CAFOD’s Director of Operations visits the Fylde

CAFOD Lancaster volunteer Hayley Benyon, Area Coordinator for Kirkham Deanery, reflects after a Lent Family Fast Day meeting for CAFOD volunteers, held in her parish, Holy Family in Freckleton, earlier this month……....

Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD Director of Operations, speaking with CAFOD volunteers at Holy Family Parish Hall in Freckleton

Our wonderful CAFOD parish volunteers were delighted to welcome Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, to the Kirkham Deanery. We heard about CAFOD’s new ambition, no one beyond reach, and how we can help communciate this in our parishes.

It is CAFOD’s commitment and belief that not one more of our sisters and brothers should be beyond the reach of the love and care they need. Through our global Church network, Caritas Internationalis, CAFOD is able to reach the most vulnerable communities in the most difficult locations. 

20190204_193859aBut sadly, we are currently unable to meet approximately 1 in 3 documented requests for support, received from some of the poorest people and communities, because there is simply not enough money to go around. Because of our global Catholic network and local presence, we have the potential to reach everyone.

Geoff also shared with us a wider-view input of development, using his CAFOD experience from various countries overseas to illustrate the work and the principles behind why we do what we do. He stressed how our faith and prayer play a critical role in CAFOD’s way of working, and the importance of the relationship between our communities here and communities abroad in delivering our mission.

Poster - Holy Family Warton.jpgOver 30 CAFOD volunteers and supporters listened intently and asked questions; leaving inspired to support CAFOD’s Lent Family Fast Day Appeal on Friday 15 March. Those present provided some wonderful idea’s for how we can inspire more parishioners to: understand CAFOD’s essential work, to connect and act with CAFOD, and how we can all put our faith into action in many different ways.  It was especially nice that our youngest supporter present was just 10 and our oldest over 80 years old.

CAFOD’s website is full of information about how our Catholic parishioners’ generosity in England & Wales have transformed lives around our world.

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Christmas Greetings from CAFOD Lancaster

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“For unto us a child is born, 

to us a son is given

And the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called 

Wonderful counsellor, mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6)

Thank you for all your support for CAFOD this year. We hope you have a blessed and joyful Christmas.

As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, it is wonderful that together we will continue to show God’s love to those who, like the child Jesus, are born in conditions of poverty, face the threat of persecution and are forced to flee their homeland.

We pray that God blesses you and your family at this special time and that your 2019 is filled with grace and hope. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year at one of our Lent briefings.   

With very best wishes,

Patrick & Emma

Patrick Gardner & Emma Nolan

Community Participation Coordinators – CAFOD Lancaster

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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