You’re invited to St Anne’s, Westby, Power to Be Liturgy on 6th September

St Anne’s Church, Westby, are hosting their own reflective liturgy on September 6th from 7pm until 7:45pm to show their support for CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign.  The team at St Anne’s are extending their welcome to all who would like to attend.



Currently, one in six people live without electricity globally. Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest and most efficient way to bring power to the poorest communities. It means that families don’t have to rely on dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as paraffin lamps and firewood. It enables children to study after dark, nurses to keep vaccines cold and farmers to irrigate crops.

Through the World Bank, the UK already invests in energy access to combat poverty but less than 3% of World Bank spending goes towards renewable energy and clean cooking.

CAFOD’s Power to be campaign is asking the UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson, to use her influence to ensure that children everywhere have the power to achieve great things and lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the planet.

CAFOD’s representative in Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said:  “By coming together and raising our voices we really can make difference and be the change we want to see in the world.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to the parishioners at St Anne’s, Westby, for organising this amazing event and showing that they really do care about energy access around the world.”

If you’d like to run your own Power to Be liturgy, you can find the resources here.


Find out more details about the reflective Power to Be liturgy in Westby

Come along to our Lent Fast Day Briefings

Florence from Zambia turns Little fish into a thriving business

Florence from Zambia turns Little fish into a thriving business

Come along to our Lent Fast Day Briefings where you will hear how, with your help, Florence from Zambia turned one tiny fish into a thriving business and a future for her family.

  • Sun 12 Feb – St Mary’s Catholic Church, Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6SP   1.30pm – 3.00pm
  • Thurs 16 Feb – St Benedict’s Catholic Church, Whinlatter Road, Mirehouse, Whitehaven CA28 8BN   7.00pm – 8.30pm
  •  Sat 18 Feb – St Mary and St Michael’s Catholic Church, Bonds Lane, Garstang PR3 1ZB   2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Mon 27 Feb – Holy Cross Parish Meeting Room, Ribby Road, Kirkham                       PR4 2BE   7.00pm – 8.00pm

A chance to meet other CAFOD parish volunteers and prepare you for Lent Fast Day.

Why not bring a friend along as well? All welcome.

Refreshments will be provided

To book a place do get in touch.

Harvest Fast Day Meeting in Preston


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 to our Harvest Briefings this month throughout the diocese:

Thursday 15 September: CAFOD Furness Harvest Fast Day briefing
7pm – 8.30pm (refreshments from 6.45pm)
Our Lady of Furness Parish Centre (next to St Mary’s Catholic Church),
Howard Street,
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1NF

Tuesday 20 September: CAFOD Carlisle Harvest Fast Day briefing (with Andres Gomez de la Torre, CAFOD’s Head of International Programmes, )
7pm – 8.30pm (refreshments from 6.45pm)
New Waterton Hall,
Warwick Square, Carlisle CA1 1LB

Monday 26 September: CAFOD Preston Harvest Fast Day briefing
7pm – 8.30pm (refreshments from 6.45pm)
St Wilfrid’s Parish Centre
Chapel Street, Preston PR1 8BU

If you know of anyone who is interested in volunteering for CAFOD in your parish, please do invite them along.

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

Thank you