Liverpool’s Thanksgiving Event for Volunteers – 10th June

On Saturday 10 June, CAFOD volunteers from the Archdiocese of Liverpool came together to celebrate their achievements in an afternoon full of events, cake and friendship.

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One of the delicious cakes on offer

The afternoon began with tea and cake, made by the staff and volunteers, and we were asked to discuss our highlights of volunteering for CAFOD with the person next to us.

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We heard from volunteers from across the diocese, some of whom were schools’ volunteers and parish volunteers from their local CAFOD groups.  There was such a huge mix of activities that people take part in for CAFOD: from beetle drives to giving talks in schools, from selling fair trade goods to holding collections after Mass… It is inspiring to see such variety and we are grateful for it all!

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Every Christmas, Elizabeth takes part in the Liverpool Fun Run for CAFOD in fancy dress… Past costumes include a ‘Christmas pudding’ and last year, Jesus, who gave out books to the children who were attending the run!

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Justine is CAFOD Liverpool’s Education Volunteer Co-ordinator who goes into local schools to spread the word of CAFOD and the various campaigns we run. She is always looking to make the experience for schools and volunteers the best it can be, sharing her thoughtful reflections on poverty and justice, and inspiring volunteers and children and young people with her work.

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Bernie (left) and Justine (Right)

After we shared our highlights, Weronika from CAFOD’s Latin America team gave us a talk about the Connect2 programme and specifically Connect2 Peru.  It was great to see the hand of friendship that local parishes are extending through this programme and the rewards that both sides see from being involved.

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Weronika

We had a wonderful afternoon together and it was great to be able to celebrate our volunteers in the Liverpool diocese and share and inspire us all with the brilliant stories!

Thank you!

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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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.

St Benet’s, Netherton welcome CAFOD Partner, Sister Yvonne Mwila from Zambia

CAFOD Liverpool were delighted to be visited by Sr Yvonne from Zambia last week where

CAFOD partner Sister Yvonne welcomed at St Benet's, Netherton

CAFOD Partner, Sr Yvonne, is welcomed by the children at St Benet’s, Netherton

she was kindly hosted by parishioners from St Benet’s, Netherton.

Sr Yvonne is a Religious Sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  She has been in Mbala, Zambia for 9 years and working in the Households In Distress Programme (HID) for 8 years.  HID programme’s goal is to contribute to the reduction of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the infected and most affected families in communities through quality care and support, and livelihoods initiatives.

Sr Yvonne delivered a short talk at mass in St Raymond’s Chapel, and then at St Benet’s where she was welcomed by the children of the parish, and also given some challenging questions by them!

CAFOD Volunteer Mat and parishioner, Sam, set up the coffee morning at St Benet's, Netherton

CAFOD Volunteer Mat and parishioner, Sam, set up the coffee morning at St Benet’s, Netherton

The mass was followed by a coffee morning allowing parishioners to meet Sister Yvonne and have a chat over tea and delicious cake.  The cakes were donated and home made by parishioners, and through the sales of these as well as a toy sale and raffle, over £500 was raised on the day!

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, said, ‘I’m absolutely delighted with the amount of effort the whole parish has gone to, to welcome Sister Yvonne and support CAFOD’s work to help people in Zambia.  So many parishioners stayed after mass and supported the day, it was really uplifting to see and the cakes were scrumptious too!’

Fr Bruce from St Benet's, Netherton welcomes CAFOD partner, Sr Yvonne from Zambia

Fr Bruce from St Benet’s, Netherton welcomes CAFOD partner, Sr Yvonne from Zambia

CAFOD would like to thank Fr Bruce from St Benet’s, Netherton for supporting the event and to our CAFOD volunteers in that parish, Richard and his wife Maggie, and Mat, his wife Sue and daughter Emily who were all phenomenal over the weekend.  CAFOD simply could not continue to provide its inspirational work without this kind of support.  On hearing that she was a football fan, in true scouse style, a Liverpool shirt was presented to Sr Yvonne

CAFOD Partner, Sr Yvonne is presented with a personalised Liverpool FC shirt from parishioners at St Benet's, Netherton

CAFOD Partner, Sr Yvonne is presented with a personalised Liverpool FC shirt from parishioners at St Benet’s, Netherton

which she was delighted with!

We would also like to thank the CAFOD volunteers from across Liverpool Archdiocese who attended the CAFOD Lent briefing with Sister Yvonne too.  Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts that you’re doing to help make this Lent a success!

Find out how your parish can support CAFOD this Lent!

CAFOD Liverpool Fun Run – Meet the Volunteers!

We’re on a countdown to the CAFOD Fun Run which takes place on Tuesday 27th December at The Mystery, Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool, L15 4LE.

We thought it would be a great idea to let you know how the event is coming together and introduce you to the wonderful volunteers on our organising committee.

Today, we’re starting with Mike Devereux, who, along with his daughter, Susan, has joined

CAFOD Fun Run Committee Volunteer, Mike Devereux

CAFOD Fun Run Committee Volunteer, Mike Devereux

the Volunteer Organising Committee this year.  Mike says, ’I’ve taken part in the CAFOD Fun Run over the last 15 years.  This year, me, my daughter, Sue and her husband, Richard, decided to get more involved.  I’m delighted to be part of the team that is keeping this event running.  CAFOD really needed extra support and we’re so happy we’ve been able to do this through redesigning the posters and arranging for printed materials, free of charge to CAFOD, as well as setting up on the day and ensuring the event runs as smooth as possible.  It would be brilliant to have everyone’s support, so please do come and join us on 27th December’.

This year’s CAFOD Fun Run will be supporting the Ethiopia Food Crisis, where ten million people are facing a crippling drought.  Severe and extreme weather shifts, part of the El Niño effect, mean that the rains in Ethiopia have failed twice. Farmers are losing their crops, water sources are drying up, and families are struggling to keep themselves and their animals alive. As a result, an estimated 400,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and millions are in need of emergency food and clean water.  Money raised from the CAFOD Fun Run will be used to scale up our work and reach more vulnerable women, men and children with life-saving aid.

Remember you can run, walk or toddle and dogs are welcome too!  If taking part isn’t for you, perhaps enjoying a cup of tea, buying a raffle ticket and listening to entertaining jazz music from local band, The Rioters, would be more enjoyable.  There is something for everyone at the CAFOD Fun Run so please do come along and support this event!  Please arrive for a 12pm registration and 1pm run!