Got a glut? Share it!

Written by Stephen Garsed

Have you a glut of fruit or vegetables? Why not take your surplus to a church event, such as Sunday morning coffee and just give it away, inviting recipients to give thanks by making a donation to CAFOD.


This is what CAFOD supporters at Our Lady and St Edwards – a livesimply parish in Preston – have been doing. Tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, beans and apples make up just a small selection of what is on offer. The produce is placed on a table and parishioners are invited to take whichever produce they will use in return for a donation to CAFOD.

For us, the principle is as important as the fundraising. It is about celebrating and sharing the Lord’s abundance.

There is no fixed price; it is about the value of the food, and what people think it is worth.

In this world where everything seems to be about money, there is a beautiful symmetry in freely sharing, with the hungry overseas, the Lord’s generosity to us in Preston.
This is one way in which the parish embraces the principles of livesimply.

CAFOD’s local representative, Patrick Gardner, says: “This is a wonderful example of Our Lady and St Edward’s parish continuing to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with poor communities.

“I’m sure the actions of the parish community will inspire those around the Diocese of Lancaster and further afield.”

Find out more about the livesimply award

International Day of Families

15th of May is International Day of Families. We hear on the news about war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty which force millions of people from their homes. We hear statistics and data. However, these people are not numbers – they also have a story. One of the first lessons when you write a story in journalism is to try to bring the human element. To tell the story, people usually do not relate to others by seeing statistics, but by listening their stories.

Everyone has their own story with their family, we have funny, sad, happy stories. So, today we want to share with you one of million stories about a particular family. This is Khawle’s family – they traveled from their home in Syria, but not all of the family went with her. In fact, they had problems during their trip because her 11-year-old daughter was beaten so badly by armed men that she could not walk by herself for days.


Dario Mitidieri – ‘Lost Family Protraits’

When asked about this portrait of her family, Khawle says, “A photograph speaks of family happiness, everyone smiling together. This photograph is full of tears.”

‘Lost Family Portraits’ is a collaboration between CAFOD, the creative agency M&C Saatchi, and photographer Dario Mitidieri. Studio-style portraits were made of families whose lives were shattered as they fled the conflict, with empty chairs symbolising the loved ones they had to leave behind. Each photograph reveals the desperate choices families were forced to make to reach safety.

“A photograph speaks of family happiness, everyone smiling together. This photograph is full of tears.”

Small actions start the change. That is why with the campaign ‘Share the journey‘ is a way to relate to those who are traveling from one place to another due war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty. So, remember that you can take action and be part of the campaign by walking and put it in the totaliser.

Together, we can make the change and stand in solidarity with refugees, migrants and people on the move.

Written by Estefanía González



Easter Greetings from CAFOD Lancaster

A very Happy and Blessed Easter to all our volunteers and supporters. Thank you for all you do to support the work of CAFOD throughout the year.

Our vision remains, ‘a world transformed to reflect the Kingdom of God’. We so value your support in helping to bring this about.

An engraving on a Catholic Church in Zimbabwe.

An engraving on a Catholic Church in Zimbabwe.

From Cross to Resurrection

All-loving and ever-living God,

you gave your servant Archbishop Oscar Romero

the courage to witness to the Gospel of Christ,

even to the point of giving his life

in the pursuit of justice.

Help us to love you,

to seek you with all our hearts,

and to rejoice in the resurrection victory,

over all oppression, of your beloved Christ,

living and reigning in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever.


This prayer was reproduced with the kind permission of the Romero Trust

Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” John 20:1-9

Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” John 20:1-9