Peru is home to 70% of the tropical glaciers in the world, however since the 1970s an estimated 40% of glacier coverage has melted in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Peru? High in the snow-capped Andes is the vibrant rural community of Cruz de Mayo. The community works together to protect their land. CAFOD's partner, CEAS, the Peruvian Church Social Action Commission, walks with the community, providing support, advice and training, as they work to care for their land, and protect and manage their water sources and protect the beautiful Lake Parón - an important water source for them.
18 December 2016
CAFOD Lancaster, St Walburge's Centre, St Walburge's Gardens, Preston, PR2 2QJ Tel: 01772 33310
Did you know.....
When she was a child, Cecelia's sister was killed as desperate
people fought over the dwindling resources. A CAFOD-supported project
repaired a vital borehole in Cecelia's village and provided tools and
training to community members so that they can maintain it. Now they have
their own source of clean water, there is no violence.
The Parish Cafod Group have
decided to donate £250 to the Emergency Appeal
and to buy the following World Gifts with the funds raised since March :
£254 - Water Testing Kit
£300 - Medical Outreach team
£108 - 2 x Greenhouses
£20 - 2x brilliant birds
£60 - 2 x Healthy mother and baby
£85 - 1 Toilet
£10 - 1 Football
£7 - 1 Mosquito Net
Many thanks to the parish for your continuing support.
The Passover Supper in Holy Week raised £268,
shared between CAFOD and Kalomo
Many thanks to all parishioners who have continued
to support Cafod and helped to raise £1002.37
|The Soup Lunch money has been
used to support the Altiplano Project, the Quiz money for a water project
and the remainder for a viariety of World Gifts
Fast day - Soup Lunch £131.72Live
7 Bountiful Bolivia gifts for the Altiplano project : £532
4 Water for a family ............................................£132
3 Healthy mum and baby........................................£90
CAFOD UPDATE - OCTOBER - Thank you to everyone who came to the Soup Lunch and donated so generously to our Parish Project of supporting people in Bolivia - £531.35. We shall inform you of how it will be used as soon as possible. Many thanks also to everyone for your generous Harvest Fast envelope donations - £1023.75 of which £559 was Gift Aided. This will be sent directly to CAFOD.
July 2016 World Gifts
The PARISH CAFOD GROUP would like to thank parishioners for recent generous donations of £80. Since February, £830 has been raised and we have decided to use this to buy
the following World Gifts :1 Community Water Supply =£750; 2 Drought Resistant Crops : 2x£12 = £24; 2 Vegetable gardens : 2x£10 = £20; 1 Goat that gives = £28
Meal for someone in Poverty =
FAMINE in ETHIOPIA.
Cafod reports that there are 10 million people in the affected area, and it’s not widely reported so far.
Cafod asks us to help take steps now, before many die. .
Information at: cafod.org.uk/Parish-fundraising/Ethiopia-parish-resources
June 2016 Recently a further £465 has been paid into the KALOMO account. Many thanks to everyone. Barbara Ryan
CAFOD REPORTS: April 2016 The Catholic people donated £4.3m in Lent. The government, as promised, matched the first £3.5m, so in total nearly £8m goes to helping people in need !
Kalomo & CAFOD : March 2016
The Passover Supper in Holy Week raised £100.50 each for these two, (total £201) both amounts being paid to Kalomo and CAFOD the following day. (UKaid will have helped to double these donations!)
Thank you to all the people who came, to all the helpers, those who cooked the food, those who helped to set the tables in the afternoon, and especially to those who, although not involved, still helped to put up tables, lift down crockery from the high cupboards, and ensure that we had flowers on the tables. (The flowers were later placed in church). Everyone present helped, contributing so much by their presence and their enthusiasm - especially in singing and/or providing additional accompaniment for the singing!
Looking forward to next year! Do remember to book early as numbers are limited, children are welcome and there are always many 'repeat' bookings! (If you've never been, do look at 'Passover' with its explanation (fully illustrated) of what it's about.
It is NOT a 'Jewish Passover'. Jesus was a practising Jew and it was at his last Passover that he instructed the Apostles to 'Do this in memory of me!' So the focus of the 'new' Passover was to be on the sacrificial lamb. That lamb was, from the next day - Good Friday - to be himself, the 'Lamb of God'!
“The Parish Cafod Group thank you once again for your generosity.
The Coffee Morning in December raised £230.
