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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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.

 

 

Step into the Gap: Meet our new CAFOD Lancaster volunteer

Sharon - Step into the Gap volunteer in Lancaster Diocese

Sharon – Step into the Gap volunteer in Lancaster Diocese

My name is Sharon. I’m 20 years old, and I’m from Enfield in North London. I’m currently a third year Psychology Student at the University of Bedfordshire and I’m going to be on the Step into the Gap programme as part of my university course, as this year I am doing a year in a placement.

My placement is going to be at Castlerigg Manor, in the heart of Lake District. What I am looking forward to is encouraging children to experience faith and hopefully help them grow in relationship with God, as well raise awareness about global injustices and how we can tackle these issues. I will be also looking forward to learning from other people from all around the world and see how I grow and change. In my parish, I have been inspired by those who have visited to share about the work CAFOD supports overseas and this has inspired me to put my faith into action which I hope this year will encourage me to continue after Step into the Gap.

I am a psychology student which means I am a people’s person. I love working with people and learning about their experiences. This year, I look forward to being a positive influence in the lives of the young people I will meet. And I hope this influence will encourage them to make a difference in the lives of the people around them locally and globally. I’m looking forward to seeing the work CAFOD supports and the partners we work with. I’m really excited for this opportunity as we will get to learn about a new culture and engage with the local people.

Step into the Gap, CAFOD’s gap year programme, is an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners and the communities we work with.  

Applications are now closed for September 2018. To register your interest for September 2019, please email jcorcoran@cafod.org.uk