The Parish of the Good Samaritan

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 19.12.2020.

News Update 

Firstly, the parish CAFOD group want to thank everyone for their continued generosity during recent months. We also want to thank everyone for their generosity throughout this year when parishioners and our schools have remembered those in most need around the world despite the most challenging times experienced in our own country. With this in mind, the CAFOD group will have a Mass offered in thanksgiving and for all our supporters’ intentions.

The need continues to be great around the world and recently CAFOD published an update of the dire situation in Yemen. Yemen is one of the world’s poorest countries and its current, long-running civil war has led to massive food shortages and hundreds of thousands of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. To read the very latest from Yemen click on the link below:

Yemen crisis explained | CAFOD

Yemen, already one of the world’s poorest countries, is being pushed to the brink.

 

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In light of this need the parish JustGiving page will remain open, so if you are able to make a donation then please follow the link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/good-samaritan-burnley

You can also continue to make donations direct to CAFOD online:

Give | CAFOD

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Christmas is almost upon us, so if you’re still struggling to find the perfect, unique, ethical gift for someone special in your life, then it’s not too late to find one from CAFOD’s World Gifts. World Gifts are the gifts that keep on giving and spread joy and hope around the world.

Perfect for any occasion and anytime of the year, gifts start from as little as £4 and CAFOD have something for everyone, with gifts for gardeners, animal lovers, teachers, entrepreneurs - the list goes on! CAFOD's World Gifts make a real difference to families living in poverty across the world. For each gift you buy this Christmas, you will receive a beautiful gift card to pass on to your loved one. To see the full range and for more details, just follow the link below:

World Gifts: unusual charity gifts | CAFOD

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CAFOD continues to hold online virtual events to keep its supporters up to date with its aid and campaigning work as well as opportunities to gather for prayer and reflection. If you wish register for these online talks or watch recordings of previous ones then follow the link below:

Online talks and presentations | CAFOD

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CAFOD’s campaigning focus will continue to be the climate emergency and on that front, this weekend provided some great news! Boris Johnson announced that the UK would stop funding overseas fossil fuel projects. CAFOD wishes to thank everyone who signed the online petition asking the Prime Minister to cut funding to such projects. We await the finer details of the plans, but CAFOD will continue to campaign on the climate front to ensure those who have done least to cause the climate crisis are protected from its worst effects. The UK is hosting the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021 and CAFOD will be gearing up for that in the New Year. To read the good news regarding the government’s plans on fossil fuel funding click on the link below:

UK government announces end to support for fossil fuels overseas | CAFOD

 

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Prayer Resources - If you need any further spiritual nourishment during the final days of Advent and over the Season of Christmas, CAFOD have a rich collection of prayer resources. To see these just click on the link below:

Prayer resources | CAFOD

 

Finally, the Good Samaritan CAFOD Group wish all in our parish community a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.

 

 

A Warm Invitation - 3 December, 7pm

Advent Carol Service by Zoom

CAFOD Celebrity Ambassador Julie Etchingham (ITV News at 10) and
CAFOD celebrity supporter Adrian Chiles (BBC Radio 5 Live) will be with us, along with Bishop Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham and CAFOD Trustee who will lead us in prayer and reflection. Christine Allen, CAFOD’s Director and Mary Lucas CAFOD Country Representative for the Middle East will both share their insights into CAFOD’s work, and the music will be provided by tHe Schola, baritone Christopher Faulkner, the novices of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Zambia and electronic pop group Ooberfuse.

Register at link below to join us.

CAFOD HQ Advent service 

 

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22.11.20

 Firstly, the parish CAFOD group want to thank everyone for their continued generosity during CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day and beyond, whether you donated through offerings given to Anne Marie Coppock or made direct to CAFOD online. However, CAFOD continues to provide urgent aid to the neediest communities in Africa, Asia and South America. These communities are facing not only the Covid-19 crisis, but also the effects of extreme weather events. There has been a severe hurricane season in Central America, which has caused severe flooding and storm damage in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua and a very intense typhoon season in South East Asia, with the Philippines and Vietnam being battered by two typhoons in quick succession. For the latest news from the Philippines, see the link below:

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

 

Flooding caused by Typhoon Vamco in the Philippines

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In light of this need the parish JustGiving page will remain open, so if you are able to make a donation then please follow the link: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/good-samaritan-burnley

You can also continue to make donations direct to CAFOD online:

https://cafod.org.uk/Give

 

Some people in the parish raise money for CAFOD by keeping a small CAFOD cardboard collection box in their homes, in which they place any small change. If you would like one of these boxes for during Advent or at any other time then please get in touch with Anne Marie Coppock on 721701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Talking of Advent and the subsequent celebration of Christmas, CAFOD has recently launched its new look World Gifts catalogue. World Gifts are the gifts that keep on giving and spread joy and hope around the world.

