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.

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.

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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.