There have been many individual donations totalling £156.44 from you; added to the £332 raised at the Soup Lunch
and other donations of £92.55. This means that we have been able to buy many World Gifts.
Cafod Soup Lunch made £436.25 through donations, raffle & sale of Easter knits. THANK YOU so much for your generosity
Our CAFOD LENTEN FAST DAY ENVELOPES raised £1254.24, which will be matched pound for pound by the government.
A tremendous effort. (Also £663.40 of the amount was Gift Aided.)
Since October our parish has raised £808.99 through the Soup Lunch, Coffee Morning and donations. The following World Gifts have been bought:
4 school starter packs - 4 x £25 = £100
4 teach someone to read: 4 x £10 = £40
3 immunise a child 3 x ££14 = £42
5 healthy Mum and baby 5 x £30 = £150
3 Vegetable gardens 3 x £10 = £30
3 water for a family 3 x £33 = £99
2 Chirpy Chicks 2 x £20 = £40
2 Meal for someone in poverty 2 x £8 = £16
2 Pigs 2 x £65 = £130
1 Donkey 1 x £49 = £49
3 Pairs pigeons 3 x £9 = £27
2 Goats 2 x £28 = £56
1 Make a child smile 1 x £22 = £22
Our December coffee morning raised £230.10 – £20 of which was donated by someone who couldn’t come to the coffee morning.
There have also been quite a few donations recently – £50 – form a parishioner;
£20 from people who couldn’t come to the soup
lunch; £39 from the bar bottle in the Parish centre; £7 – chutney; £15 – Christmas goods and “no change” donations; £16.05 box at the back of
church; £6.48 from a Cafod box = £153.53
A NEW PRACTICAL PAGE - 'LIVING' - HAS BEEN ADDED to the Caring Section, covering Climate change and related problems and especially situations where we can help in our everyday lives, living more simply, dealing with waste properly, keeping the planet green for our grandchildren etc. It can be found here.
The CAFOD focus at present is a thankyou for help for refugees from many countries.
CAFOD: Harvest Fast Collection raised £1071.69 - many thanks.
October 2015 WATER COMPENSATION / CAFOD. Your water-compensation donations have come to £1780 - that provides 2 Community Water Supplies and 8 family-size Water Filters, via Cafod. Wonderful ! Thank you. Someone has asked: Can we still contribute? Yes, certainly.
The Parish Cafod Group have recently used fund-raised money for projects, on various ‘World Gifts’ including:-
a camel, community water supply, 4 donkeys, chicken coop, and water for a family.
Many thanks for your contributions that make this possible. You can find out more information about the gifts and what they represent at cafod.org.uk
The PARISH CAFOD GROUP have decided to use the £1150 raised since January (2015) to buy two World Gifts – a Camel that Carries (£400), and a Community water Supply (£750), both of which will help families in parts of the Developing World to have more healthy lives. Many thanks for our continuing support and generosity.
£319.40 was raised at the Coffee Morning - thank you to everyone who came - and a further £13.65 was from cake sales at breakfast. There have also been donations of £24 from the Parish Centre “Bar Bottle” and £8 from the church porch box : totalling £365.05. Thank you for your generous support.
For more information on CAFOD’s World Gifts range,
The CAFOD HARVEST
FAST collection came to an excellent £1033.20.
(plus over half of this amount was gift aided).
The SOUP LUNCH raised a further £372.20 for Cafod Projects.
EBOLA CRISIS “If people
wish to help the people at risk from ebola, donations can be channelled via
Cafod. Please put in an envelope and state ‘Cafod Ebola Crisis’. Make cheques
payable to ‘CAFOD’. Give to a Cafod member or post through presbytery letterbox.
The parish will forward them” Fr. Bob See Cafod Ebola Update
on noticeboard in porch.
Weekend 11-12 October The CAFOD HARVEST FAST collection last week came to an excellent £1033.20. (plus over half of this amount was gift aided). The SOUP LUNCH raised a further £372.20 for Parish Cafod Projects.
Cafod Harvest Fast Collection (Weekend 4/5 October)
Sunday 5 October The recent Cafod/ Gaza collection came to £205.94. This together with the £25 donation for Cafod/Iraq, has been forwarded to CAFOD. Thank you for your generosity.