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Perfect for any occasion, gifts start from as little as £4 and CAFOD have something for everyone, with gifts for gardeners, animal lovers, teachers, entrepreneurs - the list goes on! CAFOD's World Gifts make a real difference to families living in poverty across the world. For each gift you buy this Christmas, you will receive a beautiful gift card to pass on to your loved one. To see the full range and for more details, just follow the link below:

https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/World-Gifts 

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The CAFOD group also wish to thank and acknowledge the fantastic fundraising achievements of the children, parents and staff of Christ the King Primary and St John the Baptist’s Primary. Both schools raised money for CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day; at Christ the King, children and staff baked some delicious ginger cakes and raised £165.50; whilst at St John’s a non-uniform day amassed £100, the proceeds of which were split between CAFOD and the School Fund. They all deserve a huge round of applause for their fabulous fundraising and generosity. The money raised will be helping the neediest people and communities rebuild their lives after the effects of the pandemic or recover from the terrible recent storms that have battered Central America and the Philippines.

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CAFOD continues to hold online virtual events to keep its supporters up to date with its aid and campaigning work as well as opportunities to gather for prayer and reflection. If you wish register for these online talks or watch recordings of previous ones then follow the link below:

https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Online-talks

 An opportunity to come together in prayer and reflection with fellow CAFOD supporters and climate campaigners takes this weekend – ‘Pray Without Ceasing Prayer Service for Climate Justice’ is being held on Sunday 22 November, 2pm-3pm.

Join CAFOD for a short service of prayer, reflection and action on climate justice with friends from around the world. This weekend world leaders should have been gathering in Glasgow for COP26, the crucial UN climate conference that has now been postponed until November 2021. To mark this original date, and to reflect on our role in pushing for more ambitious climate action in the coming year, CAFOD and partners will gather online from all over the world for a short service of prayer and reflection. To join them please follow the link to register: 

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prayer-service-for-climate-justice-tickets-126525259457

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CAFOD’s campaign action continues to be centred on the climate crisis. Therefore, the focus of the current online campaign petition is the UK Government’s continued funding of overseas fossil fuel projects. As you are fully aware, we are living in a climate emergency. Climate change is already pushing poor and marginalised communities further into poverty. We need to act now to renew God’s precious gift of creation and ensure that everyone can flourish. We must ensure that world leaders take urgent action to limit the rise of global temperatures. That is why CAFOD are calling on our government to put an end to UK support for fossil fuels overseas and to shift support to renewable energy instead. Please join CAFOD to demand that the Prime Minister shows true global leadership by ending all UK support for fossil fuels overseas. This is particularly important as the UK is hosting the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021 and we should therefore lead by example. To sign the petition, follow the link below:

 https://e-activist.com/page/53571/petition/1

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Messages to the brave - Another way in which you can help support CAFOD’s work with its partners is by sending messages of support to those brave individuals and groups who stand up for the rights of our sisters and brothers and help protect our environment. Every day, human rights defenders and environmental activists across the world are risking everything to defend our brothers and sisters and protect our common home.  CAFOD is asking us to not forget them this Christmas, we can do this by sending a Christmas card of solidarity to the brave. More than 300 human rights defenders were killed last year while fighting to protect their lands and nature, to halt the climate crisis or stand up for peace and human rights. Hundreds more were threatened or criminalised.  Please be aware the deadline for cards arriving at CAFOD Head Office is 7th December, just follow the link below for further details:

https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Latest-campaigns/Messages-to-the-brave 

 

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Advent assembly

CAFOD News for Schools and parents - CAFOD have been holding national online school assemblies for primary and secondary pupils since the summer and the latest Advent assemblies, ‘Light of the World’, will be premiered on their YouTube channel during December. The assemblies will be broadcast on Thursday 10th December, 9.30am for primary and 10am secondary. For details on how to watch just follow the link below:

 https://cafod.org.uk/News/Events/Advent-school-assembly

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 Prayer Resources - Finally, if you need any spiritual nourishment during the current lockdown and the fast approaching Season of Advent CAFOD have a rich collection of prayer resources. To see these resources just click on the link below:

 https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources

 

 

23.10.20

  

