CAFOD Romero Retreat

CAFOD Romero Retreat

Saturday 18th November at Wardley Hall, Salford

 

The Romero Retreat, held in the beautiful surroundings of Wardley Hall, official residence of the Bishop of Salford, on Saturday 18th November, was attended by over 30 people from all the dioceses of the North West of England: Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford and Shrewsbury. It enabled us, the participants, to learn and reflect on how the life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero was transformed in the three short years of his ministry as Archbishop of San Salvador from a shy priest, suspicious of the Church’s involvement in social action, to the tireless fighter for justice and voice of the voiceless martyred on 24th March 1980. We saw how this transformation occurred through his encounters with suffering, the people and with God and we thought about our own lives and how we could follow his example.

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The day began and ended with thought provoking group liturgy and in between there was time for group discussion and personal reflection as well as the opportunity to talk informally with others over tea and coffee as well as a magnificent shared lunch.

It was a most enjoyable and beneficial day. Thank you to the CAFOD Campaigns team for organising it.

 

Thank you to Justine, CAFOD Liverpool’s Education Volunteer Co-Ordinator for writing the above reflection.

One Month Until CAFOD’s Carol Service

Thursday 14th December marks CAFOD Liverpool’s Annual Carol Service.

The Service will take place at St Teresa’s Church, College Rd, Upholland and will start at 7.30pm.

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The Annual CAFOD Carol Service will include choirs and musicians from local schools followed by wine and mince pies and a chance for some distress purchasing of CAFOD World Gifts and other Christmas Goodies for CAFOD!

Please be aware that due to the Arriva buses strike planned for the day, no buses will be available at the time, the nearest public transport option therefore will be Appley Bridge Railway Station, which is a 2.4 mile walk, on the Southport to Manchester line operated by Northern Rail, timetable available here. Should the Arriva strike be cancelled then there would be an hourly bus service stopping a few minutes walk away, running between Wigan and Southport via Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, with onwards travel options available from there.

There is more information to come soon, but please save the date.

 

Hear about how CAFOD’s made a difference in 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.

 

David, Ged and Maggie reach the Philippines at last!

David, Ged and Maggie

104 million people live in the Philippines, 80% of whom are Catholic.  Following Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, CAFOD supporters responded with an amazing £5.4m in a special appeal.  The Typhoon recovery programme was completed  at the end of June.  Anticipating this over 12 months ago, CAFOD’s Partner there,  Caritas NASSA, approached CAFOD for help with a “legacy project” to help them sustain the changes they’d been making.  They knew that working through volunteers would become increasingly important for them so they asked for CAFOD staff who work with volunteers to help them do things differently in the future.

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A typical Bayanihan

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 marvellous 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.”

During his visit Ged wrote several blogs which you can find at https://cafodliverpool.wordpress.com/category/philippines/

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The poster for the Crosby talk

The first talk we have planned is at St Helen’s Church in Crosby, on Tuesday 9th November, four years after Haiyan.

And the second talk we have scheduled is at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Prescot Road, Ormskirk on Wednesday 29th November from 7.30 – 9pm.

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.

CAFOD’s Memorial Mass

This November, the month of remembrance, CAFOD are once again holding Memorial Masses across the country to remember our friends who have been at the heart of our work, but are no longer with us.

Our Mass in Liverpool is being held on Saturday 25 November, 5.30pm at Sacred Heart, Liverpool Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3BP. 

Everybody is welcome to join us on the day, where there will be a Book of Remembrance to honour the people we have lost this year.

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These Masses are our opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made. Without them we would not be able to reach those most in need.

Add your loved ones name to the Book of Remembrance.

2017 Fun Run Poster Released

Today (October 12th) marks 76 days until our 2017 Fun Run, which will take place as usual on Decmeber 27th at the Wavertree Athletics Centre.

You have the option to run/walk 2km, 4km or 8km.

We are delighted to be able to reveal the poster for the event this year.

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We would like to say a big thank you to Sue Flannery and her team at Cyber Frog Design for the great job they have done designing this year’s poster!Back

You can download the poster by clicking here and you can download the registration form by clicking here or you can email us at liverpool@cafod.org.uk or phone us on 0151 228 4028.

We hope very much to see you on the day!

More details to come!