CAFOD Liverpool channelled their inner ‘Gerry & the Pacemakers’ rock side when Lemlem, a CAFOD partner from Ethiopia, came to visit Liverpool for the May bank holiday weekend! Her visit was to help us celebrate the climax of the ‘Thirst for Change’ campaign in Liverpool. So far parishes, schools and individuals in Liverpool Archdiocese have have taken 2470 actions for the campaign!
The first port of call (get it?) for Lemlem was visiting St John’s Catholic Church in Kirkdale. She spoke at the Saturday evening mass as well as 1 mass on the Sunday morning where she saw 2 baptisms. While she was there, Lemlem met Margaret (a lady in the congregation who was 100 years old!!!) who presented Lemlem with a special mass card.
We then took Lemlem on the ‘Ferry across the Mersey’-it was her first time on a boat! We were also joined by members of Liverpool’s Ethiopian community and passers-by on the ferry who joined in the fun and were delighted to meet Wally the waterdrop. While we were on the ferry we even met Jimmy Corkhill from Brookside (actor Dean Sullivan) dressed as a pirate! With Lemlem’s help, we made ‘a river of change’ using all the droplets signed by the schools and parishes in Liverpool Archdiocese with the song ‘Ferry across the mersey’ playing in the background!
After the ferry, Lemlem and the CAFOD Liverpool team went to meet with Liverpool’s Ethiopian community at St Agnes & St Pancras’ church in Toxteth Park. We joined them for an Ethiopian prayer service and after the service, we joined them in an Ethiopian feast including injera, ambasha and wat stew.
Finally at the end of a busy day we concluded Lemlem’s whistle-stop tour by visiting Liverpool’s Catholic Cathedral!
Thank you so much to everyone who made Lemlem’s day in Liverpool one that she’ll never forget!