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CAFOD held a number of Fast Day events online to mark the Harvest Family Fast Day weekend. These started with primary and secondary online assemblies on Thursday 8th October and finished with an hour of prayer and reflection on the evening of Sunday 11th October, which featured reflections by Bishop John Arnold on Pope Francis’ summer catechesis ‘Healing the World’ and his new papal encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’. There had been a Fast Day talk on Friday morning featuring dialogue with CAFOD’s International Programme staff, who shared details about how coronavirus is affecting some of the most disadvantaged Communities around the world, with a particular focus on Brazil. There is a recording of the highly informative Fast Day talk, which can be viewed by following the link below:

https://www.bigmarker.com/cafod/harvest?bmid=f5838876ec2

 

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CAFOD’s campaign action continues to be centred on debt cancellation. CAFOD, along with other campaigning groups such as Jubilee Debt Campaign, Global Justice Now and Christian Aid, are asking world leaders to “cancel the debt” of the most heavily indebted poor countries. Many of the world’s poorest nations are not only dealing with this health emergency, but are also facing unimaginable financial hardship because of the global economic slowdown. The quickest way to deal with this worrying financial outlook is to keep money in developing countries by cancelling debt payments now. The campaign was ramped up to proceed several virtual international meetings of finance ministers and other finance officials. 

Campaigners stand outside the Treasury, calling on the Chancellor to cancel unjust debt.

These meetings took place between 14-19 October 2020, when the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and World Bank annual meetings took place, as well as the G20 finance ministers’ meeting. The good news is that the G20 finance ministers have agreed to suspend debt payments for the poorest countries for another six months, but stopped short of cancelling any debt, which would allow many of these countries to better recovery from the financial crisis that the pandemic has caused, not to mention better tackling the physical health implications. Therefore, the fight continues to urge world leaders, the IMF and the World Bank to cancel the debt of the most heavily indebted poor countries. Meanwhile private lenders, such as commercial banks and financial asset funds have refused to suspend or cancel any debts. The poorest countries will be paying approximately $3 billion per month to these private lenders during the global pandemic, money they desperately need to fight the effects of Coronavirus. For the very latest on this campaign, click on the links below:

 https://cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/End-debt-injustice 

 https://jubileedebt.org.uk/press-release/reaction-to-g20-debt-suspension-and-common-framework

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The current online CAFOD campaign petition is focused on the climate crisis and the UK Government continuing to fund fossil fuel projects overseas. As you are fully aware, we are living in a climate emergency. Climate change is already pushing poor and marginalised communities further into poverty. We need to act now to renew God’s precious gift of creation and ensure that everyone can flourish. We must ensure that world leaders take urgent action to limit the rise of global temperatures. That is why CAFOD are calling on our government to put an end to UK support for fossil fuels overseas and to shift support to renewable energy instead. Please join CAFOD to demand that the Prime Minister shows true global leadership by ending all UK support for fossil fuels overseas. This is particularly important as the UK is hosting the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021 and we should therefore lead by example. To sign the petition, follow the link below:

https://e-activist.com/page/53571/petition/1

 

 

As we approach the time of year when we remember our deceased family members and friends, CAFOD also remembers deceased supporters and volunteers through memorial services and Masses. At this time, late October and early November, CAFOD promotes its free will writing service for people who wish to leave a gift for CAFOD’s work in their own wills. Leaving a gift in your will to charity is a wonderful way to reach out to future generations and help people affected by poverty and injustice live life to the full.

CAFOD’s will guide gives tips for writing a will and suggested wording for a legacy gift. They have a free will-writing service for supporters: face to face with a solicitor through the Free Wills Network or over the telephone with the Co-op.

For further details, follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Leave-a-gift-in-your-will

 

Finally, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the first Family Fast Day. It was inaugurated pre-CAFOD by the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW). They raised money to fund a mother and baby clinic in Dominica as there were many malnourished and sick babies in Dominica at the time. To mark the 40th anniversary of the first Fast Day, Elspeth Orchard and Jacqui Stuyt, who helped organise that very first Fast Day, unveiled a commemorative icon of “Mary Magnificat”, pictured below:

Start of CAFOD 

 

18.10.20

 

An item of interest.

 

Social Justice Conference: How can we secure justice for victims of modern slavery?

