World Day of Prayer and Fasting: pray with Pope Francis on Family Fast Day

Pope Francis has called for a World Day of Prayer and Fasting on Family Fast Day.

On Friday 23 February, at his request, please unite in prayer with him for the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

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Ahadi and her friend Belta received training and tools from our partner so they could open a tailors workshop.

It’s wonderful to think that on that day, we will this year be fasting and praying not just with Catholics across England and Wales, but with Catholics across the whole world.

To mark this special occasion, CAFOD Liverpool are holding a prayer session for volunteers, supporters and staff starting at 1pm till 1.30pm which will be followed by a simple vegetarian soup and bread lunch at the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre.

 

All are welcome to attend this free event!  

 

The address is 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ.  Please let us know if you are coming or have any particular dietary requirements on 0151 228 4028 or liverpool@cafod.org.uk

 

 

 

Categories: Prayer, CAFOD Liverpool

Tags: Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer and Fasting, Family Fast Day, Lent Appeal, CAFOD, Event

Share a green heart to show you care about climate change this Valentine Day

Written by CAFOD volunteer Beth Crumpton

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  You are undoubtedly surrounded by shops filled with gifts for your nearest and dearest, but this year you can really make it count by supporting CAFOD’s green heart campaign and showing your love for God’s creation.

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Show the love this Valentine’s Day

This February, show you care by starting a conversation on climate change by crafting and sharing your own green heart.

Our beautiful world is under threat from the changing climate, and it’s the poorest people who are most vulnerable. One in five of our sisters and brothers still don’t have access to the clean energy they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

Last year students from Liverpool Hope University made their mark by holding a bake sale, pledging to go greener and sharing what they treasure about our planet: beaches, mountains, trees and bees!  It was a great way to consciously take action and to understand the changes our world is seeing.

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Get involved!

Follow Liverpool Hope’s lead and hold your own event with your parish or school community. This campaign is perfect for children’s liturgy.

Small actions contribute to making big changes, so this February we’d encourage you to make and share your green heart.

 

The more creative, the better!

 

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CAFOD’s campaign volunteer co-ordinator in Liverpool, Emily McIndoe, said: “It’s so easy to support this campaign and share your love for the environment. What a fun way to get children involved in liturgy, and a brilliant activity to complete with your family, friends and fellow parishioners.  You could even hold your own green theme coffee morning!”

If you hold your own event, don’t forget to share your photos with us on Twitter or by email liverpool@cafod.org.uk. We’d love to see your creations!

Find out more about the campaign.

 

 

Prepare for Lent Fast Day in Croxteth, 10th February

On Saturday 10th February you and your friends and family are welcome to hear Livison Chipatiso, Programme Officer from the CAFOD office in Harare, will be in Croxteth from 2pm-4pm. He will be speaking about CAFOD’s projects tackling hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe.

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The location is at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Stonebridgte Lane, Croxteth, L11 9AZ

All are welcome, and we hope to see you there

2017 – A year of highlights for CAFOD Liverpool

Happy New Year from everyone at CAFOD Liverpool, we hope you had a successful 2017, and wish you the best for 2018. Here are some of our highlights from our work in 2017 (In no particular order)!

#Ficamaua – This Autumn 237 families were faced with the uncertainty of losing their home, but thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we were thrilled to find out that there would be no eviction!

You can watch a video of our supporters holding their #Ficamaua signs by clicking here

CAFOD Liverpool’s campaigns co-ordinator, Emily McIndoe, said: “We’re so pleased with the result of this campaign.  The support from parishioners in the Archdiocese of Liverpool has been astounding.  What great news!”

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Live Simply – Great progress has been made across the Archdiocese towards Live Simply, Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in Birkdale,  became the first school in the country to receive the livesimply award.

We also have a number of parishes working towards their awards, in various parts of the Archdiocese, including Ormskirk, Liverpool and Widnes, Colette Byrne said “We’re asking people to evaluate how they live their lives, and emphasising how it can impact our planet and the people living on it.  Pope Francis asks us in Laudato Si, to care for our common home.” With an assessment scheduled in January, stay tuned to find out more (don’t forget you can subscribe to our blog at the bottom of the page).

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CAFOD Liverpool’s Office Volunteer, Stephen Cooke said “It’s been fantastic to see the growth of Live Simply in the Archdiocese, with the first Live Simply school in the country being from the Archdiocese, a parish having scheduled an assessment in January, and several more close to booking an assessment, we wish them all good luck, and look forward to seeing what 2018 brings for Live Simply in the Archdiocese”

Find out more about the Livesimply award.

