CAFOD Liverpool January newsletter

Uganda Lent 2016 parish photo Proscovia

Dear Friend

A very happy new year to you and your family and friends!

Colette and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you!!! for your commitment and support last year. Can we also mention in particular the CAFOD Carol Service at Upholland and of course the Fun Run in December! Details on the blog but for now, some important dates and details coming up!

We are looking ahead as we all help bringing about a more just world in 2016. In this issue we will focus on:

 Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy

 The New Climate Campaign

 Lent Fast Day

 Young People activities

Events and Challenges

Celebrating the Year of Mercy

With Pope Francis we celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, which ends on 20 November 2016. We remember that “the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy” Misericordiae Vultus #15. 

The Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission & CAFOD have produced a new Lenten Resource for parishes and groups called Mercy and our Common Home, combining the Year of Mercy and Laudato Si’ on Care of the Common Home.

Copies are available from Steve Atherton (0151 522 1080 and there is a short workshop to help people use it at CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre, 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ on Saturday 16 January 10am -1pm (please let us know and bring something to share for lunch: 0151 228 4028). 2

Using Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, the Course helps us reflect for an hour once a week on God who is the fountain of all mercy, and we are called to live out a relationship of mercy with God, our neighbours, ourselves, and our sister earth, as inspired by Laudato Si’. We then invite you to prepare plans as a group for Easter & onwards, celebrating early progress at Pentecost.

Year of Mercy resources

We’ve pulled together some of our popular education resources for children and young people, to help celebrate the Year of Mercy. Feel free to browse as you may find them useful!

Meanwhile, we’ve loved hearing your stories on the Year of Mercy, so please keep them coming! Please send any photos of a Door of Mercy in your diocese and a short paragraph to

Lent Fast day

Your Lent pack will be with you in mid-January, with everything you need for your parish Fast Day: a Lent poster, the short talk, and a guide with intercessions for every Sunday in Lent. Envelopes will arrive as usual but if you’d like prayer cards this year, they are free as usual but please order some direct from us at or on 0300 011 5680.

It really helps to do four things for Fast Day!

1. Please insert a notice in the newsletter the weekend before (for 6/7 February) so people know Fast Day’s coming.

2. Have people give out the envelopes to people as they come in (please don’t just leave them for people to collect on a table)

3. Have someone in the parish give the prepared short talk (attached). Please contact us if you want help with this.

4. Thank people in the newsletter afterwards for the contributions received.

This year we focus on water and our work in helping communities in Uganda. The Government is matching our contributions £1 for £1 up to £3.5m so please encourage people to give generously (e.g. a gift-aided donation of £4 becomes (£8 plus £1 gift aid) £9)!

Help provided!

Please do join us for one of the Lent Fast Day Workshops

to prepare for Lent, to hear much about our work in Uganda and share and reflect with other CAFOD volunteers and supporters in your area. They will be held at:

Thursday 28 January 2-4 pm CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre, 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ
  7-9 pm As above


Or at

Sunday 31 January 1-3 pm Brownedge St Mary’s Church, Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6SP

Please let us know if you can make it!



Start the New Year by taking a new climate campaign action

Become an MP Correspondent – join us in lobbying your MP for change three or four times a year through letters and meetings.

Take the e-action to Amber Rudd, the Climate and Energy Secretary, calling on the Government to shift from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.

Download and use the Laudato Si’ study guide

Look out for our Valentine’s Day green heart campaign – make, wear and share a green heart showing something that you love that could be affected by climate change, from bees to our beaches to people overseas


Young volunteers fly to Peru and Zimbabwe!

This month our nine gap year volunteers are travelling to Peru and Zimbabwe to experience CAFOD’s work with partners. Keep up to date with their exciting blogs! If you know anyone aged 18-30 looking for a gap year with a difference, please share that applications are now open for September 2016.

Did you know that CAFOD volunteers made over 400 school visits in England and Wales last term? Are you working in our schools this term? Visit our school volunteer website for the latest resources. Interested in working with children and young people? Please reply to this email to hear about our opportunities!


Take up a challenge for CAFOD!

In 2015 our supporters ran marathons, cycled across the country, swam the seas and much more for CAFOD. Join Team CAFOD in 2016 and help to transform lives across the world. You can take part in any sponsored event for CAFOD by getting your own place through the race organisers.


Search for an event near you and find a challenge to raise funds for CAFOD in your area!   If you are feeling extra ambitious you could take on a very special challenge, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela– a challenging beautiful pilgrimage hiking through the fields of northern Spain underneath the milky-way. Want to find out more? CAFOD supporters Fred Uttley and John Cowell have completed the Camino an impressive eight times! Or


Organise an event in your parish or school:  What about a … Walk to Church Sunday?  Donate money saved from not using the car, meet people and follow Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ and do another bit for the planet!



Best wishes



Ged Edwards and Colette Byrne

Community Participation CoordinatorsCAFOD

Reflections on the Cycling Pilgrimage to Paris

It’s a week since Ann Wilson and I returned from our Laudato Si’ Cycling Pilgrimage to Paris with Westminster Justice and Peace Commission.  There were many memorable moments: staying with a French family in Dieppe, we passed through some beautiful countryside and small towns and Paris itself was impressive and its people welcoming.  The group had a great sense of common achievement at the end and the stronger members cared for the slower and especially with the frequent punctures.  When we reached Paris, a photo and brief interview with Ellen Teague awaited us in front of Notre Dame.

We heard from people who had come from far and wide to be there.  Others had walked from the UK, two had cycled from Vietnam, a group walked from Rome.  The same conviction drew us.  Time.  Time to take action to reduce our impact on the earth, on its people and on everything that exists and grows interdependently.  Time to open our eyes and see the inter-relatedness of all things.  Time to discover and promote a system of thinking, believing and action that means that we won’t do lasting damage to the current life on earth.  Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care of our Common Home for many involved in CAFOD has proved to be an enlightening call to a standard.

At the interfaith service on Saturday last, a German Lutheran Bishop addressed us in English.  In his country, the average annual carbon footprint for each person was 10 tonnes of Carbon emitted he told us.  The world average is 4 tonnes.  To have the planet healthy, it needs to be just 2 tonnes per person per year.  A fifth of our current emissions.  The UK’s status is similar to Germany’s.

The “elephant in the room” is all of us – our current lifestyle, and recent years show already that technology can only play a small part in reducing it.  Can we discover a more simple form of living and see the greater benefits?  CAFOD’s, “Live simply so others can simply live” says it all.

The highlight of the Pilgrimage for me was the hand in of the 1.8m faith petitions to the UN Climate Change Chief, Christiana Figueres who was visibly moved by the commitment she witnessed.  Now, with a  week of the Convention still to go, there is still hope that the world can come to a deal, a weak one but nevertheless a deal which can be built upon.  Let’s pray!

Let’s also keep up the pressure on our Government whose commitment to addressing Climate Change has been questioned.  There’s a CAFOD petition to sign to reduce investment in fossil fuels:



The 30th CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run 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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