 

A CSJ Social Justice Conference Event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytmTkeHqwBk

 

 

02.10.20

 

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Harvest Family Fast Day

Firstly, the parish CAFOD group want to thank everyone who has generously donated to the parish JustGiving page for the CAFOD Emergency Coronavirus Appeal or donated through offerings given to Anne Marie Coppock. The need is still great so the JustGiving page will remain open, so if you are able to make a donation then please follow the link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/good-samaritan-burnley

 

You can also continue to make donations via Anne Marie or direct to CAFOD, by cheque or online:

 

https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Coronavirus-appeal

 

This Harvest Family Fast Day we are unable to distribute the envelopes at the three churches of our parish, therefore, the collections will be postponed for now. However, the Good Samaritan CAFOD group want to keep you informed of everything that CAFOD has planned online for the Harvest.

This is a “Harvest like no other” as many families face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as the result of coronavirus. With your support, CAFOD can help people all over the world rebuild their lives.

So this Harvest, CAFOD are launching a series of online events around Family Fast Day from 8-11 October so that we can come together and bring hope and help to those who are most in need. There is something for everyone, join with your school, parish or friends and family. They will also be holding a live online Mass on 9 October.

To register for these events and further details, just follow the link below:

 

https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day

 

The above link also takes you to the page where there is a short film showing how your donations are helping our brothers and sisters in need to survive, rebuild and heal during the Covid-19 crisis. Our fellow sisters and brothers always need our prayers and CAFOD have produced a Harvest Family Fast Day prayer:

“God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light.”

1 Peter 2:9 

God, you call us out of darkness. 

May we hear your voice in the cry of our brothers and sisters in crisis.

As you walk alongside us always,

may we walk beside one another 

listening and responding in love. 

Shine the light of your compassion through us, dispelling chaos, fear and despair. 

Breathe hope and courage into all our hearts 

as we work together to rebuild once more.

Strengthen us, Lord, and keep us steadfast. 

Bring healing and comfort to all 

and lead us renewed into your marvellous light.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Amen

 Finally, CAFOD’s latest campaign action is asking world finance leaders to cancel the debt of the most heavily indebted countries. Many of the world’s poorest nations are not only dealing with this health emergency, but are also facing unimaginable financial hardship because of the global economic slowdown. The quickest way to deal with this worrying financial outlook is to keep money in developing countries by cancelling debt payments now.

 

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Between now and October, CAFOD want you to send them a photo of you creatively displaying the words, ”Cancel The Debt”. They are collecting photos of supporters from across England and Wales, and will put your photos together in October to send a message to world leaders that it’s time to #CancelTheDebt. For further details of how to get involved just visit the website:

 

https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Latest-campaigns/Time-to-cancel-the-debt

 

 

19.09.20

Memories of times past with St Johns CAFOD Group

Veronica, daughter of Mary Summers sent me this photo of the ladies from our CAFOD group taken some years again.

They are wearing bespoked CAFOD Pinnafores, with the logo embroderd by Mrs Marslands daughter Geraldine. Since then the pinnafores have worn out and been replaced but we reused the logo and they are still in use today.

Unfortuanely we do not know what event was taking place.

The ladies are – left to right


Betty Ball, Catherine Hayes*,Eileen Ennis, Monica Atherton*,Mary Summers*, Louisa Cook*, and Mary Marsland*

 *The star indicates a deceased member – May they Rest in Peace.

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07.09.20

 

Tomorrow a panel of expert will present online CAFOD response in South Sudan, Lebanon and Yemen. You are invited to our online event. Could you please share the information in your network of friends?

 

The greatest challenge to achieving sustainable development

 

Tuesday 8 September, 7pm-8pm

 

Join us to hear from a panel of CAFOD international staff whose areas of expertise are Yemen, South Sudan and Lebanon and who will be sharing how CAFOD is responding to the multiple crises impacting these particular countries.  

 

Register to join us.

 

 06.07.2010

If you missed the recording detailed, below you can view it by clicking on the link shown highlighting by Webinair  CAFOD’s response to Coronavirus across the world – with some really insightful and inspirational contribution from Matthew Carter and Jo Kitterick. You can view the webinair by clicking here

 

02.07.2010

 

Details of a virtual session with CAFOD. Sorry this is a little late, but hit the link below to register it will be a very interesting session.

This week I would like to invite you and your family to our online event this Thursday.

Could you please share the information in your network of friends?

Previewing Harvest Fast Day: CAFOD’s response to the coronavirus

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Thursday 3 September, 11am-12pm

Join us to hear the latest on CAFOD’s response to coronavirus around the world from

Matthew Carter, Head of Emergency Response and get a preview of Harvest Fast Day from Jo Kitterick, Head of Fundraising and Participation.

Register to join us.

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 I look forward to sharing our stories and experiences with you online.

If you would like to ge a personal invite to these sessions in future, please contact

Fulvio Ornato at CAFOD HQ mail: on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.