Join us for a retreat to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us.

Listening to the poor, reflecting on the Scriptures and engaging with political realities transformed Oscar Romero into one of the Church’s most respected and inspirational figures. His legacy of radical love lives on 100 years after his birth.

At this CAFOD retreat, you are invited to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. Take time to reflect on your own journey of transformation, and be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today. Our Local Retreat will take place in the Salford diocese.

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The retreat is free of charge. All are welcome, whether or not you are already involved with CAFOD’s campaigns.

The location is Wardley Hall, 43 Wardley Hall Lane, Worsley,  Manchester, Lancashire, M28 2RL. Please bring savoury vegetarian food to share for lunch. 10am-4pm.

Please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/journey-to-justice-a-cafod-retreat-registration-35696994672 for more details.

Ursuline Primary pupils give children across the world the ‘Power to Be’

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

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Ursuline Primary School in Crosby is one of the schools taking part in our new Power to Be campaign.

Pupils from years 3 and 5 learnt how renewable energy can transform the lives of children and their communities in the world’s poorest places. By making impressive giant suns with messages to the World Bank and praying for children to gain access to electricity so that they can reach their full potential, the children enjoyed learning about Power to Be and engaged well with the messages being taught.

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The children also made promises to save energy in the future and thought about the ways in which they could make a difference in their homes and schools.

Ged Edwards, a local CAFOD representative, said: “It’s great to hear how well the children from Ursuline Primary School did in the Power to Be activities, and that they were thinking of ways that they could help to save energy in their own lives.  They should be proud of themselves – what a magnificent display they made!”

Find out more about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign

Join us for news on CAFOD’s exciting work in El Salvador!

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Join us at our Harvest Fast Day Briefing to find out how CAFOD has been working with Edelmira from El Salvador

 

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching, with less than six weeks to go! CAFOD Liverpool will be holding two sessions on Wednesday 20 September around the Archdiocese so you can find out more about our exciting work in El Salvador.

We will be telling you the stories of those we support in El Salvador and you will have the chance to talk with staff who have visited the country.  We will provide you with the resources you need to be able to know about our goal of focusing on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters and the progress and difficulties involved in creating peace.

The sessions are as follows:

  • Chorley: from 1.30pm – 4pm at St Joseph’s Parish Club, Harper’s Lane, Chorley PR6 0HR and
  • Liverpool: from 7 – 9pm at St Philomena’s Church (Russell Room), Sparrow Hall Rd, Liverpool L9 6BU.

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend or would like more information by emailing liverpool@cafod.org.uk or calling the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028.  If you can’t make it to the briefings, please note that you can join a briefing online at Romero House or watch the recording afterwards by registering here.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “Plant the seeds that one day will grow.”

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Blessed Oscar Romero

Whether you’d like to speak at Mass, hold a Fast Day event or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

There are many online resources available to you too, including briefing notes, which you can find here.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you on 20 September!

Colette Byrne and Ged Edwards
Community Participation Coordinators, CAFOD Liverpool

A coconut sweet-making cooperative, a small business project in Puentecitos, part of CAFOD's Connect2 El Salvador programme.

A coconut sweet-making cooperative, a small business project in Puentecitos, part of CAFOD’s Connect2 El Salvador programme.

 

Resources for Creation Time

Today (September 1st) marks the start of Creation Time, which will run until October 4th.  In collaboration with the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission we have put together a resource for groups to follow with in their parishes.
It includes praying with the Gospels, stories from our time and reflections on Pope Francis’ famous 2015 letter (encyclical) Laudato Si’: on Care of our Common Home.
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The Front Cover of this wonderful resource.

 
There are five independent sections, each based on the See, Judge, Act process (Pastoral Cycle) which can be taken as a course or as a series of one-off sessions of one and a half hours to follow each of the five Sundays during the season of Creation Time. 
 
Pope Francis has asked that this Creation Time be marked with prayer, reflection and action in relation to the Earth and our place upon it. The Resource is an excellent way to help parishes to do this. Also it provides good material for personal reflection if your parish is not offering anything. 
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A poster to advertise your sessions

Here is a very brief outline of the resource:


Week 1. 
Stumbling Blocks: What does the Gospel mean when it says “for what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?  Can it be true that less is more?

Week 2. 
See-Judge-Act: To whom do we need to listen? From where do we get our information? Whom should webelieve?

Week 3. 
Right Relationships: Who are the people and what are the situations for which we need to ask forgiveness? Debt has many forms.

Week 4. 
A Fairer World: Is the Pope calling us to a different relationship with the world? What sort of consumers should we be?

Week 5. 
A Call to Action: Will good intentions be enough to save the world? As an issue requiring different responses in the future, what are the hidden realities of using plastic in the world? Are we prepared to get involved in change for the better?
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Download the resource by clicking here 
Please email Ged Edwards: gedwards@cafod.org.uk or Steve Atherton: s.atherton@rcaol.co.uk or ring 0151 522 1080  for more information.

Power to Be in Penketh!

On Sunday 9th July, before and after mass, members of the CAFOD group at St Joesph’s in Penketh, organised a signing of Power to be cards. On what turned out to be a sunny day the group managed to have 253 postcards filled in and sent to CAFOD, a fantastic effort.

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Maria Baker and Gordon and Kate Moss, members of the CAFOD group encouraging parishioners to sign the Power to Be cards. Incidentally, Gordon took part in the Wirral walk recently and raised a total of £1,230 for CAFOD.

“Power to Be” is a CAFOD Campaign which calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to support renewable energy, which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

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Parishioners signing CAFOD’s Power to Be cards

The campaign has been supported by Archbishop Malcolm who said “I’m delighted to support CAFOD’s campaign to the World Bank which will enable children in the poorest places to access the education they deserve and to aspire to a brighter future.”

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon signed his card for the Power to be Campaign

Archbishop Malcolm, getting involved by signing a card.

You can watch Sarah Croft, CAFOD’s Campaigns manager talking about Power to Be and Live Simply by clicking here

You can find out more about Power to Be by clicking here

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A parishioner signing a card.

If you would like to receive campaign action cards to share in your parish or school, please order them online by clicking here or by calling 0300 011 5680.  For further information, contact the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028 or email liverpool@cafod.org.uk

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