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!

Uganda Webinar

This  Lent Fast Day, Friday 19 February, from 1:30 – 2:30pm, you are invited to join a webinar  to hear how your support has made a difference in the lives of real people.

Uganda Lent 2016 parish photo Proscovia

Credit line: CAFOD/David Mutua

This Lent you will hear all about how you can ‘turn on the taps’ for communities in Uganda. In this webinar Catherine Ogolla, our country representative for Kenya and Uganda, and her team will share stories of communities in North East Uganda, .

This Lent your donations with be matched by the UK government up to the value of £3 million so we can make double the difference.

Why join?

Webinars with CAFOD are an amazing way to visit the countries we work in. You can hear from the people working on the ground who bring the projects you support to life. It’s not just about listening, you will also have the opportunity to ask our Uganda team questions and hear what other CAFOD supporters think too.

How does it work?

Taking part in a webinar is easy. All you need to do to is click on the link below and register with your name and email. You will then receive a confirmation email with a link you can use to join the webinar. In order to listen you will need either speakers or headphones.

Register now>>


If you’d like to join, but you aren’t sure how, email Elly on or call 0207 095 5332.


Lent Fast Day and the doubling of donations

Uganda Lent 2016 parish photo Proscovia

Proscovia’s water pump has been fixed, giving her free time to go to school and get an education.

This Lent Fast Day, Friday 19 February 2016, we can ensure that more people have access to local, clean, safe water.

Throughout Lent, we have an exceptional opportunity to make an even bigger difference to people living in poverty.

Donations to our Lent appeal, up to £3.5 million, are being doubled by the UK Government – so every £1 you raise can make double the difference to people living in poverty. People like 14-year-old Proscovia, from Uganda. Proscovia’s local water pump had been broken for as long as she could remember, and she had to walk for miles to collect water for her family – missing hours of school. But thanks to donations from generous supporters, CAFOD’s local church partner mended the water pump. This meant the family had a local supply of clean water, and gave Proscovia the chance to go to school and to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.

Help us make the most of this amazing opportunity by fundraising, giving and praying this Lent. We’ve got some great resources to help get your parish, group or community excited about saving lives around the world.

Thank you for your continued support.

Cut it out for Lent Fast Day, 27 February 2015

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This Lent Fast Day will focus on CAFOD’s work helping communities in Myanmar to recover from and prepare for climate-related natural disasters.

CAFOD is enabling our brothers and sisters in Myanmar to build a stronger community in preparation against the changing climate which produces such severe cyclones, floods and droughts.

CAFOD invites you to support people living with the effects of climate change in countries like Myanmar this upcoming Lent Fast Day. Your work will help them make a difference to their lives! Make arrangements with your parish priest to deliver the Lent Fast Day talk at Mass at one of the weekends of 21 and 22 February or alternatively 28 February and 1 March and also to arrange for collections the weekend after.

Download the Lent Fast Day short talk

Lent fundraising will have double the impact this year because we have been awarded UK Aid match funding for our Lent appeal. This means the UK Government will match pound for pound every…

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