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A gift to Caritas that celebrates St. Joseph
On the 19th March, the Feast of St. Joseph, Ellie Stephens, an A level art student from St. Ambrose Barlow School in Swinton came to Caritas with her family and parish priests to present a special gift of her portrait of St. Joseph.  The image is a fascinating portrayal of this humble saint that we
Muslims and Catholics United for the Common Good
Caritas Diocese of Salford and Greater Manchester Citizens were pleased to welcome nearly 40 people to an exciting joint meeting between Muslims and Catholics from across Greater Manchester, held in the evening at the Cathedral Centre, Salford Monday 19th March. The meeting was a catalyst for stronger bonds of friendship, trust and mutual understanding between
Working for a Better Future
The world of work has changed substantially in the last 20 years. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, digitalisation, outsourcing, “gig” working and precarious employment mean that trade unions must find new ways to protect their members. This meeting brings together expertise from trade unions, the Labour Party and the academic world to explore the contribution that
Andy Burnham visit to Cornerstone
On the 13th March, Caritas Diocese of Salford welcomed Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester to the Cornerstone Centre. Andy spent the day visiting established organisations that are provided services to people experiencing homelessness across Manchester. Since being elected in May 2017, Andy has personal commitment to tackling the issue of homelessness and has pledged
St. Monica’s RC Parish welcomed David Stanton
Volunteers at St. Monica’s RC Parish, Flixton welcomed David Stanton, the Irish Minister of State for Immigration who visited on Monday to find out first hand how communities can welcome refugees. St Monica’s has become an important spot on the good practice map of supporting vulnerable refugee families as part of the new Home Office
Caritas Refugee Response Conference
An expert team from the International Organisation of Migration, UNHCR, The Home Office, DWP and Horton Housing came together on the 29th January with fifty volunteers from fourteen parishes from the Diocese of Salford, Shrewsbury and Liverpool Archdiocese to train parishioners to become Community Sponsors of refugees. Community sponsorship is a new resettlement pathway for
Sean Ryan
Congratulations to Sean Ryan, Caritas National Coordinator for Community Sponsorship, who has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the recently announced New Year Honours List for 2018. The Queen’s New Year Honours List recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. Sean’s award is for
Christmas Presents
Caritas schools and family projects have been busy preparing for Christmas! Hundreds of presents donated for children in families where there is a low income or where families just cannot afford to spend much money on their children have come flooding in. The Toy Appeal is the work of Dee and her fabulous team of
Exhibition in the Houses of Parliament
From 4th-8th December, CSAN had the exhibition space in the Upper Waiting Hall in the Palace of Westminster. In partnership with CAFOD and JRS, the Catholic community’s response to the migration crisis was on show, beginning with CAFOD’s work in Greece and Lebanon through to our work in Calais and the UK, especially the Community
The Politics of Faith
It is with great pleasure that Caritas hosted Mike Kane MP for an evening of shared discussion on ‘Homelessness and housing – a Catholic social teaching perspective.’ on the 30th November at the Cathedral Centre, Salford. Mike Kane MP is the Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East, and in October 2016 was appointed
St. Joseph’s Penny Masses with Bishop John and Fr Jude Harrison
The celebration of the St. Joseph’s Penny Appeal masses was a wonderful occasion for pupils of our primary and secondary schools to get together and celebrate through their generosity and prayers the charitable work that the appeal funds through the millions of pennies collected each year during Lent.  This year, the St. Joseph’s Penny Mass
United in Prayer
Dear Friends, United in prayer is what I will be taking forward this sad day. As a mark of respect to all caught up in this tragic event I feel it is important that all of us at Caritas Diocese of Salford do what we would normally have done today, and even do a little
Super Skills for Life
The Caritas Schools’ Service held an event on the 28th April to explore the findings and celebrate the outcomes of the Super Skills for Life  pilot scheme. The pilot had taken place in 27 schools across the Diocese of Salford. St John Vianney RC School kindly hosted the event and it was  attended by  children
Special Mass to Celebrate Migrant Workers
The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker is traditionally a day in the national calendar when people celebrate the world of work and the rights of workers.  This day was also the occasion to celebrate the first Mass for Migrants to be held in the Diocese of Salford, organised jointly by Caritas and the diocese.
Christ the King Walkden – Little Sleep Out
At the same time as the Cornerstone Big Sleep Out, but in a primary school some 19 miles to the West, 25 pupils from Year 4 were having their own adventure. Pupils from Christ the King RC Primary in Walkden, led by Headteacher Mrs Nicola Potts, Deputy Headteacher Joanne McAllister and Mr Shane Nolan (Yr
Chris Lubbe – (former Bodyguard to Nelson Mandela)
Chris Lubbe (former Bodyguard to Nelson Mandela) Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May 2017 9:30am – 12:30pm On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May, there will be a day with the inspirational Guest speaker Chris Lubbe. Chris was born in Port St Johns, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. A talented speaker, Chris led