Lake District Pilgrimage marks Creation Time

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Parishioners from St Joseph’s in Cockermouth and Our Lady’s in Keswick came together with visitors and ecumenical partners to celebrate Creation Time by undertaking a pilgrimage to St Bega’s Church on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.

People walked, cycled and took the bus to share in CAFOD’s Creation Time Service in which they praised God for the Earth, our common home; recognised our responsibility for all creation, especially for those people most affected by global warming; and renewed their personal commitments to do more to reduce harmful impacts.

Co-ordinated by the St Joseph’s Parish Livesimply Group, the event, which included quiet prayer and enthusiastic unaccompanied singing, could become an annual event. Fr Tom Singleton, who serves both Parishes, can be seen on the left of the group standing outside St Bega’s.

St Bega was an Irish princess who fled across the Irish Sea to Cumbria to avoid forced marriage to a Viking prince, coming ashore at St Bees. The atmospheric pre-Norman Church is set in fields at the foot of the 3,000 foot mountain, Skiddaw, which dominates the landscape for miles around.

The peace and isolation show why this was a favoured spot for a holy hermitage. Many thanks to the Binsey Team of the Anglican Diocese for allowing us to use the church for this event.

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All will be welcome at the Lancaster Diocese CAFOD Memorial Mass

Remembering past friends of CAFOD…

A4 Poster Memorial Masses 25 November 2018During November, the month of remembrance, we take time to pray for those who have died and give thanks for loved ones who have made a deep and lasting impression on our lives. 

Over the years, CAFOD has been blessed to work alongside the kindest and most committed friends any charity could hope for. The insight, faith and strength of our founders and early supporters still shape our values and way of working today.

But one of the saddest aspects of growing older, as individuals and as an organisation, is that some of our closest friends have passed away in recent months and years. In our own diocese, we have lost a number of friends who have played an inspirational and important role in our work.

Some may be familiar names, such as inspirational parish priests, or parish volunteers who have organised events and rallied local support for CAFOD campaigns. Many more will be men and women who’ve gone about their busy lives but also quietly found time to offer love, practical support and prayers to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Ordinary men and women who have made an extraordinary difference to people’s lives.

So, in celebration of our inspiring friends and as a small token of our appreciation for their years of kindness and dedication, CAFOD Lancaster is holding a Memorial Mass.

Everyone is welcome

All are welcome to join us, whether to remember fellow CAFOD supporters or members of your own family, friends and community who have passed away. At our Memorial Mass, you can take precious time to remember your loved ones, knowing that you’re among friends.

Add a name to our Book of Remembrance

lancaster-memorial-mass-1A Book of Remembrance will be presented and blessed by the celebrant at the Mass. If you would like to add a name to this list you would be very welcome; whether or not you can attend the service itself. Please get in touch with our CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre at pwyre@cafod.org.uk or by calling 01772 733 310, if you’d like to know more.

It would be wonderful to see you at such a special event.

The Mass is being held on:

Saturday 17 November at 6pm

St Patrick’s Catholic Church, St John’s Road, Morecambe, LA3 1EX.

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There is still time to sign up for the Campaigning Masterclass!

There is still time to sign up for the Campaigning Masterclass!

There is still time and spaces available for our free Campaigning Masterclass at the Gateway Centre, Liverpool, on Saturday 13th October, 10.30am – 4.30pm, which will be led by a members of our campaigns team and North West regional team.

Anyone aged 18-30 is able to take part for a day of developing campaigning skills and learning how to truly make a difference through campaigning. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop your campaigning skills alongside other like-minded individuals and to learn more about CAFOD’s work!

CAFOD’s campaigning targets those in need through tackling the issues of hunger and poverty, as well as speaking out for justice in order for families and communities to truly flourish. Through our campaigns we can help thousands more communities overseas than we would fundraising alone.

Our campaigning reinforces CAFOD’s relationships with politicians, and enables our research and recommendations to reach the people who have the power to put them into practice. We make a difference when we join our voices with others who feel the same, as part of coalitions including all faiths and none.

Masterclass PosterThe masterclass will comprise of interactive and informative sessions on the following topics:

  • How to campaign effectively
  • How to engage with your MP
  • Campaign success stories
  • How to make the most out of your campaign
  • How you can get involved with your local CAFOD

All crucial skills to have to be a key campaigner in the future!

This is a one day course which is completely free of charge, and lunch will be provided!

To find out more and to secure your free place, email emcindoe@cafod.org.uk by Monday 8th October.