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The 30th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run 2014!

December 27, 2014

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Hundreds of people including families, schools, churches, youth groups, priests, Bishops, dogs and even a woman on crutches came together for the 30th CAFOD Fun Run on the 27th December at Wavertree Park despite the snow and torrential rain. Over 500 runners and walkers took part from all over the country including Salford, Shrewsbury and Lancaster dioceses. Some of the people who came have run in every single race for the last 31 years!

The race was started by Bishop John Rawsthorne who also took part in the walk and met with all the runners taking part. As usual we had the fabulous jazz band providing entertainment as well as beautiful refreshments. We also had a fair-trade stall, a book stall and a CAFOD resources stall.

The prize for the best fancy dress costume was hotly contested. However, there was one outright winner and that was Elizabeth from Kirkdale who won a scrumptious box of chocolate for her brilliant costume!

A massive thank-you to everyone who took part and to all those volunteers who made our birthday celebrations go with a bang!

We hope that you all have a lovely new year and that 2015 is dream-filled for you and your family.


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The CAFOD Carol service 2014

December 19, 2014

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The annual CAFOD Carol service took place last night on December 18th 2014 at St Teresa’s Upholland. Over 1000 people came.

The guest speaker was John Darley (one of CAFOD’s Trustees) who spoke about his recent trip to Brazil to visit CAFOD’s partners working there.

Music was provided by St John Rigby Sixth Form College, St John Fisher High School, Our Lady’s Queen of Peace High School, St Edmund Arrowsmith High School, St Mary & St John’s Catholic Primary School and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary school.

During the service, the students performed a wonderful new piece composed by James Gresty and arranged by David Wall especially for the Carol service called ‘Everlasting Peace.’

Afterwards there was also a chance to munch on some scrumptious mince pies provided kindly by Catherine Greaves.

A gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who made the night such a success including James Gresty, Mark Lane, James Hodgson, Martin Malone, David Wall, Angela Bryant, Candice McArdle, Paul Masheder, Louise Alvarado, Andy Longden, Cecilia Rigby, Victoria Hitchen, Pauline Hurst, Fr Tony Slingo, Catherine Greaves, Pat Boyle, Peter and Eileen Holland.

Click here to see the carol service booklet.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas-we hope that it brings you lots of blessings!




The 30th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run

December 2, 2014

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It’s that time of year again so get out your running shoes…. it’s the CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run. And this years’ run is extra special-it’s the 30th run!

For 31 years (the 2010 run was cancelled because of the snow), people have been coming together to raise as much money as possible for a really good cause. This year we have decided to raise money for the people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia who are suffering from the current Ebola crisis.

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Maybe you haven’t come to the run for a while and this year would be the perfect time to return to help us celebrate our 30th Birthday! That’s the case for Bishop John Rawsthorne who has kindly agreed to start the run. Bishop John was a regular runner at Upholland in the early days! As usual the run takes places on Saturday 27th December 1pm prompt at Wavertree Park, Liverpool L15 4LE.

A poster advertising the Fun Run can be downloaded here while the sponsor form can be found here. You can also see a letter written by CAFOD volunteer Mike Dooling here. Mike is the Fun Run Co-ordinator.It would be great if you could put this poster up in your church, school or workplace and get as many people as possible to attend on the day or to sponsor your run.

Don’t forget if you wear fancy dress-there is a prize for the best costume!

It’s still the bargain price of £5 per individual or £10 per family.

This year, we urgently need some extra help to set out the course. So if you are fit and able, we would be extremely grateful for your help. If you are interested please contact the Liverpool Office or Mike Dooling at

For more information about the Fun Run, please ring the Liverpool Office on 0151 228 4028 or email and we will be happy to help!

Hope to see as many of you as possible to make our birthday celebrations go off with a bang!


CAFOD Carol Service 2014

November 11, 2014

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The Annual CAFOD Carol service will be taking place at St Teresa’s in Upholland on Thursday 18th December 2014 at 7:30pm.

John Darley, one of CAFOD’s Trustees, will be speaking about his recent trip to Brazil where he met with the connect2: Brazil communities of Maua and Divineia.

Music will be provided by St John Fisher Catholic High School, St Peter’s Catholic High School, Our Lady Queen Peace High School, St Edmund Arrowsmith High School and St John Rigby’s Sixth Form College. There will also be special performances from the children at St Mary and St John Catholic Primary School and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School.

World Gifts, fair-trade goods, mince pies and a glass of wine will also be available on the night. It should be a great night!

Please click here to download a poster to put up in your parish, school or workplace to advertise the CAFOD Carol Service.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Read all about it…..The CAFOD Liverpool newsletter Autum 2014

July 29, 2014

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The CAFOD Liverpool Autumn newsletter 2014 is a little early this year and is available to download. Click on the above image to read it! The new issue is bursting with all the news from parishes, schools and campaigns which happened from the end of January to the end of July. In this issue, we have all the photos from the CAFOD Garden Party, The CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving, the Eggheads quiz and all the other different events that have taken place in our Archdiocese over the last few months.

Happy reading……

A fond farewell

July 24, 2014

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Last night, over 50 CAFOD supporters, volunteers, chaplains, CAFOD groups, priests, teachers, chaplains, CAFOD staff and youth groups all came along to the Eldonian Village for a night to remember. It was a combination of a ceilida, barn dancing and singing. Music was kindly provided by Kevin Bargen and his friend Joe who were brilliant hosts. It was also a chance for us to say a fond farewell to James who is leaving CAFOD after a wonderful five years and 3 months. Thanks again to everyone who came-it really was a fantastic night! :)

A rainbow looms for CAFOD

July 21, 2014


School Volunteer Justine Silcock went to collect a cheque from St Edmund and St Thomas’s Catholic Primary School in Waterloo in mid July. They raised an astonishing £1,300 over Lent and throughout the summer term. Meanwhile a group of year 2 children, using their own initiative, decided they would like to make loom bracelets, necklaces etc and sell them at a stall at their Summer Fair. They ended up raising £70.70 for CAFOD. Many thanks to everyone at St Edmund and St Thomas’s!


CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving 2014

July 17, 2014

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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.


Don’t forget that the CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving is taking place next Wednesday!

July 7, 2014

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The Annual CAFOD Mass of thanksgiving is taking place next Wednesday 16th July at 7:30pm at St Oswald’s Catholic Church, Old Swan, Liverpool. We would be really grateful if you could please advertise the upcoming Mass in your parish, schools or work places. This year’s Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. We will also be joined by Tom O’Connor (CAFOD’S Director of Communities and Supporters division) who will be speaking about his recent trip to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The children from St Oswald’s Catholic Junior School will also be helping on the night. Refreshments will be served after Mass. Everyone will be more than welcome.

To download a poster to put up in your church, school or workplace, please click here:

Poster advertising mass of thanksgiving

Looking forward to seeing you all then :)

Our Lady’s are in the mood for dancing!

June 30, 2014

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Children and staff at Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Catholic Primary School danced the day away on Tuesday 24th June as part of a Zumba Marathon to raise money for CAFOD. The school resonated with various pieces of dance music whilst each year group joined the dance leaders. Everyone enjoyed it, as the pictures show!

Many thanks to everyone who boogied the day way!


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