Our Lady of the Assumption’s Hunger Lunches

Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Belle Vale ran hunger lunches for six Fridays during Lent.

These hunger lunches raised a fantastic total of £266.52 for CAFOD and in total the parish raised £3086 for CAFOD during Lent.

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Rosemary Doman (Right)

Our parish volunteer, Rosemary Doman said “there was a lovely social atmosphere. ” and told us that the lunches “were attended by 14 – 21 parishioners/visitors, including each week Father Trowbridge – from Wigan – who travelled a distance to say Mass for us beforehand on five Fridays and was a very enthusiastic supporter!”

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A volunteer preparing coffee

On the last occasion the group was joined by Father Pat O’Brien, who offered mass that day.

Many parish groups  were involved in preparing and serving the soups including “Our Lady’s choir, the Legion of Mary and the One World Group.”

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Guests enjoying their soup

The soups which were mostly homemade, included a range of the ‘guests’ favourite recipes – “tomato & basil, carrot & coriander, leek & potato & lentil among others. All much enjoyed! Tea/coffee & a biscuit concluded the simple meal.”

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More guests enjoying the soup on offer

Rosemary’s concluding thought was that “Everyone agreed these were great social occasions as well as raising £266.52 in total for CAFOD. Definitely to be repeated next year!”

It’s great to see that the parish’s hard work paid off, and resulted in such a “Souper” result for CAFOD, thank you to Rosemary and everyone else involved.

East Africa Crisis Appeal Update

We would like to thank everyone for all the hard work over the last few days for the East Africa Crisis appeal, it is off to a great start thanks to your speedy responses; nationwide we have received £757k to date.

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Click here to watch a one-minute video from our Head of Parish Participation and Volunteering Group, Jo Kitterick, with a thank you message for our supporters and volunteers.

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Do you know what your money could buy?

  • £25 could provide a month’s supply of life-saving peanut paste to a malnourished child
  • £60 could provide clean drinking water for two families for a month
  • £100 could provide supplies to a clinic treating severely malnourished children for a week.

East Africa Crisis

You can still donate;

Online at www.cafod.org.uk/eastafrica

By credit/debit card on: 0500 85 88 85

By Cheque to;

CAFOD, Romero House,

55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB

 

And of course you can pray, we have the CAFOD prayer for those affected at

http://cafod.org.uk/content/download/629/5874/version/7/file/Prayer_hope_comfort-your-people_prayer.pdf

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CAFOD responds to the East Africa Crisis

East Africa Crisis

 

Over 16 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are in urgent need of food, following months of drought.

In South Sudan alone, 4.9 million people – more than 40 per cent of the country’s population – urgently need food, and nutrition assistance. In many places, such as South Sudan, the crisis has been exacerbated by conflict and economic collapse.

We are already working with our local Church partners on the ground, who are providing vital aid to communities affected by hunger and drought.

Please join us in praying for those affected by the hunger crisis in East Africa

You can also donate by clicking HERE

Thank you for your support in helping us to reach the most vulnerable communities.

 

 

Ormskirk chooses Live simply!

St Anne’s and St Elizabeth’s parishes in Ormskirk have signed up for CAFOD’s Livesimply Award!  live-simply-colour

A Core Group has been set up to help parishioners come together to live more simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with people in poverty, with the strong backing of Frs Godric Timney and Boniface Moran OSB.

The Parishes have already been active in responding to Pope Francis’ urgent call to make the world a fairer place and protect it for all of life on the planet for future generations. They’ve been considering how they can support refugees (and taking valuable supplies to Asylum Link Merseyside!), deepening their commitment to Fairtrade and engaging the Scouts with improving the gardens for example.  Susan O’Halloran led the launch meeting and invited Ged Edwards to tell people about Livesimply and invite their ideas for the future.

33 parishioners came to the meeting at St Anne’s and 84 people joined on llaunch-meeting-group-1ine.  They’ve found out already that Livesimply is a great way to bring people in the parish together, find out what’s going on and build from there a stronger community.  Coming together helps to support and encourage one another and people told us what they are already doing and shared their ideas for the future.  They included a Walk to Church Sunday, supporting refugees, buying locally and only as much as we need, using low energy lighting, etc.

launch-meeting-group-2Ged said, ” What a marvellous response!  I was really impressed with the meeting and the progress already made.  Now the parishes will draw in others, finalise their plans.  They will do what they can we know and the Lord will do the rest.”  Next step?  A simple and exciting plan for the next 12-18 months ahead.  At the end of the road is CAFOD’s Livesimply Award to reward the community.

To find out more, visit the Livesimply Award on CAFOD’s website or watch the presentation from St Anne’s.

CAFOD Liverpool Memorial mass

On Sunday 27th November, St Teresa of the Child Jesus in Norris Green, kindly hosted the

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annual CAFOD Liverpool memorial mass.

Every November, CAFOD hold a memorial mass in honour of our supporters and loved ones who have died.  A book of remembrance is displayed to remember those who have dedicated time, support, money and prayers to CAFOD over the years.  Without their kind and generous support, we simply couldn’t continue our work.

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St Teresa’s CAFOD Group and Fr Chris Fallon hosted this year’s Liverpool Memorial Mass

This year’s mass was kindly organised by our recently set up CAFOD group at St Teresa’s, led by Terry Graham.  The group were set up in May and since then, have supported CAFOD in many ways, including taking on campaign actions and organising a prayer pilgrimage.  The group really did themselves proud by organising this touching event, with wonderful support from Fr Chris Fallon.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of those involved in supporting this service.

If you would like to hear more about how you can support or volunteer for CAFOD, please do not hesitate to contact the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre.  There are many ways that you can be involved no matter what your skills are or how much time you feel you can offer.  We are grateful for any support.