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Ged’s trip to The Philippines – During the summer Ged, and two of his CAFOD Colleagues (Maggie Mairura, who is Ged’s counterpart in the Nottingham Diocese, and David Brinn, CAFOD’s National Schools Volunteer Programme Coordinator) visited The Philippines to see for themselves how money donated to CAFOD was used in the aftermath of Typhoons Haiyan and Melor.

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Ged said, “It was a great honour to share what we know and to work alongside our partners to deliver it.  We also took the marvelous opportunity to see first hand the projects that CAFOD supporters have helped to fund and the progress local communities we visited have made since The Philippines was devastated by these massive Typhoons.”

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Ged would be happy to talk to your parish, group or school saying “I’d love the chance to visit more people to share my experience, and give the people the chance to find out how their support for CAFOD helps people in areas such as The Philippines.  I was so impressed with how people work together there and how they battle with the natural disasters and the impacts of climate change as well as dealing with injustice on a large scale.”

If you would like to arrange a visit from Ged please contact gedwards@cafod.org.uk or phone 0151 228 4028.

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Power to Be – Power to be was CAFOD’s renewable energy campaign which focused on the fact that every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

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Over 29,000 people across the country signed the Petition calling on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

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Ged Edwards said “This is a campaign with a real focus – we really can make a difference in practical ways and it is so simple!”

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Liverpool’s Thanksgiving Event for Volunteers – On Saturday 10 June, CAFOD volunteers from the Archdiocese of Liverpool came together to celebrate their achievements in an afternoon full of events, cake and friendship.

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We heard from volunteers from across the diocese, some of whom were schools’ volunteers and parish volunteers from their local CAFOD groups.  There was such a huge mix of activities that people take part in for CAFOD: from beetle drives to giving talks in schools, from selling fair trade goods to holding collections after Mass… It is inspiring to see such variety and we are grateful for it all!

Colette said “We had a wonderful afternoon together and it was great to be able to celebrate our volunteers in the Liverpool diocese and share and inspire us all with the brilliant stories!”

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Listening to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor – St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Wrightington played host to an “Inspiring” and “Great” day on Saturday, 8th July 2017 with Fr Peter Hughes and Sarah Croft in Wrightington providing the inputs.

During a “wonderful” talk that “provided much food for thought” Fr Peter described the influence that climate change is having on the indigenous communities in Peru.

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After a short break, Sarah Croft, who is CAFOD’s Campaigns Manager spoke about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, the Live Simply award and the MP Correspondents scheme.

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The day then ended with a shared lunch, you can see all of the videos in one place by clicking youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5UUtVasGFc-wnmD4j_YjtyHpUYB5a1iY

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The 34th Annual Fun Run – As always our year drew to a close with our annual Fun Run, the 34th time it has taken place.

The run took place on December 27th, in cold temperatures, in Wavertree. Participants had the choice of running or walking 2km, 4km or 8km.

An incredible 257 people came together from all ages, and across the country (and the world) to help raise money for CAFOD’s work and to enjoy a fun day. Thank you to everyone who took part, and to our wonderful organising committee. More details will follow in the new year.

Stephen said “It was fantastic to see so many people come together and brave the cold to help  support CAFOD, a massive thank you to them all, and to all those who volunteered on the day, and to those who helped organise such a great day”

 

2017 was a year full of highlights, other highlights this year have included our annual memorial mass in November, our lent and creation time resources produced with the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission, the use of The Lampedusa Cross and all the opportunities we have had to visit parishes and schools to talk abut our work.

We’re looking forward to another year of highlights in 2018, and hope that you, your family and friends have a wonderful year.

 

The CAFOD Liverpool office will reopen on Wednesday (3rd January) 2018.

Inspirational sisters take on walk to transform lives across the world

Two inspirational schoolchildren from the Archdiocese of Liverpool have recently used their initiative to raise money for CAFOD by taking on a ten-kilometre walking challenge.

The sisters, Grace and Olivia, aged six and ten respectively,  raised an impressive £90 in sponsorship money for CAFOD after they learned about the work of the charity in their lessons at school.

Their challenge saw them walking over tough terrain and through a forest to reach their destination, Carr Mill Dam.

Olivia, aged ten, said: “Our favourite part of the day was having lots of fun throwing berries at our dad! It was really muddy and slippy but we walked with our mum and dad.

“We’re really happy that we did it because we know that we are helping others.”

The headteacher of their school, Mrs Carter, added: “We are extremely proud of Olivia and Grace who have shown initiative and determination to help others less fortunate than themselves.”

CAFOD’s local representative, Ged Edwards, added: “What a brilliant show of solidarity from Grace and Olivia!  To be acting with such compassion at such a young age is incredible and we’re so grateful for their support.

“Their actions will help to transform the lives of other children who live in the poorest communities across the world. Well done to you both!”

Find out more about fundraising for CAFOD