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.