volunteer centres are temporarily shut, we hope to be able to continue to offer opportunities to connect with the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world.

Please keep an eye of our social media pages for the latest updates:
Find us on Facebook  and Twitter at CAFOD in Liverpool.

In the meantime, we continue to pray for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus and the healthcare workers here in the UK and overseas, who are on the frontline of this crisis – and ask that you too join us in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

Liverpool community invited to join virtual prayer for global community on the frontline of Coronavirus

In the face of lockdown, communities have been pulling together to adapt and connect in new ways.

We’ve been amazed at how you, our supporters, have come together – whether it be through the facebook community or at the Sunday Children’s Liturgy – and we have lots of virtual ways to keep you updated and connected to our global communities.

Our first virtual mass

Our first virtual mass

Our first virtual mass

Places of worship were among some of the many places forced to close as part of the fight in tackling the spread of COVID-19 but thanks to live-steaming technology, the Catholic community can still ‘congregate’ during the lockdown.

We’ve decided to hold our first ever live-steamed mass this Wednesday – and we would love for you to join us.

The mass, which will be celebrated by Fr Liam Hayes, will be taking place this Wednesday 1 April at 6pm, BST and you can register online before.

In addition to the CAFOD mass, local parishes and Cathedrals are also live-streaming services throughout the week. In Liverpool Archdiocese there are services online and you can find out about others across the country.

Praying beyond mass

Sister Consilia Prayers Beyond mass

Sister Consilia Prayers Beyond mass

Our Theology team have published prayers on our website for all those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  

We are also holding an online prayer and reflection session, followed by a virtual coffee morning.

Beginning at 11 am, we will be welcoming supporters from across the country to join us in prayer and there will be time to break out and discuss afterwards.

Please join us on Tuesday 7 April, 11 am-12 pm – and remember your brew! Sign up here: Prayer and chat

Online talks: COVID-19 and the impact on international development
COVID-19 has now spread to every continent except Antarctica with confirmed cases in several African and Asian countries where CAFOD works.

We are now hearing about the catastrophic situations that will arise if there was an outbreak of COVID-19 in developing countries with weaker healthcare systems, or in a refugee camp with limited handwashing facilities.

Through the church, we can reach communities that others can’t – and you can find out more on Thursday 2 April, 11 am-12 pm. Sign up here: COVID-19 and the impact on international development.

Final thoughts

CAFOD Climate Champions

CAFOD Climate Champions

We would really like to stay connected and reach out to our wider Liverpool community. Do let us know if you’ve heard of any heart-warming stories from any Liverpool parishes that we could share or if you have any ideas about how to bring our community together.

How climate champion Tom, 6, transformed an abandoned Liverpool plot into a thriving community garden

Tom's Garden 1

Six months ago, a piece of land on the outskirts of Liverpool lay abandoned but thanks to the determination of one local boy, inspired by Laudato Si’, it has been transformed into a lively community garden. Find out how Tom did it here: 

Tom, 6, who is a pupil at Our Lady’s and St Swithin R C Primary School, first came up with the idea of creating a community garden after he attended an assembly by a CAFOD education volunteer, who explained how climate change is affecting communities around the world.

Could you spare some time to volunteer with CAFOD and help transform global communities?

So inspired with what he had learned, Tom sprang into action and with the help of his mum, proposed the idea for a community garden to Croxteth University, who kindly donated a plot of land.

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Liverpool Universities campaign for creation

On Thursday 28th March, students from the Liverpool Universities Catholic Society came

Cathsoc Creation Mass for CAFOD

Cathsoc Creation Mass for CAFOD

together for a Creation Mass, quiz and curry as part of CAFOD’s new ‘Our Common Home’ campaign.

Climate change affects our health, our homes, our heritage and our beautiful landscapes. It ruins the work we do to fight poverty and lead better lives. We know that to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must limit global temperature rise to 1.5C. Going above 1.5C warming could multiply hunger, migration and conflict. To stand the best chance of avoiding this, we need the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2045. This will mean Britain no longer contributes to climate change. You can sign our petition to the government too!

Cathsoc shared meal after creation mass

Cathsoc shared meal after creation mass

The event started with Fr Neil Ritchie leading a Creation Mass, which included creation themed hymn, prayers and readings. He also showed a video of Pope Francis speaking about the importance of caring for our common home. The mass was followed by a vegetarian curry and rice made by one of the students which was enjoyed by all. CAFOD Representative, Kelly Habarugira, introduced the campaign to the students, explaining why we, as Catholics, need to join the fight against climate change and encouraged attendees to sign the petition. The climate change quiz was a big hit, sparking debates about the impact our everyday lives have on our environment, CAFOD’s work and the need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C.

Kelly said “Overall, I think it was a very successful event. We read the organiser’s guide and executed the event in our own style. It was easy to step up the event due to the amount of attendees and the division of responsibilities. Everyone enjoyed the evening, and the quiz was very informative and competitive!”

Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe, said “I thoroughly enjoyed the

Cathsoc students at Creation Mass for CAFOD

Cathsoc students at Creation Mass for CAFOD

Creation Mass and quiz, Kelly and the CathSoc committee did a fantastic job – everyone got involved and it was great to see so many students coming together to campaign for climate change. This was the first event for the new campaign in the Liverpool diocese, and it is a wonderful indicator of exciting things to come!”

Find out how you can get involved with Our Common Home.