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!”


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).


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.

David, Ged and Maggie reach the Philippines at last!

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.”

Tricycle ride!

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.


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.


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!”


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.


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!”


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.


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.


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


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.

Creation Time Resource a Hit!

4th October marked the end of Creation Time, which began on 1st September. In his encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis urges us to review how we live in the face of the damage being done to our planet, now and in the future, through climate change. He reminds us that the consequences of climate change will affect us all, but will be worst for those in the poorer parts of the world, who have not only done the least to cause the problem but have also benefited least from the changes which have caused it.


The Creation Time Resource

CAFOD and the Liverpool Archdiocese Justice and Peace Commission have created a second resource for Creation Time, which gives parishes and other groups the opportunity to reflect on the Gospel readings for Creation Time in terms of Laudato Si’. This wonderful resource consists of gospel readings for the Sundays throughout Creation Time, excerpts from Laudato Si’, stories to illustrate some of the issues, prayers and some challenging questions for discussion. The aim is to help us to become better informed and to use this knowledge to work towards combating climate change, its causes and its consequences, just as Pope Francis has urged.


A poster showing information about the resource and sessions

Several parishes have participated in this year’s Creation Time, and have had some fantastic sessions following the resource. The resource has had some really positive feedback from the parish groups that have used it this year, especially from St Wilfrid’s in Widnes. Pauline Rolt, CAFOD volunteer, used the resource with members of the bible group, she said “most of the group have never used this type of resource before and they’ve really enjoyed it”. There was also plenty of positive feedback from other members of the group, with Mary describing the resource as “very good, thought provoking as it encourages open discussion, especially on today’s world”. Phil added, “It dovetails in well with our LiveSimpy initiative… I was drawn to go to the LiveSimply launch evening having participated in the Creation Time reflections”. Jean agreed, saying “We want more!”

The sessions themselves have also been particularly successful and the resulting discussions have prompted deeper considerations for the environment; following the sessions at St Edmunds, Sheila Cogley, CAFOD Volunteer, said “We are going to put a practical hint/Eco Tip into the newsletter over the coming weeks, for example this week’s will be to sign the Power to Be cards which we’re handing out”. She added, “We have found the materials to be very good at leading us through the issuesCreat time from a number of different perspectives and as to be expected our discussions have also branched out according to individual’s knowledge and experiences.”


More positive feedback came from Peter and Julie Galloway, who arranged sessions at St Joseph’s in Leigh. The sessions were promoted to the parish by Fr Colin during mass and held weekly. Peter said “In the first session we spent a long time on reflecting on the gospel, and had a brief discussion about food and meat, before enjoying the closing prayer”. He concluded that throughout the sessions, the group “spent much time on gratitude for what we do have and we will all try to implement the action.” They have also sent a follow-up email to Michael Gove and to the local Council to encourage greater recycling of plastic.

Steve Atherton, the Justice and Peace Fieldworker for the Liverpool Archdiocese said “we recieved very positive evaluations from the St John’s group including “Thought provoking … Challenging … It helped to make us more conscious of the damage we do to the world … Encouraged me to find out more … The prayers are quite beautiful … Reinforces the idea that we are stewards … We need to develop habits of care … It’s the poor who always suffer …everything is interconnected and everything has a cost … Brings home individual responsibility and made me think about what we can do by way of shopping, etc … We would like more of the same.”


Details of the follow up meeting!

Following on from previous Creation Time courses, participants from all over the Archdiocese were keen to share their experiences of using the resource, and to exchange ideas for the next resource. This year there will be a follow up meeting for everyone who has taken part in the course. This will be held on 28th October 2017, 11am – 1.30pm at St Anne’s Church, Overbury Street, Liverpool L7 3HJ and there will be a shared lunch at the end. If you have taken part in Creation Time please do come along and share your ideas and food in a simple meal, everyone is welcome!

For more information please contact Steve on 0151 522 1080, or Ged on 0151 228 4028.

Resources for Creation Time

Today (September 1st) marks the start of Creation Time, which will run until October 4th.  In collaboration with the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission we have put together a resource for groups to follow with in their parishes.
It includes praying with the Gospels, stories from our time and reflections on Pope Francis’ famous 2015 letter (encyclical) Laudato Si’: on Care of our Common Home.

The Front Cover of this wonderful resource.

There are five independent sections, each based on the See, Judge, Act process (Pastoral Cycle) which can be taken as a course or as a series of one-off sessions of one and a half hours to follow each of the five Sundays during the season of Creation Time. 
Pope Francis has asked that this Creation Time be marked with prayer, reflection and action in relation to the Earth and our place upon it. The Resource is an excellent way to help parishes to do this. Also it provides good material for personal reflection if your parish is not offering anything. 

A poster to advertise your sessions

Here is a very brief outline of the resource:

Week 1. 
Stumbling Blocks: What does the Gospel mean when it says “for what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?  Can it be true that less is more?

Week 2. 
See-Judge-Act: To whom do we need to listen? From where do we get our information? Whom should webelieve?

Week 3. 
Right Relationships: Who are the people and what are the situations for which we need to ask forgiveness? Debt has many forms.

Week 4. 
A Fairer World: Is the Pope calling us to a different relationship with the world? What sort of consumers should we be?

Week 5. 
A Call to Action: Will good intentions be enough to save the world? As an issue requiring different responses in the future, what are the hidden realities of using plastic in the world? Are we prepared to get involved in change for the better?
Download the resource by clicking here 
Please email Ged Edwards: gedwards@cafod.org.uk or Steve Atherton: s.atherton@rcaol.co.uk or ring 0151 522 1080  for more information.