Saturday 4 October Cafod Soup Lunch
Parish Cafod Group
Many thanks to all those who came to the
Afternoon Tea on Sat. June 14th - £221.50 was
raised through your very generous donations. We are getting information
about supporting a water project in the Philippines
and will let you know what is decided as soon as possible. Thanks again
for your continuing support. Cath Noblet
Easter 2014 The Cafod Group thanks you for the magnificent £379 at the Soup Lunch. Thanks also to Mrs Blundell and Mrs Gregson for the knitted Easter bunnies and chicks which raised £45 of the total. We'll soon let you know what we plan to undertake with the funds.
PARISH CAFOD PROJECTS UPDATE:
We are pleased to tell you that a
total of £1013.94 has been raised by the parish since last June:
| 1 chicken breeding farm
1 beekeeping starter kit,
4 queen bees
6 squirming worms
| 4 healthy mum and baby kits
2 community toilets
4 'immunise a child'
5 ‘a meal for someone in poverty’
12 school starter kits
|5 teach a child to read
4 health kits
1 set of tools for an apprentice.
TYPHOON HAIYAN APPEAL.
.... at the very least the typhoon raised the issue of climate change and our part in it. Prior to that, Pope Francis had asked: “Are we truly cultivating and caring for creation? Or are we exploiting and neglecting it? These are the questions that invite us into a restored relationship of harmony with Creation and one another.”
At the beginning of December A FURTHER £65 WAS DONATED to the Philippines Appeal.. Thank you.
PHILIPPINES. 15 December - Thank you. – we’ve sent £574, incl. your cheques. You can still donate, either using a Cafod donation envelope (see in porch) or your own envelope. Please put envelopes in collection basket or through parish house door.
November 2013 The SOUP LUNCH raised a wonderful £406.16 towards the parish CAFOD projects. Many thanks.
23/24th November Thank you for giving to the CAFOD- PHILIPPINES APPEAL last weekend £211.97 was raised. You can still donate, either using a Cafod donation envelope or your own envelope. (See in porch.) Please post envelopes in collection basket or through parish house door.
A National Appeal - families have been uprooted and are usually also bereaved; they will have lost their home & most of their possessions; many are injured or sick. With support from our bishops, CAFOD asks us to help. There are boxes in the porch for your donations. ((To Gift Aid, use one of the Cafod envelopes that are always in the porches and write name, address etc on it.or use aplain envelope and write name, address and “Cafod – refugees” on it.) There's a short CAFOD film which outlines the situation in Syria here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6qxgyTQ5nA
PARISH CAFOD Group – Many thanks to everyone who came to our Afternoon Tea which raised £346.75 (incl. donations) and a further £19.43 from cake sales at Sunday breakfast. £55.60 has also been donated through the Cafod box in church.
March the parish had raised £682.18 for Cafod:
1 vegetable garden
3 drought resistant crops
2 chirpy chicks
3 bikes for health workers
3 life-saving treatments for new mums and babies
3 to make a child smile
Saturday June 29th
OLSE Parish Centre : Parish Cafod Group AFTERNOON TEA
From Avenham Park - Sponsored walk with CAFOD
& Christian Aid
– 5 or 10 mile choice of scenic riverside route. For Mums, Dads, Grandparents, little ones, young people, walkers.... everyone welcome. Pushchair, wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly route available. Guide dogs welcome.
CAFOD: 01772 733310
March 27th 2013 :
CAFOD World Gifts Order.From
May 2012 to the beginning of 2013 the Parish has raised £859.56
for Cafod . The following World Gifts have been bought by our parish
and reflect our aim to support people in the Developing World in the areas of
health and food :
10 health kits, 5 “Chirpy Chickens”, 3 goats, 1 cow, 4 bicycles, 5 New Mum and baby kits, 1 Immunise-a-child gift,
1 plant-a-sapling gift. Our thanks to everyone for your continuing commitment to the work of Cafod.
Would you like to win £63 million?
That's how much one person could have won on 5 December 2012, if they had
found the right lottery ticket and could prove where they bought it! As it
wasn't found, that sum will go to charity! Which do you think is preferable?
For it to be won by a single person - or to be shared among many needy people?
It's nearly seven times as much as CAFOD raised over the whole country in the 3 spring months (see below) or over three times as much as CAFOD received when the Government matched that funding!
Why not subscribe to CAFOD's Lancaster
Blog, their illustrated newsletter, which is
The recent Advent edition has a poster which could be used for a church notice board
and the latest, for December 1st
has a story from the 'Living Simply Group' at St Joseph's Ansdell
who have received an award for their campaign.
