Fun CAFOD fundraiser at St Anne’s

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If you live anywhere near St Anne’s, please come along and support Our Lady Star of the Sea parish’s fundraising event on Friday 13th July.

A light trip back to the Sixties with live music from “Mike and the Legends”. All monies will go to the CAFOD Refugees Crisis Appeal.

It’ll be an amazing fun, family and friendly event. Tickets are just £6, and will include a sandwich and a cake. All details are on the poster:

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre
67 St Albans Road
St Annes
FY8 1XD

Thank you for your support!

St Peter’s, Lytham… Shares the Journey!

War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. In September 2017, Pope Francis urged Catholics across the world to come together to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis with compassion and call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move.

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Fr David carrying the Lampedusa Cross together with CAFOD volunteers and parishioners from St Peters, Lytham

Thanks to the amazing work of CAFOD supporters, we have already walked TWICE around the world in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. We are now aiming to walk a THIRD time around the world to send a strong message to Prime Minister, Theresa May, that she must ensure that the UK takes a lead in the refugee negotiations at the UN later this year. You can sign our petition here.

 

During Refugee Week of Action (16th-24th June), St Peter’s, Lytham, took part in our Share the Journey campaign, adding over 1,000 miles to our total.

They started their campaign by holding a Walk to Church Sunday event on Sunday 17th June, where parishioners were encouraged to walk rather than drive to church, where possible, and all miles walked were counted towards the parish total. They also held a card signing after Mass, where parishioners who hadn’t walked were able to sign the petition cards to support the campaign.

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St Peter’s parish on their Share the Journey walk

On Saturday 23rd June, over 150 walkers from St Peter’s Catholic Church, St Peter’s Catholic Primary School and all church denominations in Lytham walked in the Lytham Club Day parade, with every step counting towards the final total. Parish priest, Fr David, carried the Lampedusa cross during the parade, a great reminder of the purpose of the walk. Campaigners also encouraged members of the public to get involved with the campaign and sign the action cards – a great way to raise awareness for the campaign!

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CAFOD volunteer, Emily McIndoe, speaking about the CAFOD campaign and the importance of the Lampedusa Cross at the Songs of Praise service at Lytham Hall.

On Sunday 24th June, St Peter’s ended their week of campaigning with CAFOD volunteer Emily McIndoe speaking about the campaign and the importance of the Lampedusa Cross at the Songs of Praise service at Lytham Hall.

CAFOD campaign volunteer, Emily McIndoe, said “It was incredible to see how much support we received, both within the parish and the wider community of Lytham. We had some great discussions with members of the public about why it’s so important to stand in solidarity with refugees. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire week of campaigning and we were overwhelmed with the positive response the campaign received. A big thank you to Fr David, the churches of Lytham and the team of CAFOD parish volunteers at St Peter’s, Lytham!”

Find out more about CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign

 

 

CAFOD Volunteers Thanksgiving Mass

CAFOD volunteers with Fr Paul Fletcher S.J. and CAFOD Lancaster representative, Patrick Gardner

CAFOD volunteers with Fr Paul Fletcher S.J. and CAFOD Lancaster representative, Patrick Gardner at St Wilfrid’s, Preston

Last week, 16 of our volunteers came together and we had the opportunity to celebrate and cherish their support for CAFOD in a Thanksgiving Mass at St Wilfrid’s in Preston. The day was full with emotions, especially with gratitude for all our volunteers who generously give their time and talents to support CAFOD.

We came together as a community, sharing our different volunteer roles and experiences – Parish volunteers, School volunteers, Campaign volunteers, Area Coordinators, Office volunteers and Step into the Gap volunteers. We had the privilege to have Father Paul Fletcher S.J. as celebrant for our Thanksgiving Mass. Fr Paul’s signing of the Mass was beautiful. The liturgy was a wonderful experience. Reflective prayers remembered CAFOD’s work with our sisters and brothers in the poorest communities overseas and celebrated our CAFOD volunteers not only in Lancaster Diocese, but also our volunteers, nationally and overseas.

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Fr Paul with Aleks, CAFOD gapper

We were delighted to be joined by our CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer, Aleks, who earlier this year visited CAFOD projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Over lunchtime, Aleks shared with us her experience as a CAFOD ‘gapper’, this year, and of her time overseas with CAFOD. It was wonderful to hear from Aleks about the life-transforming work of CAFOD’s projects overseas. We wish Aleks all the best for the future as this fantastic gap year with CAFOD comes to an end later this month.

However, the day would have not been complete without sharing a delicious lunch together. The day has been a blessing and we celebrate the amazing work that our volunteers do. We really couldn’t do the work we do without them – they are priceless!

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CAFOD volunteers enjoying lunch in the Parish Hall after the Thanksgiving Mass

From CAFOD in Lancaster we want to say again ‘THANK YOU’ to our wonderful volunteers!

‘So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.’ Galatians 6:9

Have a blessed day!