CAFOD Liverpool Office Shares the Journey

stj office 1CAFOD’s latest campaign action, Share the Journey, is focused on taking action on the refugee crisis and showing support for people forced to flee their homes.

War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Most come from poor countries, and seek safety in poor countries nearby.

We cannot turn away. These are human beings with hopes, fears, desires and stories to share, just like each one of us.

Pope Francis has declared this time a ‘unique opportunity’ for us to press our governments to make global commitments which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.

The campaign asks you to organise a walk in your local parish or community to join us in a walk around the world to urge world leaders to step up to protect rights of refugees and migrants. Here in the CAFOD Liverpool office, we organised a walk ourselves and walked round Sefton Park, counting our miles to the online total.

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Ged, Colette, Stephen, Emily and Jo all signed the petition and walked a total of 10 miles despite the rain, stopping to listen to the stories of those who are making difficult journeys. We enjoyed getting out of the office and found the experience of walking and listening to the stories very moving and thought provoking. See what you can do to get involved and, as always, we would love to hear about it in the Liverpool Office!

Find out more about the campaign by clicking here.

Good wishes from Wigan to Brazil

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Children’s passion and creativity always go beyond what we expect and the notice board from St Aidan’s church in Winstanley is just an example of that. This cheerful mural is 2m x 1m and right now is at the back of the church.



This Lent, the children from St Aidan’s from age 3 to 7, have created this mural which has been inspired by the prayers from CAFOD Lent appeal and they have also included at the top of the mural the cards that they received from Brazil for Christmas in relation to the project Connect2 Brazil.

CAFOD started to work in Brazil in 1968 to go beyond people’s basic needs and also tackle the underlying causes of poverty and injustice by challenging the government to take responsibility for its citizens. There are different parishes that have supported this project and one of them is St Aidan’s church which has been supported CAFOD for 30 years and involved in Connect2 Brazil for at least 15 years.

During that time, there have been different visitors from Brazil to come and talk to their church to help and raised money as well as to stop the eviction from the Maua building in Brazil. So, this mural had those Christmas cards as a reminder to St Aidan and everyone who walk in there of the impact of our actions, sometimes is difficult to see if donations or signing up petitions will ever work and this is a clear demonstration that they do. It is awesome how much we might be helping with so little.

The story behind this mural is also a reflexion of Lent, inspired CAFOD’s Lent appeal. The idea of the tree is that Our Faith is rooted in Christ, said Dorothy Mather, one of St Aidan’s parishioners, and each week in St Aidan a group of children are taken from the Liturgy of the Word during mass and read the gospel and select a theme on which to focus.

As an example of how these marvellous children have created the display the first week they made the leaves to decorate the tree with the Give it Up logo to say what they were giving up for Lent this year.  The raindrops represent the CAFOD ‘turn treats into toilets’ about clean water and sanitation and the apples are to represent the fruits of the spirit.

This story is really inspiring to all of us and from CAFOD Liverpool office we want to congratulate St Aidan’s and hope that everyone else will get inspired by the actions of St Aidan’s parishioners and the little ones.







Schoolchildren hold ‘spelling bee’ competition to fight hunger this Lent

Schoolchildren from a local Widnes school have transformed honey into money this Lent by holding a spelling bee competition to raise funds for the international development charity CAFOD.

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Year six classes from St Gerard’s Catholic Primary School, Widnes, created a buzz within school when they were sponsored to take part in the spelling bee in preparation for their upcoming SATs tests.

Pupils from St Gerard’s were tasked with spelling a number of challenging words, including: accommodate, mischievous, and parliament, in line with the National Curriculum spelling list.

The whole school supports CAFOD in different ways and, this year, children from year three classes completed a sponsored bleep test.

One eleven-year-old winner of the spelling bee said: “I am very that I won the Spelling Bee because I know we raised a lot of money for charity.”

This year, donations from the children at St Gerard’s and all others to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May, up to £5 million – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

Mr McCabe, a year six teacher at the school, said: “We work closely with CAFOD; they frequently visit our school to share the fantastic work that they do delivering aid to alleviate poverty in less-developed countries and to educate our children on the significance of helping others who are less fortunate.

“Our children understand the importance of charity and we will continue to raise money and support CAFOD in the future!”

CAFOD’s local representative in Widnes, Colette Byrne, added: “We are so grateful to the staff and children at St Gerard’s for their ongoing support! This is a F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C achievement for all of the children who took part!

“I’m delighted that the UK government is matching donations made by schools like St Gerard’s to CAFOD’s work, showing how important the money raised will be for some of the world’s poorest people.”

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

Donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal 


Liverpool communities get creative for CAFOD this Lent.

This year people all over the Archdiocese of Liverpool have supported CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, and have raised an incredible amount of money through their creative ways of fundraising. Thank you to all who have helped to make a difference during this year’s Lent Appeal! These are just a few examples of what people have done to show their support!

St Julie’s High School in Woolton, built their own ‘Wall of Solidarity’, encouraging others to donate either £1 or a tinned good to take part in a 24 hour fast. Showing support to our brothers and sisters overseas, helping them combat hunger and malnutrition.

St JuliesA school girl from Crosby, has given up her lunch-time after reading a CAFOD leaflet and feeling inspired by what the international development charity does. Amy sells raffle tickets in order to raise money for CAFOD, further inspiring her peers to support the great work that is done here.

Our Lady of the Assumption parishioners, also held a soup lunch in their Romero Room, in show their support to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal. The Soup lunch was a success and brought the community together for an amazing cause! blog2303b

CAFOD’s project worker from Zimbabwe, Livison, also visited Liverpool to thank volunteers and share his own personal experience of malnutrition and hunger and how the work of CAFOD has truly helped in spreading awareness for those in need.

Livison said: “The people of Liverpool have been so welcoming and the prayers that they send over to Zimbabwe keep us strong.  Sometimes, at home, we wonder where to get the strength and motivation but the contribution of people from Liverpool keeps us motivated to make positive changes.”

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This year you can make double the difference. In an added boost, this year the UK government up until 12 May will double all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal up to £5 million, meaning every donation will make double the difference.

Thank you to all those making a difference and don’t forget there is still time to donate!

Donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal here


St Aidan’s show their support for Fairtrade Fortnight

St Aidan’s Parish in Wigan, has hosted a successful coffee morning to show their support for Fairtrade Fortnight.

The event took place on March 2nd at St Aidan’s Parish. There was a selection of home-made cakes, tea and coffee to choose from, as well as a raffle and trade craft stall

The coffee morning welcomed all members of the public including parishioners and pupils from St Aidan’s Primary School. Local MP Yvonne Fovargue was at the event, as she is a great supporter of the group, attending the event every year.

The international development charity CAFOD is one of the founding members of the Fairtrade label, which ensures the world’s poorest growers and producers are able to earn a decent living and earn a premium they can put back into their communities.


The Parish, who had previously participated in a very successful Lent Fast Day, decided to continue fundraising and host the event to raise awareness of Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight, which takes place each year at the end of February, and the astounding work it does for those overseas in developing countries.

Event organiser, Pat Boyle said: “CAFOD are truly wonderful, I don’t know how people would survive without their work and support for those in need”.


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Written by CAFOD volunteer Beth Crumpton