Parish CAFOD Group
CAFOD World Gifts
Order: The following World Gifts have been bought by our parish
and reflect our aim to support people in the Developing World in the
areas of health and food :
*Between 17 Feb and 17 May Catholics donated £9.4 million to CAFOD of which £9.2 million was eligible for MATCHED FUNDING BY THE GOVERNMENT. So the total value of the Lent Appeal was £18.6 million for safe water, sanitation and hygience.
Fairtrade supporters were walking in the Guild Trades Procession on Saturday 1st September, and apart from showing the various products, will be showing the benefits of Fairtrade, including clean water.
CAFOD in Preston Guild
CAFOD was very much part of Preston’s historic Guild celebration. It was our privilege to be part of the churches’ procession on Monday 3rd September,, walking not only with our Catholic parishes, but also in solidarity with those overseas who struggle on a day to day basis. We continue to give, act and pray for a more just world and thank the Catholics of Preston for the strength of their support.
Did you know......the Sahel region extends through Niger, Mali, Senegal, Mauretania, Burkino Faso and Chad. Even in a 'normal' year, 40% of under-fives suffer chronic malnutrition. Last year the harvest was particuarly disastrous, and conflicts made it worse. Pope Benedict said earlier this year, 'I urge the international community to address seriously the extreme poverty of these people.' Cafod has pledged £300,000 to help, through local churches and with other Catholic agencies. Your generosity is making this possible. Thank you.
CAFOD has pledged £50,000 to support people forced from their homes by the conflict in Syria. One of our partners, Caritas Lebanon is providing food parcels, blankets, clothes and medical aid to Syrian refugee families who have crossed the border to find safety. "Thousands of refugees are flooding in," says Najla Chahda of the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Centre. "All of them are anxious about their unstable situation. Hope is keeping them alive." CAFOD is extremely concerned by the escalating conflict in Syra, and calls on all sides to act with great restraint.
Week beginning 19 August Money raised for CAFOD so far this month:
|box at the back of church||£26.97|
Total - added to CAFOD project funds -
CAFOD says 'If
you like running why not join our team in the Great North Run and join 50,000
people running from Newcastle to South Shields on 16 November 2012? Registration
fee £46 - minmum spnsorship fee £300.
Go to Cafod for an online form, hints and tips on training, (lots of support on the day), and be part of an amazing experience! (Much more online!)
The Parish CAFOD Group are delighted to be able to tell you that due to more very generous donations, £200, £50 and £20, we have been able to order the third community water supply kit. Again our thanks for your continuing support - we know that many more people in the developing world will have their lives greatly improved through your generosity. We shall be continuing our Cafod work and will let you know our plans soon.
Catholic + Friday = Penance
The Bishops of England and Wales have reminded us that a Catholic
should accompany Our Lord on a Friday by voluntary penance. It is an obligation
of our Faith. They have said that we should do without meat every Friday as
part of our shared common identity as Catholics.
(Of course, there are people who aren't obliged -
see the mauve papers hanging in the porch for fuller information. If you want a copy, please ask)
This notice is important in other respects too. Our increasing consumption of meat is distorting the provision of food for the whole world. Vast acres of vital rain forest and other land are needed for the raising of cattle. Unfortunately over-fishing of the world's oceans is also causing problems - as stocks become depleted the fish are unable to multiply!. There are other ways of carrying out these precepts rather than just substituting fish, especially those in short supply. We should be prepared to eat the less endangered fish or even substitute beans and pulses which are not only highly nutritious and require many fewer acres to produce them but are also much cheaper! In that way we could make Fridays not only 'penintential' but help CAFOD and other agencies feed the poor by giving them what we have saved! We are all born to 'change the world!'
July & August : 10 million people are facing a devastating drought in East Africa? We fear that half a million children may become separated from their families as drought grips the region. CAFOD is working urgently alongside our church partners on the front line of the crisis, running feeding stations for the most vulnerable. Please remember our brothers and sisters in the East and in the Horn of Africa at this time.
PRAYER FOR EAST AFRICA:
Lord God, Creator and Giver of all that is, we ask you to bring the peoples of Africa beneath your loving care;
Their children are hungry and their land is dry,
Lord God, bringer of hope, your love brings water to flow in the desert and light into the darkness of despair.
Show us how to be witnesses to your love and bearers of your light, alongside our sisters and brothers,
who face the urgent challenges and terrible fears of lasting drought.
EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL
You can donate through CAFOD. Cheques payable to CAFOD. Send to
Cafod Lancaster, East Africa Crisis Appeal, St Walburge's Centre, St Walburge's Gardens, PRESTON PR2 2QJ
Do you have any spare or left over old
coins or banknotes or holiday
All donations are gratefully received and proceeds go to CAFOD. See the poster on the notice board
Our parish CAFOD group thanks the donor who recently gave £750 toward's CAFOD's work
Please continue to support the work of CAFOD because it does make a difference.
4 July....This week we focus on how CAFOD is part of the wider global Caritas Internationalis family, forming one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world. This year the Caritas Internationalis celebrates its 60th anniversary.
focused on East Afrida where eight million people are facing food and water
shortages as a drought worsens. Poor rains in East Africa have led to failed
harvest, serious water and pasture shortages and the deaths of thousands of
animals. The east Africa region is stlll recovering from one of the worst droughts
in recent history. More than 20 million people faced life-threatening shortages
of food and water in 2009 following successive years of failed rains.
This is an ongoing crisis which becomes more severe every couple of years, says Fergus Conmee from our humanitarian team. "That's why we can't just deliver food and water. We need to find ways to reduce the impact of further droughts."
is part of Kenya Climate Change Working Group ( a group of National and International
NGO's ) and have given £20,000 to help raise the Kenyan public's awareness
of climate change and help Kenya to be the first African government to introduce
Climate Change legislation? Back-to-back droughts have worn away people's ability
to cope and are pushing people into chronic poverty. CAFOD
is working hard with partners to develop coping strategies in difficult circumstances.
Please continue to support the work of CAFOD because it does make a difference.
April......The CAFOD group would like to thank everyone who supported the Fairtrade Stall last weekend (the first in April). We sold £59 worth of Fair Trade goods. Thanks also to those who bought the Easter bunnies and chicks - a fantastic £87.75 was raised for our next CAFOD project! Many thanks also to the very generous lady who knitted and donated them. Finally, thanks also to those who have donated a further £75.30 towards our next Parish CAFOD project.
March.......CAFOD is responding to the Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia refugee crisis. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing from violence in Cote d'Ivoire. Hundreds of people have been killed and at least 75,000 have fled into neighbouring Liberia. Many are exhausted after walking hours or even days with very little food. Liberia is already one of the poorest countries in the world. They have pledged £100,000 to provide food and other essentials and to build latrines that will prevent the spread of disease. CAFOD's fundamental response is compassion rooted in love.
24 March Anniversary of the Assassination
of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador
'The Church would betray its own love for God and its fidelity to the Gospel if it stopped being a defender of the rights of the poor,' he said in 1978. He knew that there would be no development without peace but just as importantly, there would be no peace without justice. CAFOD has worked in El Salvador since the early 1970's and continues to stand in solidarity with the poor and oppressed..
Many thanks to those who supported Fairtrade by buying from the stall last week. We sold £134.30 worth of Fairtrade goods, showing the parish's continuing commitment to helping people in the Developing World.
Our Catholic faith underpins our work, and prayer is an integral part of what we do and who we are. To be able to pray and reflect together will hopefully inspire us to continue our work in the knowledge that the Holy Spirit never fails. We hope to enjoy each other's company with a shared lunch following each meeting and ask participants to bring a little food to share.
*CAFOD-OLSE are very pleased to tell you that with the money raised since last July we have recently purchased from Word Gifts the foll.:-
4 bikes @£50
Chickens, from What Your Money can Buy
6 Water Filters (Nigeria), from Side by Side
200x daily glass of Soya milk & a soya biscuit for pregnant women (El Salvador)
|Sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this very worthwhile
FAIRTRADE GOODS will be on sale next weekend. Please continue to support our stall.
Report of the CAFOD
meeting on 12 January:
A session with Year 6 young people to help them prepare for Confirmation has been planned at the request of Fr Kevin and this will be held on Wednesday 2 February in the parish centre from 6.30-8,00 pm. The aim of the evening is to show the action of the Holy Spirit through the work of CAFOD. 10 Catechists have volunteered to help with this and there will be a meeting for them to prepare for the session on Wednesday 26 January at 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre.
The pupils are also to take part in a day of preparation at Tabor on 21st January, beginning with Mass in our Church at 9.00 am. The young people will then walk to Tabor for 10 am. Those attending should bring a packed lunch.
