You Are Invited To Our Volunteers’ Thank You Celebration!

We would like to invite you to join us on Saturday 10th June 2017 for a Special Volunteer Thank You Celebration as part of volunteers’ week.


We will be meeting at St Batholomew’s Parish Centre in Rainhill (L35 6NY).

Doors open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start, and we expect to finish at around 5pm, after which there is the option of attending the 5.15pm Vigil Mass.


There will be an opportunity to look back over the past year, and an input from Weronika Ozerianska from CAFOD’s Latin America team who is newly back from visiting the Connect2 Peru communities!


Join us so we can express our gratitude for your hard work, and hear how your support is helping our brothers and sisters in the world’s poorest countries!

Please RSVP to Colette and Ged at CAFOD Liverpool on 0151 228 4028 or



XII Apostles School learns about El Salvador

XII Apostles Primary School in Leigh have been involved in Connect 2 El Salvador. They have been doing a great project across the whole school to learn more about El Salvador and the work of CAFOD.

Year 3 Teacher, Miss Sweeny writes:

‘This year, across the school, we are developing our knowledge of the wider community. As a school, we decided to focus on El Salvador, a country that we could connect with through CAFOD. The country of El Salvador was decided upon by the children last year after the School Council led an assembly, informing the school of different countries that we could help.

This term, we have been doing lots of wonderful activities to Connect2 El Salvador. We especially loved learning all about this country on El Salvador Day. On this day, each class completed different activities to develop their understanding of the wider world.

Learn more about El Salvador with CAFOD’s school pack

We found El Salvador on maps, learned about Oscar Romero, made graphs of the different climates, made our own El Salvador flags, prayed together, wrote our own prayers, created collages, made El Salvadorian foods and much, much more! It was a great day!

Pupils learn about the geography of El Salvador

Pupils learn about the geography of El Salvador

‘Not only this, we have been raising money over the term. We held an own clothes day where children brought a pound to wear blue and white (the colours of the El Salvador flag), parents made donations after watching our school nativity and each class has also been ‘investing in El Salvador’ by buying a piece of their class jigsaw.

El Salvador jigsaw

El Salvador jigsaw

‘The jigsaw made up a map of the country and a festive sign reading ‘Feliz Nevidad’ – Spanish for Merry Christmas. We even learned a Christmas Song called Feliz Nevidad and sang it as a whole school.’

A letter for children in El Salvador

A letter to children in Puentecitos, El Salvador


Ann, CAFOD Liverpool, says, ‘Thank you for your support XII Apostles! It looks like you’ve had lots of fun, and worked really hard! Everything you’ve done will make a real difference to the lives of people in Puentecitos.’

Learn more about how your school or parish could be involved with Connect 2.

Children dress up for El Salvador Day

Children dress up for El Salvador day

Hello from Ethiopia!

Pictured below are children living in the community of Sebeya who have received cards from some of our schools in Liverpool Archdiocese including St Basil’s in Widnes and Archbishop Beck. The children are in year 5 and nursery of the local primary school in Sebeya. Tamiru passed on the photos to us while he was visiting at the weekend and he emphasised how much the children loved receiving the cards so thank you to everyone who took time to write 🙂

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The CAFOD Liverpool Garden Party 2013!!!!

A little bit of Ethiopian sunshine came to Liverpool on Saturday 6th July when we had our annual CAFOD Liverpool Garden party in the scorching heat! Over 50 people from all over the Archdiocese of Liverpool came to join us for scrumptious strawberries and scones! The guest of honour at the garden party was Tamiru (CAFOD’s Communications Officer in Ethiopia) who spoke movingly all about the community of Sebaya (who are the new community involved in connect2:Ethiopia). Many thanks to all who came on the day!!! As you can see from the pictures, everyone had a great and hot time!

St Gregory’s win the CAFOD Cup 2013!!!

Throughout June, 31 Catholic Primary schools all over the Archdiocese of Liverpool have been battling it out for a place in the CAFOD Cup Grand Final. Well today, Friday 5th July, the grand final finally took place at St Margaret Mary’s Junior School.

The 6 schools that got to the final were:

• St Mary & St John Catholic Primary School in Wigan who were representing Ethiopia

• St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School in Kirkby who were representing Rwanda

• St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Huyton who were representing DRC

• St Bede’s Catholic Primary School in Widnes who were representing Brazil

• St Basil’s Catholic Primary School in Widnes who were representing Bangladesh

• St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School in Lydiate who were representing El Salvador

The winners of ‘group A’ were St Gregory’s who played against the runners up of ‘group B,’ St Laurence’s while the winners of ‘Group B’ St Mary & St John’s faced St Margaret Mary’s (who were the runners up in ‘Group A’) in the semi-final. In the grand final were St Mary & St John’s versus St Gregory’s. It was such a nail-biting game. It was 0 v 0 throughout until the final minutes were St Gregory’s scored a last minute goal to be crowned the CAFOD Cup winners 2013! St Gregory’s received the CAFOD Cup Trophy. All the children who took part also received a certificate each and a CAFOD football for their school!

We were lucky to be joined in the final by Tamiru Legesse who works for CAFOD in Ethiopia. He officially opened the final by showing all the teams a celebration dance which the football teams in Ethiopia use whenever they score a goal! He then asked the children to come up with their own celebration dance every time they scored a goal!

Tamiru also talked about how he used to play football barefoot using an Ethiopian football. He said that many children still do this today! He brought an Ethiopian Football which the children in Ethiopia use to play football! In the final match, the children started the game by playing with the Ethiopian football to see what it is like to play football the “Ethiopian way.”

Tamuri also bought an Ethiopian football shirt for each of the 6 schools taking part which each of the captains wore throughout the tournament! Tamuri also brought a trophy for the runners-up all the way from Ethiopia which he happily presented to St Mary & St John’s who were team Ethiopia!!!!

Children from St Basil’s also brought cards and small gifts for Tamiru to take back for the children in Sebaya (the village involved in Connect2:Ethiopia)!

A big massive THANK YOU to Tamuri, St Margaret Mary’s, Broughton Hall (for lending us goals) and to Paddy, Sean, Dom and Ellie (CAFOD volunteers who refereed and took photos)!As you can see from the photos everyone had a great time!!!!!