CAFOD Volunteers Thanksgiving Mass

CAFOD volunteers with Fr Paul Fletcher S.J. and CAFOD Lancaster representative, Patrick Gardner

CAFOD volunteers with Fr Paul Fletcher S.J. and CAFOD Lancaster representative, Patrick Gardner at St Wilfrid’s, Preston

Last week, 16 of our volunteers came together and we had the opportunity to celebrate and cherish their support for CAFOD in a Thanksgiving Mass at St Wilfrid’s in Preston. The day was full with emotions, especially with gratitude for all our volunteers who generously give their time and talents to support CAFOD.

We came together as a community, sharing our different volunteer roles and experiences – Parish volunteers, School volunteers, Campaign volunteers, Area Coordinators, Office volunteers and Step into the Gap volunteers. We had the privilege to have Father Paul Fletcher S.J. as celebrant for our Thanksgiving Mass. Fr Paul’s signing of the Mass was beautiful. The liturgy was a wonderful experience. Reflective prayers remembered CAFOD’s work with our sisters and brothers in the poorest communities overseas and celebrated our CAFOD volunteers not only in Lancaster Diocese, but also our volunteers, nationally and overseas.

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Fr Paul with Aleks, CAFOD gapper

We were delighted to be joined by our CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer, Aleks, who earlier this year visited CAFOD projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Over lunchtime, Aleks shared with us her experience as a CAFOD ‘gapper’, this year, and of her time overseas with CAFOD. It was wonderful to hear from Aleks about the life-transforming work of CAFOD’s projects overseas. We wish Aleks all the best for the future as this fantastic gap year with CAFOD comes to an end later this month.

However, the day would have not been complete without sharing a delicious lunch together. The day has been a blessing and we celebrate the amazing work that our volunteers do. We really couldn’t do the work we do without them – they are priceless!

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CAFOD volunteers enjoying lunch in the Parish Hall after the Thanksgiving Mass

From CAFOD in Lancaster we want to say again ‘THANK YOU’ to our wonderful volunteers!

‘So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.’ Galatians 6:9

Have a blessed day!

Mass of Thanksgiving for CAFOD Volunteers

On Saturday 7th July at 12.15pm, we will be holding a Mass of Thanksgiving for CAFOD Volunteers in Lancaster Diocese.

This will take place at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church in Preston City Centre, joining together with the parish community for the lunch-time Mass.

St Wilfrid's Catholic Church

St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church

After Mass, we will gather in the Parish Hall and enjoy a light lunch together. It will be an ideal chance to give thanks for our wonderful volunteers and to celebrate and recognise all the great work of all our CAFOD volunteers both at the local and at the national level.

Do join us to celebrate the marvellous contribution of our volunteers to our work in the diocese and around the world.

We look forward very much to seeing you at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Chapel St, Preston PR1 8BU.

Thank you for supporting CAFOD’s life-transforming work overseas with our poorest sisters and brothers.



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