Lampedusa Cross Walk of Witness

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Archbishop Malcolm McMahon Blessing the Cross

50 Rainhill residents led by the St Bartholomew’s CAFOD Group led a Walk of Witness for Good Friday in Rainhill.  The Walk was an ecumenical event with parishioners from St Ann’s CE Church and St James’ Methodist Church walking in solidarity.  The Group had asked to use the Liverpool Lampedusa Cross for the walk which was also used at other times during Holy Week at St Bartholomew’s.

Lampedusa Cross at St Teresa's Norris Green

The Lampedusa Cross at  St Teresa’s in Norris Green

This cross was made from pieces of a boat wrecked off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The first Lampedusa cross was made from a boat on which 311 Eritrean and Somali refugees were drowned making their way from Libya to Europe. The community on the island helped save the lives of 155 others.

In Lampedusa’s church, Francesco Tuccio, the island’s carpenter, met some of the survivors who were Eritrean Christians. Moved by their situation, he used his skills to make each of them a cross from the wreckage as both a reflection of their salvation from the sea andalso as a powerful symbol of hope for their future. A similar cross was made for Pope Francis, who carried it at a memorial service for those who had perished.

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The Lampedusa Cross at St Oswalds in Warrington

In 2016, Mr Tuccio made the Liverpool Lampedusa Cross. It bears witness to the dangerous journeys and many uncertainties migrants and refugees face today. It reminds us of the power of our own acts of love, mercy and hope.

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The Lampedusa Cross at the Walking Day Event in Warrington. 

The Lampedusa Cross Service is a simple and powerful liturgy which can be used by anyone.  At the end, people are invited to respond by writing their own messages of hope to refugees which are sent to CAFOD and distributed to refugees around the world.  Here’s a picture of the Archbishop Malcolm blessing the Cross and his own Message of Hope.  And the messages do reach refugees, as you can see here through the work of our partner Caritas Hellas on the island of Lesbos in Greece.

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The Lampedusa Cross Logo

The Cross is available to use for parishes and communities in the Archdiocese and there are beautiful resources to accompany it and to engage people in consideration of the plight of migrants and Jesus’ call to love our neighbours.  If you are interested in using the Cross for a small or large group of people, please call Ged or Colette on 0151 228 4028 or email liverpool@cafod.org.uk.

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.