All will be welcome at the Lancaster Diocese CAFOD Memorial Mass

Remembering past friends of CAFOD…

Memorial Mass PosterDuring 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.

Refreshments will be provided after the service, so we hope you will be able to stay for a little while to speak with other local CAFOD supporters and volunteers. It would be wonderful to see you at such a special event.

The Mass is being held on:

Saturday 3 November at 6pm

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

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“A bridge from a place of suffering to a better world”

This week, it was an honour to welcome Livison, CAFOD’s project officer from Zimbabwe, to the Lancaster Diocese as part of his speaking tour around the North West and North East of England this Lent.

Livison spoke to almost 60 CAFOD volunteers and supporters at the events in Poulton-le-Fylde and Preston, who came out to welcome him and learn about CAFOD’s projects in Zimbabwe, the country which this year’s Lent appeal is focusing on.

Speaking about how CAFOD funded projects are helping to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country, Livison told the story of Marian and her family, including

Marian and family

seven year old son, Svondo.

Svondo’s brother, Tawanda, never had enough food growing up so he cried a lot and didn’t play.  But thanks to CAFOD supporters from England and Wales, his brother Svondo has enough food to eat to keep him healthy. This means he plays a lot and loves peanut butter!

 

Livison shared with volunteers a direct message from Marian:

“I’m very grateful to CAFOD supporters for what they’ve done. You have been a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world. If I were to meet you, it would be such a blessing. I’d like to ask you, what drives you to give to others? Is it your kindness?”

It was an honour to welcome Livison to Lancaster and hearing his stories was truly inspiring.  We even had a little time to explore the local area and experience a true British delicacy – fish and chips!

Learn more about this Family Fast Day

Are you holding any events this Lent in your parish or school? Giving something up? Let us know – we’d love to celebrate your story!

Email lancaster@cafod.org.uk or call 01772 733310

Transforming Lives in Bolivia

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We warmly invite you and your parish community to join us and hear about our work and how you can get involved this Harvest Fast Day.

We’ll be sharing an update on CAFOD’s work in Bolivia – the country focus of this year’s Harvest appeal and the poorest country in South America – and showing how the Catholic community is making a lasting difference in the world around us.

All are welcome. We do value your ongoing support. It makes a tangible difference to the lives of countless people overseas.

Please contact me for further information.

With thanks and every best wish,

Patrick Gardner
Community Participation CoordinatorCAFOD

CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre
St Walburge’s Centre
St Walburge’s Gardens
Preston  PR2 2QJ

Telephone  01772 733 310  Mobile 07920 565 454

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