CAFOD responds to the East Africa Crisis

East Africa Crisis


Over 16 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are in urgent need of food, following months of drought.

In South Sudan alone, 4.9 million people – more than 40 per cent of the country’s population – urgently need food, and nutrition assistance. In many places, such as South Sudan, the crisis has been exacerbated by conflict and economic collapse.

We are already working with our local Church partners on the ground, who are providing vital aid to communities affected by hunger and drought.

Please join us in praying for those affected by the hunger crisis in East Africa

You can also donate by clicking HERE

Thank you for your support in helping us to reach the most vulnerable communities.



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.

CAFOD Warrington Network – a first!


The first Network of CAFOD volunteers in Liverpool and Shrewsbury Dioceses has been formed!  CAFOD Parish and Education Volunteers from most of its 13 parishes came together last night and committed to working in their parishes together to support, inspire and encourage one another to Give, Act and Pray with CAFOD and raise awareness of our work.

A small Core Group with Chairperson (Julie Johnson from Blessed John Henry Newman), Secretary (Margaret Ord from St Joseph’s), and Mary Glennon (St Monica’s) and Christine Sherif (St Lewis’, Croft) as Communication Officers.

The parishes represented last night were St Benedict’s and St Oswald’s, St Joseph’s, St Lewis’, St Monica’s, St Peter’s as well as Blessed John Henry Newman.  Having decided unanimously a while ago that we wanted to work across the town and its surrounding villages, 19 volunteers and supporters met with Ged Edwards from Liverpool and Bridget Fenwick from Shrewsbury Dioceses in the beautiful surroundings of at Blessed John Henry Newman Parish Centre and after careful discernment, agreed to form a self-sustaining Network.  Ged and Bridget will continue to advise the group and offer support as it requests too.

The CAFOD Warrington Network will next meeting on Tuesday 25 April at 7.30pm at St Monica’s Appleton.  Wonderful!  Many thanks to you all for showing such commitment and leadership!

Archbishop McMahon writes message of hope for Refugees

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinators, Colette Byrne and Ged Edwards, paid a visit to Archbishop Malcom McMahon last week. They took along the Lampedusa Cross.

Archbishop McMahon writes his Year of Mercy message of Hope for Refugees

Archbishop McMahon write his message of hope for Refugees.

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 and also 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.

For the Year of Mercy, Mr Tuccio made his 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.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are called to contemplate God’s abundant love and to share compassion with our global family, in particular remembering refugees and migrants.

Archbishop McMahon's message of hope for refugees in the Year of Mercy

Archbishop McMahon’s message of hope for Refugees in the Year of Mercy

At CAFOD, we’re asking you to go on a Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage with your fellow parishioners or school pupils, and dedicate your message of hope to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters travelling on these dangerous journeys.

Archbishop McMahon joined us by writing his own message of hope and is encouraging you to do the same. Pilgrimages shall be taking place across the Liverpool Archdiocese. Would you like to get involved?

Would you be interested in organising or attending a pilgrimage? CAFOD Volunteers are acting in solidarity, showing love and support to our global brothers and sisters.

For more information, please contact the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre on 0151 228 4028 or email

The CAFOD Carol service 2014

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The annual CAFOD Carol service took place last night on December 18th 2014 at St Teresa’s Upholland. Over 1000 people came.

The guest speaker was John Darley (one of CAFOD’s Trustees) who spoke about his recent trip to Brazil to visit CAFOD’s partners working there.

Music was provided by St John Rigby Sixth Form College, St John Fisher High School, Our Lady’s Queen of Peace High School, St Edmund Arrowsmith High School, St Mary & St John’s Catholic Primary School and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary school.

During the service, the students performed a wonderful new piece composed by James Gresty and arranged by David Wall especially for the Carol service called ‘Everlasting Peace.’

Afterwards there was also a chance to munch on some scrumptious mince pies provided kindly by Catherine Greaves.

A gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who made the night such a success including James Gresty, Mark Lane, James Hodgson, Martin Malone, David Wall, Angela Bryant, Candice McArdle, Paul Masheder, Louise Alvarado, Andy Longden, Cecilia Rigby, Victoria Hitchen, Pauline Hurst, Fr Tony Slingo, Catherine Greaves, Pat Boyle, Peter and Eileen Holland.

Click here to see the carol service booklet.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas-we hope that it brings you lots of blessings!