One Month Until CAFOD’s Carol Service

Thursday 14th December marks CAFOD Liverpool’s Annual Carol Service.

The Service will take place at St Teresa’s Church, College Rd, Upholland and will start at 7.30pm.


The Annual CAFOD Carol Service will include choirs and musicians from local schools followed by wine and mince pies and a chance for some distress purchasing of CAFOD World Gifts and other Christmas Goodies for CAFOD!

Please be aware that due to the Arriva buses strike planned for the day, no buses will be available at the time, the nearest public transport option therefore will be Appley Bridge Railway Station, which is a 2.4 mile walk, on the Southport to Manchester line operated by Northern Rail, timetable available here. Should the Arriva strike be cancelled then there would be an hourly bus service stopping a few minutes walk away, running between Wigan and Southport via Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, with onwards travel options available from there.

There is more information to come soon, but please save the date.


Southport school first to win eco award!

Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in Birkdale, Southport, came together on Friday 3 November to celebrate being the first school in the country to receive the livesimply award.


Staff and pupils from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Birkdale invited MPs, governors, and local clergy to boast their new award, which was awarded as they proved how their school community had been living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with people in poverty.

Ged, Justine and Paul from CAFOD  enjoyed a Fairtrade tuckshop and a special assembly led by the children.  A pupil from each class across the school who had showed unknown.jpgan outstanding commitment to the project received their own certificate, and classes took part in environmentally friendly activities such as bulb planting ready for spring.

The school kick-started their commitment to being eco-friendly when they won a £50,000 ‘eco makeover.’  They spent the money on installing solar panels and another panel which shows their output display clearly for the children to look at.  In the past, pupils also campaigned by writing to their local MP to request recycling bins in Southport, which was a huge success.

When the school, who are long-term supporters of CAFOD, heard about the livesimply award, it seemed like a national progression.  Children in the school attend a gardening club, growing their own fruit and vegetables, which they make soup out of and share.

Livesimply tree

LiveSimply tree!

Annie Swainson, chaplain at the school, said: “The ongoing effort from children across the school has been inspiring.  The support from families in the school is equally incredible and we are very grateful!

“It was great that so many governors, community members and clergy could come down to celebrate us being the first school to receive the award – it was a real community event.  This isn’t just a one off, it’s a commitment. Our livesimply actions will be carried into the future as we develop and grow the project.”

Each year the children fundraise for CAFOD at Lent and Harvest, as well as learning about issues across the world, including the refugee crisis.

Paul Kelly, who assessed the school in his role as a CAFOD volunteer, said: “It’s been brilliant seeing the enthusiasm of Our Lady of Lourdes school and how committed everyone is to respect one another, respect people in need at home or abroad, and respect the environment. They have really embraced Living Simply, from the large solar panels to the smallest trough of wild flowers, from paper recycling to growing fruit and vegetables.

IMG_7298.JPG“The school thoroughly deserve the accolade of being the first Catholic school in the UK to get the LiveSimply award. The presentation ceremony at a special assembly was really upbeat; a great celebration of their achievements. I loved the way they used the whole day to get classes focussing on new LiveSimply ideas for school and home, and I feel very positive the school will build their LiveSimply ethos in the future.”

Find out more about the livesimply award


Live Simply progress in Ormskirk

The LiveSimply award is awarded to Catholic communities who can show how they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation. It celebrates what you have already done and inspires you to do more. The award is an opportunity to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

ls0We have several fantastic LiveSimply parishes across the diocese and more who are in the process of applying, one of which is St Anne’s in Ormskirk. Susan O’Halloran, CAFOD Volunteer, has been updating us on their progress. The parish is making great progress and has been holding lots of events to promote LiveSimply and to generate wider parish support.

Susan said “On the whole we’ve had plenty of church involvement and had success with things we weren’t excepting to!” She also said that their most successful event so far was their LiveSimply weekend; “we had a shared meal after the Saturday afternoon mass. We also had the bidding prayers and homily in line with the LiveSimply theme, and encouraged members of the parish to make a pledge. The pledges were then cut into leaves and we have made a display in the church of our LiveSimply pledge tree.”

Stephen Cooke, CAFOD Liverpool office volunteer and parishioner at St Anne’s added, “The organising group have done a fantastic job, many of the tasks have been so simple yet effective, an example being a bulletin audit, which has already resulted in a 25% reduction in bulletins printed each week, saving paper, ink, electricity, time and money. The actions will have benefits for the parish and the wider community long into the future”

It’s wonderful to see such enthusiasm and support for the LiveSimply award, good luck to St Anne’s in completing their award!

Could you and your community be more sustainable? Can you get involved in the LiveSimply award?

St Anne’s will be hosting a talk by Ged Edwards about his visit to The Philippines on 29th November, everyone is welcome to attend.

CAFOD’s Memorial Mass

This November, the month of remembrance, CAFOD are once again holding Memorial Masses across the country to remember our friends who have been at the heart of our work, but are no longer with us.

Our Mass in Liverpool is being held on Saturday 25 November, 5.30pm at Sacred Heart, Liverpool Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3BP. 

Everybody is welcome to join us on the day, where there will be a Book of Remembrance to honour the people we have lost this year.

Candle memorial

These Masses are our opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made. Without them we would not be able to reach those most in need.

Add your loved ones name to the Book of Remembrance.

One World Week Food Taster Event

The Church of the Good Shepherd recently held a One World Food Taster event to celebrate One World Week. Fairtrade products were on sale as well as dishes from around the globe, including food from Thailand, Ireland, Poland and the USA as well as many others. Local MP Stephen Twigg, who is very supportive of the event and of CAFOD, was also in attendance.


One World Week runs from 22nd – 29th October and includes United Nations Day (24th October), but events are held all year round. Each year thousands of people take part in events organised by volunteers with the common purpose of sharing understanding about some of the global issues that affect us all and to recognise we can all make a difference.

This year’s theme is Good Neighbours: My World Depends on Us. Being a ‘good neighbour’ includes actively looking out for our neighbours to ensure their needs are met and has applications at the personal, local, national and international level. The UN Sustainable Development Goals have identified the needs of our global neighbours and governments around the world, including that of the UK, have pledged to address them. This week especially, we are asked to consider what we need to do to be a good neighbour in a globalised world.


Colette Byrne said “I really enjoyed the event, a lot of effort went in to creating delicious dishes from around the world! There was an excellent turn out and a great amount of money raised for the Medaille Trust and CAFOD. Thank you to everyone involved, I was really impressed to see all faiths coming together to make this event happen, it’s good to see people working together, and of course, the food was absolutely fantastic!”