Bishop John Arnold to talk of his CAFOD Bangladesh Visit

Bishop John Arnold will be sharing his first-hand experiences of the work of CAFOD’s partners in Bangladesh, who are helping the huge numbers of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar (Burma). The talk will be held this Saturday 24th March at 2pm in St John the Baptist’s Parish Hall, Burnley, BB10 1TB. Bishop John’s previous talks about his CAFOD visits to Central America and Africa have been highly informative and allowed supporters in the Diocese of Salford to hear how their fundraising is helping those in most need around the world.

Bishop John Arnold at SJB's Bly Mar 18

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Bishop John Arnold at SJB’s Bly Mar 18

House Stations – Walking the Way of the Cross

We hope you enjoy this little piece of inspiration from Linda Swarbrick, Brownedge St Mary’s, this Lent… The House Stations of the Cross is in its 14th year, and is still flourishing in the parish!


“During Lent we have House Stations of the Cross, the idea being that a group of parishioners who live near each other gather in one of the houses in the group and pray the Stations of the Cross together.

Participating homes are grouped in fives within walking distance of each other and the Stations are said in a different home in the group each week. We have groups spread throughout the Parish including local nursing homes and sheltered accommodation.

The days and times vary and this enables people who for one reason or another are unable to get to the Stations in church.  Some groups have a cup of tea and a chat afterwards.

It is amazing how many variations of the Stations there are, each group decides which they would like to follow.  We started this in 2004  and each year since then many people have walked the Way of the Cross each week.

It takes a little organising at first but it’s well worth the effort!”

“When two or three are gathered in my name, I am with you”

Find out more about CAFOD’s Stations of the Cross resources

Folk night in Blackburn!

Written by CAFOD volunteer, Estefania Gonzales

Sometimes in CAFOD Salford’s office we are so amazed by the creativity of the people to raise funds for CAFOD. And, we are really grateful for that.

moorland folk

Members of the Blackburn community organised an incredible local folk night with a local folk band, The Moorland Folk, to raise money for CAFOD the 23rd February at Pleasington Priory and St Paul’s Church.

This 23rd of February was Family Fast Day, CAFOD has been working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe.

CAFOD’s goal is to provide the families with seeds, fencing and farming training so that everyone has enough to eat.

To see examples of creativity as Blackburn community really moves us and we hope to inspire other communities through this.

Martin Child, one of the organisers, talked about the folk night saying that: “We’ve had the Moorland Folk before and we’ve always had a brilliant night with great music.  We’re hoping to raise a lot of money for CAFOD, as we’ve been focusing on the refugee crisis within our parish.”

Dave Higginson, of Moorland Folk band, added: “We’ve played for CAFOD events several times. We wish CAFOD every success with its vital work worldwide, and are happy that we can enjoy a fun musical evening with all the local supporters.”

So, this is also a thank you to everyone who has been involved during this Lent Fast Day, either by praying for the families in Zimbabwe or donating money to CAFOD.

You can still donate to our Family Fast Day Appeal and it will be matched by the UK Government. This means that your donations will be doubled, up to a total of £5 million, making double the difference.