Confirmation Preparation will continue at the 6.00 pm Saturday evening or 10.30 am Sunday morning Mass on the weekends of 16th, 23rd and 30th January and the 6th February. Those involved are invited to walk with or sit with the young people at all these events.
The Confirmation will take place on Thursday 10 February at 7.00 pm.
In answer to a question about the bicycles donated to CAFOD,
they were specifically for Nigeria.
£518 (less £75 now passed on to central funds) has been donated to CAFOD for the next OLSE project,
Ideas for new projects include filters (using charcoal) for roof-top drainage to provide safe water in Nigeria
Christmas cards proved very popular and sales raised about £230.
From OLSE Cafod Group – .Our thanks to everyone who supported the Fairtrade stall and Christmas card sales in November and December. In November sales totalled £170.07 and in December £114.35; it is very encouraging to us that so many of our parishioners are committed to FAIRTRADE and CAFOD. The next Fairtrade stall will be in February.
Since we began the stall last September we have sold over £800 worth of Fairtrade goods
CAFOD six months on from the Pakistan floods, has delivered vital help to more than 120,000 people? Kunja and Sufon lost almost everything in the floods that struck the village. They fled with their nine children, clutching as many possessions as they could carry, their home reduced to a pile of mud. CAFOD partners have helped villagers to construct new shelters which are now being adapted into permanent houses. Thanks to your amazing generosity we were able to support thousands of families to begin the laborious process of rebuilding their lives.
CAFOD is stepping up efforts to fight the cholera outbreak in Haiti? Poor sanitary conditions and flooding as a result of Hurricane Tomas are putting more and more people at risk. The disease has killed more than 1,250 people. 20,000 have been referred to hospital and an estimated 52,000 Haitians are now said to be symptomatic. CAFOD is bolstering the work of Caritas partners in the fight against the most severe outbreak of cholera in Haiti’s history
CAFOD works in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, with an estimated 4.3 million people living in poverty? Despite having an abundance of land and natural resources, Nicaragua is unable to produce enough food to feed its population. We fund drip irrigation systems so farmers can feed their crops exactly the right amounts of water. This reduces soil erosion and vulnerability to heavy rainfall. We walk alongside poor and disadvantaged communitie3s, making their cause our cause, uniting in action and prayer.
In 2005,SUDAN embraced peace and agreed
the people of the south must decide their own future. In January 2011,
southern Sudanese will vote whether or not to become a separate nation.
It’s a moment of hope and fear. The current fragile peace is at
risk and violence could break out again. We pray for a peaceful outcome.
CAFOD urges the UK government to play its part.
Join your voice to ours and stand in solidarity with the people of Sudan
CAFOD FAST DAY COLLECTION
Thank you to everyone who gave to CAFOD’s Harvest Day collection, and/or signed up to a regular gift. Our parish raised an impressive £515.37 which will help communities who are suffering from the effects of warfare, natural disasters and poverty.
Many thanks to all who came to our Soup Lunch on 2nd October and so generously donated £234.91. The group really appreciates this support. Together with other donations received since July we now have over £400 towards the next project. The CAFOD Group also thanks the anonymous donor who, after reading about our first project, gave £50 for another bike for a Community Health Worker.
The BOTTLE ON THE BAR in the Parish Centre which was for CAFOD was emptied recently. £40 has been sent to CAFOD and a letter of thanks is on the Centre notice board.
The CAFOD Preston meeting at St Ignatius on the evening of Wednesday 15 September was to give updates on their work internationally and locally. We were able to provide two bicycles for a Primary Health Care unit in Nigeria out of the fundraising in our parish, after which a parishioner donated (anonymously) enough to buy a third bicycle. These will of course benefit many more people than just those riding them! The following evening the Parish CAFOD Group, now over 12 strong, met to arrange the Soup Lunch for the Harvest Fast Day of 2nd October and to hear about other initiatives and proposals. Fr Kevin was keen to point out that it would be a good idea if some at least, in not all, of the candidates on the list for Confirmation early next year could be inspired to get involved in some way, caring for others being an essential part of being a confirmed Christian. Dates for the next meetings were set, one to decide on the next parish project, and a quite separate one to follow up the idea of a Junior CAFOD, dates etc as listed in the notices.
