The Parish of the Good Samaritan

 

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Pentecost Sunday – 5th June 2022

 

Lenten Fundraising – The Good Samaritan CAFOD group have now totted up the entire parish CAFOD fundraising for the Lenten period and the final total is an amazing £4,049.34! Thank you so much for your amazing generosity throughout Lent, which has been displayed through your donations, walking, volunteering at events and prayers. This total does not include money donated directly to CAFOD online, so many thanks to those who have used this route.

The money raised has been split equally between the Fast Day Appeal, tackling hunger in Africa and around the world and the Ukraine Emergency Appeal, aiding refugees and those in dire need in Ukraine itself. Needs remain great in Ukraine, Afghanistan and in the Horn of Africa region (Northern Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia), where a rapidly worsening food crisis is developing, so if you are able, please leave your donations in the baskets at the back of our churches in any plain envelope marked CAFOD. Alternatively, donations can be made online: https://cafod.org.uk/Give (Using this link you can choose to which appeal you donate.)

 

Families in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan are facing extreme food shortages and hunger. The conflict in Ukraine is causing rising prices and food shortages. Moreover, right now, in the Horn of Africa, these rising prices are making things worse for millions of people who were already facing drought and famine conditions.

Brkti Haftu, from Ethiopia, had to flee her home and business with her two young children, and is now living in a temporary camp.

CAFOD have already committed £500,000 of its supporters generous donations to this food crisis and their local experts are getting emergency food and clean water to hundreds of thousands of people. However, the crisis is deepening week by week and CAFOD hopes to support even more people in this region of Africa that is experiencing conflict, climate change and now the problem of rapidly rising global food prices. To read more about the situation: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Horn-of-Africa-food-crisis 

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     CAFOD’s 60th Anniversary – This year marks 60 years since the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales established CAFOD as the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. CAFOD was born when a brave, compassionate team led by Jacquie Stuyt, and including Evelyn White, Nora Warmington and Elspeth Orchard, came together

with others from the National Board of Catholic Women, the Catholic Women's League and the Union of Catholic Mothers to organise the first Family Fast Day in 1960.

The Catholic women who organised the first Family Fast Day in 1960 with Sister Alicia who ran the mother-and-baby clinic in Dominica.

This first fast day and the one following proved so successful that the bishops set up CAFOD on the back of their success. CAFOD is holding events online and in-person to celebrate its anniversary. The principal one is a 60th Anniversary Mass at St George’s Cathedral in Southwark, London, you can tune in online by registering here: https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Online-talks 

 

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  CAFOD Campaigns – CAFOD has one major campaign during the summer:

‘Fix the Food System’ - The global food system is broken. It does not work for those who work the hardest – small farmers – and it is a major driver of the climate emergency. Millions going hungry, while large agri-businesses make huge profits.

Join CAFOD's new food campaign

Email the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, using a pre-written email, asking the UK government to implement its COP26 commitments and support agricultural systems that tackle the climate crisis and put local communities first. To get involved follow the link: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/102736/action/1 

 

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Third Sunday of Easter – 1st May 2022  

 

Happy Easter – The CAFOD group want to wish everyone a Happy Easter and blessed Eastertide. We hope you all were able to celebrate the Risen Lord with your families and enjoy the spring sunshine.

Lent Appeals – Thanks so much for your very generous support of CAFOD during Lent. The single CAFOD Soup Kitchen raised a terrific £204 and the parish ‘Walk Against Hunger’ at Towneley resulted in a brilliant £245 being raised. Many thanks to all those who took part, attended or contributed in any way. The final grand total for our parish Fast Day collections and Lenten fundraising will follow soon. The money raised has been split between the Fast Day Appeal fighting global hunger and the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Needs remain great in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen and around the world so donations can still be left in the baskets at the back of our churches in any plain envelope marked CAFOD. Alternatively, donations may be made online: https://cafod.org.uk/Give (Using this link you can choose to which appeal you donate.)

 

Ukraine Emergency Appeal – The situation in Ukraine is still dire and the need for help is great. According to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), over 5 million people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries (mainly to Poland, Hungary, Moldova and Romania), with thousands more having to leave their homes inside Ukraine. Many of those who have fled are women and children, having to leave behind their loved ones. CAFOD are part of one of the largest aid networks in the world – Caritas Internationalis, and because of its global reach and local presence, they are there when an emergency hits. CAFOD’s Ukrainian and neighbouring Caritas local aid workers and volunteers are part of the communities they work with and so understand people’s immediate needs. They are working round the clock to help the thousands in real need. To read the very latest update on Ukraine just follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Ukraine-crisis

People fleeing the war in Ukraine reach safety at a border crossing into Moldova.

