CAFOD Warrington Network – a first!

warrington-networkThe first Network of CAFOD volunteers in Liverpool and Shrewsbury Dioceses has been formed!  CAFOD Parish and Education Volunteers from most of its 13 parishes came together last night and committed to working in their parishes together to support, inspire and encourage one another to Give, Act and Pray with CAFOD and raise awareness of our work.

A small core group with Chairperson (Julie Johnson from Blessed John Henry Newman), Secretary (Margaret Ord from St Joseph’s), and Mary Glennon (St Monica’s) and Christine Sherif (St Lewis’, Croft) as Communication Officers, was formed.

The parishes represented last night were St Benedict’s and St Oswald’s, St Joseph’s, St Lewis’, St Monica’s, St Peter’s as well as Blessed John Henry Newman.  Having decided unanimously a while ago that they wanted to work across the town and its surrounding villages, 19 volunteers and supporters met with Ged Edwards from Liverpool and Bridget Fenwick from Shrewsbury Dioceses in the beautiful surroundings of at Blessed John Henry Newman Parish Centre and after careful discernment, agreed to form a self-sustaining Network.  Ged and Bridget will continue to advise the group and offer support as it requests too.

The CAFOD Warrington Network will next meet on Tuesday 25 April at 7.30pm at St Monica’s Appleton.  Wonderful!  Many thanks to you all for showing such commitment and leadership!


Keith Taylor from St Alban’s Parish in Macclesfield writes briefly about the very successful run on 27th December to raise money for our Syria appeal. img_8378

The sun shone on a record turnout for the sixth edition of the Cafod annual Fun Run at Bollington on Tuesday 27th December. Some 235 runners, joggers and strollers enjoyed crisp air and blue skies.

Read about the current situation in Syria.

The participants included Macclesfield MP Mr David Rutley and Bollington Town Mayor Cllr Alan img_8369Williams and of course Fr Paschal of St Alban’s Macclesfield now a Fun Run veteran on his third outing.

At the moment, with many sponsors still collecting from their backers, the total raised for Syrian and other people affected by the violence in so many countries in the Middle East, stands at £4000.

Post Script: A special thank you has to go to the marshals and stewards who worked both before and during the event to help to make it run as smoothly as it did. There are far too many to mention by name however Chris Pimblott, the overall organiser deserves an individual mention. Thank you Chris and here’s to the Fun Run in 2017!

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Some of the wonderful behind-the-scenes-people who helped to make the event run so smoothly.

Some of the wonderful behind-the-scenes-people who helped to make the event run so smoothly.

Advent nativity – CAFOD display

St Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Crewe are holding an Advent nativity display created by the groups in the parish. Here, Harish describes the CAFOD display.


Theme: One Family – One World

We are One World – a global family created in the image of Our Lord. Advent signals the happiness of the global family at the coming of the promised Saviour, born into the Holy Family, within our midst.

Our display shows the Nativity scene, with the Holy Family represented, in the three glass vases in the silver tray, by the pure white hyacinth blooms. Notice the younger bloom of the infant Jesus in the middle. The Star – depicted by  roses, red for love and white for respect, together symbolising unity – beams down upon the Glory of God in the form of a Holy Babe.

Marriage, fidelity, and true love are the core foundations of the family. A family begins with a couple willing to work together through the good and bad times. This is represented. by the Chrysanthemums in the bowl– symbolizing the connection between two people, and the azalea – the first love that blooms into a lasting union. The pink and yellow rose bloom, brings waves of happiness into the home whilst the carnations represents the family’s pride and comfort in their home.

The craspedia – the yellow and other coloured round spheres – in the globe represents all the peoples of our World, with the laurel twining, around it, a symbol of peace reaching out to all in our One World.

We are One Family – One World, We are CAFOD