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.

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!

Liverpool Volunteer Centre’s Livesimply Launch!

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Emily, Colette, Stephen and Ged at our Livesimply launch

The Livesimply award is awarded to Catholic communities who can show how they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation. It celebrates what you have already done and inspires you to do more. The award is an opportunity to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

 

In the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre we have decided to apply for the Livesimply award and we’re aiming to be the first Livesimply volunteer centre in the country. We wanted to be able to fully understand the process of applying so that we can have a better understanding of both the benefits and difficulties that parishes may face when they apply. On Harvest Fast day, 6th October, we launched our application with a shared lunch here at the volunteer centre.

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Ged enjoying his simple soup and bread lunch with Fairtrade bananas.

We have printed out our aims and put them on the wall, so that we are all clear in our goals, and our roles as a group and as individuals, and so that visitors can find out about what we’re trying to do. Our three major tasks are; reducing energy use, providing vegetarian food for all training days and lunches and promoting links between groups and individuals through Livesimply. We are also planning to install a Bug House, plant wildflowers, buy local products to support local suppliers and use environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Ged Edwards said, “Liverpool staff and volunteers are really committed to Livesimply and it dawned on us that we could try to apply to CAFOD as well as parishes and schools! It will give us an understanding of the pressures parishes are undertaking and it will be great to act in solidarity with our sisters and brothers both here and overseas.”

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Livesimply banner.

Colette added, “After working with parishes in Liverpool Archdiocese and seeing them launch as a Livesimply parish, I’m delighted that we have joined them here in the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre.  I think it’s really important that we practice what we preach.  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.

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The Liverpool staff at the Livesimply launch with bread and soup meals.

If we can all start to make small changes in our day to day lives, it can make a big difference to the world’s poorest people, who suffer the most because of our actions, for example, through the effects of climate change.”

 

 

“If you have any suggestions about things we can do or how we can operate more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the community we would love to hear from you!”

Find out more about the Livesimply award.

Join us for a retreat to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us.

Listening to the poor, reflecting on the Scriptures and engaging with political realities transformed Oscar Romero into one of the Church’s most respected and inspirational figures. His legacy of radical love lives on 100 years after his birth.

At this CAFOD retreat, you are invited to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. Take time to reflect on your own journey of transformation, and be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today. Our Local Retreat will take place in the Salford diocese.

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The retreat is free of charge. All are welcome, whether or not you are already involved with CAFOD’s campaigns.

The location is Wardley Hall, 43 Wardley Hall Lane, Worsley,  Manchester, Lancashire, M28 2RL. Please bring savoury vegetarian food to share for lunch. 10am-4pm.

Please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/journey-to-justice-a-cafod-retreat-registration-35696994672 for more details.

Ursuline Primary pupils give children across the world the ‘Power to Be’

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

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Ursuline Primary School in Crosby is one of the schools taking part in our new Power to Be campaign.

Pupils from years 3 and 5 learnt how renewable energy can transform the lives of children and their communities in the world’s poorest places. By making impressive giant suns with messages to the World Bank and praying for children to gain access to electricity so that they can reach their full potential, the children enjoyed learning about Power to Be and engaged well with the messages being taught.

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The children also made promises to save energy in the future and thought about the ways in which they could make a difference in their homes and schools.

Ged Edwards, a local CAFOD representative, said: “It’s great to hear how well the children from Ursuline Primary School did in the Power to Be activities, and that they were thinking of ways that they could help to save energy in their own lives.  They should be proud of themselves – what a magnificent display they made!”

Find out more about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign

Join us for news on CAFOD’s exciting work in El Salvador!

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Join us at our Harvest Fast Day Briefing to find out how CAFOD has been working with Edelmira from El Salvador

 

This year’s Harvest Fast Day is quickly approaching, with less than six weeks to go! CAFOD Liverpool will be holding two sessions on Wednesday 20 September around the Archdiocese so you can find out more about our exciting work in El Salvador.

We will be telling you the stories of those we support in El Salvador and you will have the chance to talk with staff who have visited the country.  We will provide you with the resources you need to be able to know about our goal of focusing on improving agriculture and healthcare, reducing risks of disasters and the progress and difficulties involved in creating peace.

The sessions are as follows:

  • Chorley: from 1.30pm – 4pm at St Joseph’s Parish Club, Harper’s Lane, Chorley PR6 0HR and
  • Liverpool: from 7 – 9pm at St Philomena’s Church (Russell Room), Sparrow Hall Rd, Liverpool L9 6BU.

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend or would like more information by emailing liverpool@cafod.org.uk or calling the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028.  If you can’t make it to the briefings, please note that you can join a briefing online at Romero House or watch the recording afterwards by registering here.

This year’s Harvest Fast day will be also marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth and by getting involved, you can help us to make a difference to, in the words of Romero, “Plant the seeds that one day will grow.”

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Blessed Oscar Romero

Whether you’d like to speak at Mass, hold a Fast Day event or hold a simple soup lunch for CAFOD, we are happy to support you.

There are many online resources available to you too, including briefing notes, which you can find here.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you on 20 September!

Colette Byrne and Ged Edwards
Community Participation Coordinators, CAFOD Liverpool

A coconut sweet-making cooperative, a small business project in Puentecitos, part of CAFOD's Connect2 El Salvador programme.

A coconut sweet-making cooperative, a small business project in Puentecitos, part of CAFOD’s Connect2 El Salvador programme.