 

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Together, we can stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and send our prayers to our sister organisation Caritas Ukraine, and those Caritas agencies in neighbouring countries, who are already helping people affected by this conflict.

To pray for Ukraine just follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/A-prayer-for-Ukraine

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CAFOD Campaigns – CAFOD has two main campaign asks at the moment:

1) ‘Cancel the Debt’ - Zambia is in the middle of a huge debt crisis. Yet BlackRock, a private asset management firm, one of the country’s biggest lenders, refused Zambia’s request to suspend debt repayments during the pandemic. Help Zambia by signing a petition urging BlackRock CEO, Larry Fink, to cancel their debt: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/103655/petition/1

2) ‘Fix the Food System’ - The global food system is broken. It does not work for those who work the hardest – small farmers – and it is a major driver of the climate emergency. Millions going hungry, while large agri-businesses make huge profits.

Join CAFOD's new food campaign

Email the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, using a pre-written email, asking the UK government to implement its COP26 commitments and support agricultural systems that tackle the climate crisis and put local communities first. To get involved follow the link: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/102736/action/1  

 

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – 27th March 2022

Lent Appeals – Thanks so much for your generous support of CAFOD’s work, so far as a parish we have raised £1,500 and this has been sent to CAFOD. The money raised has been split between the Fast Day Appeal fighting global hunger and the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Needs remain great, so donations can still be left in the baskets at the back of our churches in the CAFOD Fast Day envelopes or any plain envelope marked CAFOD. Alternatively, donations may be made online: https://cafod.org.uk/Lent https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Ukraine-Humanitarian-Appeal

Amie does everything she can to make sure there is enough good, healthy food on the table throughout the year.

To find out a little more about Amie and Lombeh, from Sierra Leone, who are featured in the Fast Day materials, just follow the link below: https://cafod.org.uk/News/International-news/Getting-food-on-the-table

 

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Ukraine Emergency Appeal

The situation in Ukraine is dire and the need for help is great. According to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), over 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries (mainly to Poland, Hungary, Moldova and Romania), with thousands more having to leave their homes inside Ukraine. Many of those who have fled are women and children, having to leave behind their loved ones. CAFOD are part of one of the largest aid networks in the world – Caritas Internationalis, and because of its global reach and local presence, they are there when an emergency hits. CAFOD’s Ukrainian and neighbouring Caritas local aid workers and volunteers are part of the communities they work with and so understand people’s immediate needs. They are working round the clock to help the thousands in real need. To read the very latest update on Ukraine just follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Ukraine-crisis

Caritas-Spes, a charity of the Religious Mission of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, provides meals for people waiting to cross the border into Poland.

Together, we can stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and send our prayers to our sister organisation Caritas Ukraine, and those Caritas agencies in neighbouring countries, who are already helping people affected by this conflict. To pray for Ukraine just follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/A-prayer-for-Ukraine

Email the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary – Our bishop, Rt Rev John Arnold, Chair of Trustees at CAFOD, along with more than 1000 faith leaders from across the UK, have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to reconsider the Nationality and Borders Bill. CAFOD is now asking us to back this up by urging the government to push for peace in Ukraine and safety for refugees. We can do this by sending a pre-written email to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary; it is very simple, just follow the link to get involved: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/100468/action/1

 

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Many thanks for your continued generosity in supporting the work of CAFOD around the world. Let us hope and pray for a peaceful and rapid end to the war in Ukraine.

CAFOD Fundraising Events for the Parish

The parish CAFOD group wish to invite everyone to two upcoming fundraising events:

The first is a ‘Walk Against Hunger’ - a short walk of approximately 2.5km around the grounds of Towneley Park. It will be held on Sunday 3rd April starting at 1.30pm from the bottom car park next to the Rotunda/children’s play area. Participants can make a voluntary donation or request a sponsorship form from Dominic via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The second event is a Lent Soup Lunch – to be held on Friday 8th April. Mass will be celebrated at 12 Noon at St John the Baptist’s Church followed by a soup lunch in the parish hall. Everyone is most welcome, so please attend these events if possible and help us raise funds to tell hunger to ‘jog on’ this Lent.

 

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3rd March 022 Lent Fast Day & Ukraine Emergency

 

 Family Fast Day - This Fast Day, Friday 11th March, we remember the many people who need our love and support all around the world, such as children experiencing malnutrition like Amie’s daughter Lombeh (pictured on the Fast Day envelopes and below) did in Sierra Leone or as we are seeing now in Ukraine, families affected by conflict. Your small act of love can make big things happen. Donations to CAFOD this Lent will reach families around the world, enabling local experts to provide support to families in times of need or conflict. You can donate in church using a CAFOD envelope or by visiting the CAFOD website:

https://cafod.org.uk/Lent

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Lombeh (front left) with her family

During Lent, the money raised within the parish will be shared between CAFOD’s Lent Appeal and the Ukraine Emergency Appeal.