Saturday 4 September: CAFOD
DAY with report from Mike O'Callaghan
Everyone was invited to a CAFOD day in September in Preston at Tabor for the afternoon of Saturday 4th September, starting with a soup lunch. Sarah Smith-Pearse from our Latin America Team was our keynote speaker: she's visited Ethiopia and El Salvador recently and was out in Brazil and Columbia over the summer - so she had up to the minute stories of CAFOD's work over there. Then there were workshops, one run by James Tyrrell - from CAFOD Liverpool, this one specifically for young leaders.! He comes from a youth work background, now working for CAFOD. Lucy Hurn is from CAFOD's Campaigns Team - she was covering the current 'Act On Poverty' campaign - this might be something the IMPACT group can take forward in the autumn..."
Mike says : The key note talk was given by Sarah Smith–Pearse
on CAFOD’s work in Latin America. Under the headings below she gave examples
of work she is involved in:
Fighting for Climate Justice-e.g. helping Bolivian people lobby climate conference in Copenhagen.
Connect – link parishes from the North and South.
Disasters preparedness-e.g. build a bridge which would allow escape from an area which could be flooded.
Campaigning for the homeless e.g. conversion of a disused building into flats.
Sarah gave four reflections on CAFOD’s
Mike attended two of the workshops: firstly with Young
CAFOD, using icebreakers, games, and activities to convey messages on
global justice. Great fun but with some very hard hitting messages. Rosa has
all materials which can be borrowed and could perhaps be used in confirmation
The second was on the connection of climates globally. 'In the UK we have a large number of new MPs who need to know that their action on climate change is urgent and important for the electorate.' The workshop made it clear that there are three practical things OLSE CAFOD group can get involved in:
_______A. An individual from the group becoming an MP Correspondent- write to /visit/our MP. Starter pack available.
_______B. The Big Climate connection. A lobby of our MP on the 5th /6th Nov. Working with other interested groups. There is a Lobby pack available.
There are basically three issues: International: UN climate talks in Cancun
National: The energy bill
Local: a climate change issue relevant to us and our MP.
_______C Act on Poverty – send 10,000 messages by 10/10/2010. He has the campaign action pack available, with pre printed cards distributed and collected at Church. This is something in which the youth - the Impact Group in particular, could be involved.
Mike's verdict : ' A MOST STIMULATING AND INERESTING DAY.'
Bookstall in the porch - a great way to support and help highlight the work of CAFOD
Following the humanitarian disaster in Pakistan CAFOD has pledged £750,000 to our partners, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands), and Caritas Pakistan. CAFOD immediately sent £100,000 to CRS who have already reached 23,000 people, providing them with emergency kits including plastic sheeting, blankets and cooking utensils and hygiene kits including water purification tablets, soap, sanitary cloths and towels. Our partners are also distributing food and clean drinking water. Thank you for remembering our sisters and brothers in need in Pakistan and your continued support in prayer.
Supporters can donate online to ‘The Pakistan Floods Appeal’ at www.cafod.org.uk or alternatively make cheques payable to ‘CAFOD Pakistan Floods Appeal’ and send it to the local CAFOD office at: CAFOD Lancaster, St Walburge’s Centre, St Walburge’s Gardens, Preston PR2 2QJ. Tel: 01772 733310
Anna Moir has run for CAFOD. She would like to thank all those who have generously supported her in the marathon which raised £2,814 for CAFOD When the 'Gift Aid' is added this will increase to £3200. 'Thank you once again for all that Our Lady and St Edward's parish does for CAFOD.' Rose Trelfa(CAFOD - Lancaster Diocesan Manager)
The Haiti Earthquake Appeal raised £2257.52 for CAFOD (including £500 which the Parish Pastoral Council agreed to send from parish funds. Thanks for this wonderful response. Let us continue to keep the people of Haiti in our prayers.
26 January Meeting
This considered the 50th Anniversary of the FAMILY FAST DAY which takes place in Lent. We also heard from a young volunteer on the 'Step into the Gap' programme recently who returned from a 5 week placement in Nigeria
The parish is exploring ways of being involved with CAFOD and its projects, like those listed here:
______ support for the diocese of Moroto in Uganda to facilitate peace building and reconciliation? Conflict in the region, manifested itself through cattle rustling and fighting over water and pasture. Last year the number of small arms surrendered increased significantly and joint agricultural activities between two ethnic groups has reduced levels of conflict. CAFOD's vision is a world transformed to reflect the Kingdom of God; a world where the structures that shape people's lives are just and enable pea
______to help transform the world to reflect the Kingdom of God; a world where the structures that shape people's lives are just and enable peace.