Come and hear Fr Peter Hughes

CAFOD Liverpool will be proud to welcome Father Peter Hughes, an Irish priest who has spent the last three decades living and working with poor communities in Peru, when he visits Wigan on 8 July 2017 to share his experiences of the impact of climate change on local communities.

The event, which is being co-hosted by the aid agency CAFOD and the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission, will be held at St Joseph’s Parish Centre in Wrightington, Wigan on Saturday 8 July and begins at 9.30am. It will hopefully be attended by local West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper.

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Father Peter Hughes was born in County Mayo, Ireland, but having lived in Peru has become an expert in the conditions in South America. He is touring the UK with his lecture ‘Listening to the cry of the earth, and the cry of the poor’, which is a response to Pope Francis’ call for people to care more for the earth and each other.

Father Peter works with bishops across Latin America to support indigenous communities living in the Amazon rain forest, and is an adviser to the Instituto Bartolome de las Casas and CELAM, the collegial council of Latin American bishops.  He recently made a presentation to the United Nations in New York.

CAFOD representative, Sarah Croft, said: “We are privileged and inspired to hear first-hand how our sisters and brothers in Latin America are responding to the Pope’s call to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. We have our part to play in the UK too.

“That’s why people in Wigan are adding their voices to CAFOD’s Power to be campaign – calling for World Bank support to enable the poorest communities around the world to have access to local, renewable energy to tackle poverty without harming the earth we share.”

The event is being held as a part of the Climate Coalition’s Speak Up Week of Action, which encourages CAFOD supporters to meet up with their MPs to discuss climate change.

There will also be an opportunity to hear about CAFOD’s latest campaign, Power to be.  One in six people around the world are still live without electricity. As local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities, CAFOD is calling on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to focus UK spending on renewable energy that will allow children to reach their potential.

To find out more about the event or to attend, please contact Colette at CAFOD Liverpool by calling 0151 228 4028 or by emailing Liverpool@cafod.org.uk

The talk will be followed by a shared lunch, so please bring something to share.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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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 liverpool@cafod.org.uk

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Connect with CAFOD’s work online this Harvest Fast Day

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Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia, joined us for a Harvest Fast Day session. Now, volunteers in the Diocese of Liverpool have the chance to hear about Bolivia from their own home!

On 7th October you are invited to join CAFOD online for your chance to hear from Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia. You can find out about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia and ask any questions you might have about our projects.

Joining an online talk is easy. Simply choose from the lunchtime and evening talks and register using your email address. Continue reading

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Harvest Fast Day is on Friday, October 7th and this year CAFOD is focusing on the poorest nation in South America,  Bolivia, in communities where over 60% of people are in real poverty.  At the Harvest Fast Day briefings we can show you how the Catholic community is making a lasting difference in the world around us.  We warmly invite you and your parish community to join us and hear how you can get involved this Harvest time!

Come and find out more so you can get involved!  All are welcome to our Harvest Briefings this month throughout the diocese:

Thursday 15 September: CAFOD Harvest Fast Day briefing 7pm – 9.00pm (refreshments from 6.45pm) St James’ Social Centre, St James’ Rd, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7AA (with Nikki Evans, CAFOD’s Programme Officer for Bolivia),

Saturday 17 September: CAFOD Liverpool Harvest Fast Day briefing 10am – 2.30pm at St Sebastian’s Church and Parish Centre Lockerby Rd Liverpool L7 0LR (refreshments from 10.00 am for 10.30am start) (with Bernadette McIntosh CAFOD’s Volunteer Support Officer).  There will be the very popular session too on using the prepared short talk for speaking at Mass which makes so much of a difference to Fast Days.  There’ll be a chance to meet other parish volunteers and ourselves at CAFOD Liverpool too!  Please bring something to share for lunch!

What to do

Three things please!

  1.  Please contact us on 0151 228 4028 or liverpool@cafod.org.uk to ask any questions and to let us know you are coming.
  2. If you know of anyone who is interested in helping CAFOD in your parish, please do invite them along. 
  3. Please print out the poster and display at church and/or ask if the news can be included in your parish newsletter. 

We do value your on-going support. It makes a real difference to the lives of countless people overseas.

Thank you!