Lombeh, pictured above, was one of the approximately 200 million children in the world who are malnourished. It was only through the love and determination of her mother, Amie, and with the loving support of Sister Anthonia, that Lombeh survived her first year of life. She is now a healthy and happy five year old who loves to dance and play. To learn more about Lombeh and how Sister Anthonia’s baby clinic helped save her life, you can watch a beautiful, short film by following this link:

https://youtu.be/znd6WLGVhpM


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Ukraine Emergency Appeal - CAFOD is deeply disturbed by the ongoing attacks on Ukraine. According to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), over 1 million people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries (mainly to Poland, Hungary, Moldova and Romania), with thousands more having to leave their homes inside Ukraine. Many of those who have fled are women and children, having to leave behind their loved ones.

CAFOD are part of one of the largest aid networks in the world – Caritas Internationalis, and because of our global reach and local presence, we are there when an emergency hits. As one Caritas, we stand united with them. Our Ukrainian and neighbouring Caritas local aid workers and volunteers are part of the communities they work with and so understand people’s immediate needs.

 

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 Caritas Poland helping Refugees on their border.

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 February 2022

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20th February 2022

Happy New Year – A rather belated happy New Year from the CAFOD group as we have not been able to publish a news update before now. We wish to express our thanks for your continued support over Christmas and into the start of this year.

Stand with Human Rights Defenders – CAFOD’s latest campaign is urging the UK government to introduce a new Business, Human Rights and Environment Act to hold business to account when it fails to prevent human rights abuses and environmental harm. If we are to tackle the climate crisis and global poverty around the world, we must address the destruction linked to UK companies. Please get involved by emailing your local MP. There is a pre-written email you can use, just follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Human-rights 

 

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Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

CAFOD has raised over £1 million for the crisis in Afghanistan. Many thanks for those who have donated to this appeal. The current situation is still dire, over half the country’s population – around 22.8 million people – are facing acute hunger this winter. If you are able, please consider donating to the appeal: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Afghanistan-update

The above link also contains the latest update from Afghanistan. Therese Wynn-Davies, a member of the Digital Fundraising team, speaks to Niamh Furey, Programme Officer for Afghanistan, about how CAFOD is helping those in most need.

 

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Show the Love – It is that time of the year again when we are asked to remember what we love most about the environment and nature around us. As part of the Climate Coalition, CAFOD is “showing the love” for our common home this February following on from our incredible campaigning at COP26. To find out how you can get involved just follow the link below: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/Show-the-love 

 

Show the Love for our common home this February 

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Christmas – The Nativity of the Lord – 25th December 2021

Emergency news update - At the year-end, there are still many in great need around the world and this is particularly the case in Afghanistan. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have fled their homes, compounding an existing crisis following periods of drought and decades of conflict. As winter approaches, millions of people face hunger and extreme poverty. The situation is so severe that the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have set up an Afghanistan Crisis Appeal, of which CAFOD is part. If you are able, please consider donating via CAFOD’s website:


https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Afghanistan-crisis

 

Also in the news recently was Typhoon Rai (known locally as Typhoon Odette), which made landfall in the Philippines on 16 December, causing widespread damage. Over 375 people are thought to have lost their lives. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes - many seeking refuge in churches or evacuation centres - and the typhoon’s strong winds and storm surges brought down trees, power lines and destroyed homes, schools and hospitals. To read more on this follow the link:


https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Typhoon-Rai

 

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Maasin, the capital of the province of Southern Leyte, was one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Rai (known locally as Typhoon Odette). Photo credit: Caritas Maasin.


Catch up on CAFOD news via online talks - Members of the CAFOD group have been tuning into online webinars hosted by CAFOD Head Office over the last few weeks. These have included a “Review of the Year” lead by Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD and a “Human Rights Day Event” during which human rights defenders from across South America gave live updates on their courageous work to protect our common home that is often done under the threat of violence or death. If you have a spare hour or two between Christmas and the New Year these recorded online talks are highly recommended viewing:


Review of the Year -
https://www.bigmarker.com/cafod/annual-report2021


Human Rights Day Event - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F2WcS-OFsA

 

The CAFOD group wish to thank you for your generous support throughout the year; be it through donating, campaigning or praying. It is only possible for CAFOD to leave “no one beyond reach” because of the funds you donate, which enable CAFOD’s partners to reach those in most need wherever they are in the world. It just leaves us to say have a blessed and joyful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

 

Christmas God of Joy

 

For further Christmas prayers, follow the link:


https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Christmas-prayer-collection