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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All will be welcome at the Lancaster Diocese CAFOD Memorial Mass

Remembering past friends of CAFOD…

A4 Poster Memorial Masses 25 November 2018During 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 or by calling 01772 733 310, if you’d like to know more.

It would be wonderful to see you at such a special event.

The Mass is being held on:

Saturday 17 November at 6pm

St Patrick’s Catholic Church, St John’s Road, Morecambe, LA3 1EX.


Join our Family Fast Day briefings for Harvest

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I would like to invite you to one of our Harvest Family Fast Day briefings in September/October in preparation for Family Fast Day on Friday 5th October. We have four briefings around the diocese.

Friday 14th September at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Crown Street, Cockermouth, CA13 0EJ from 7pm to 8.30pm (refreshments from 6:45 pm). Guest speaker: Anne Fegan from CAFOD’s Head Office.

Monday 17th September at New Waterton Hall (at Our Eden parish), Warwick Square, Carlisle, CA1 1LB from 7pm to 8.30pm (refreshments from 6:45pm). Guest speaker: Mark Chamberlain from CAFOD’s Head Office.

Monday 17th September at St Joseph’s Catholic Church Woodlands Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Anne’s, FY8 4EP, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (refreshments 6:45 pm)

Wednesday 3rd October at St Joseph’s Parish House, St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Slyne Road, Skerton, Lancaster, LA1 2HU from 7pm to 8.00pm

At these meetings, we’ll be looking more deeply into CAFOD’s work overseas and sharing an update on our projects, showing how the generosity of the Catholic community is making a lasting difference in the world around us. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about our life transforming work and meet with other CAFOD supporters and volunteers.

Everyone is welcome. A huge thank you for supporting the work of CAFOD. So much is achieved through our Family Fast Days; so much transformation in the lives of our poorest brothers and sisters overseas.