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The Feast of St Bakhita, February 8th
THE FEAST OF ST BAKHITA, FEBRUARY 8 We cannot become distracted: we are all called to leave behind any form of hypocrisy, facing the reality that we are part of the problem. The problem is not in the opposite lane: it involves us. We are not permitted to look elsewhere and declare our ignorance or
Notability choir brings Advent joy to Salford
Notability, a choir of quality, ushered in Advent on a cold wet Sunday 2nd December evening at St. John’s Cathedra, Salford.  Those who attended the service were treated to a beautiful repertoire that included Lullaby Jesus and Mary’s Boy Child along with favourites such as Hark! The herald angels sing and Silent Night. Cathedral organist
Happy 10th Birthday – Caritas Charity Shop
Happy 10th Birthday celebrations were held at the Caritas Charity Shop in Bolton on 22nd November with Madam Mayor Elaine Sherrington of Bolton, Bishop John Arnold and the volunteers and supporters of the shop and drop-in.  Mark Wiggin, Director of Caritas welcomed the Mayor, Bishop John and all the guests that included volunteers and Caritas
A large gathering of volunteers and beneficiaries of social action charities in the Diocese of Salford met at Guardian Angles Parish, Bury on Saturday 10th November to celebrate the World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis has set aside this special time each year to invite us to act in solidarity and combat the indifference
Caritas Ambassador Festival 2018!
Tuesday, 2nd October saw the second annual Caritas Ambassador Festival take place, this time at St Bernadette’s parish hall in Whitefield, following a short service in the church. Councillor Tanya Burch joined us to give an inspirational talk to the children on and music was provided by David Glynn-Whitehead. This year also saw the introduction
National Justice & Peace Conference
The 40th conference of the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) in Derbyshire took the theme, ‘In the shelter of each other the people live’ and explored building a Church and a society with the marginalised, the excluded and the most vulnerable at its heart. Julia Coulton, Caritas’s Community Centres manager attended as a day
Young Caritas from Agrigento Sicily visit Salford
Twelve young volunteers from our sister organisation in the Diocese of Agrigento, Sicily spent two weeks this summer with our Caritas projects offering practical service at Cornerstone, Lalley and Cheetham centres in Manchester.  The programme included workshops on refugees and global migration as well as finding out more about the social action activity of Caritas
Red Door – Yard Project
On 10th July the Red Door project in Bury was celebrated the completion of the Yard Project. Tea and coffee, as well as homemade scones with jam and cream were available to guests who included Councillor Susan Southworth, the DWP’s Donna Jackson, Kim Griffiths and Belinda Papworth from Bury Council and Katya Pursall, who leads
Justice and Peace give thanks for their work
Bishop John Arnold celebrated a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the work of the Justice and Peace Association at Wardley Hall on Thursday 28th June 2018.  The day marked the final transfer of the work of the Justice and Peace Association to fully come under Caritas Diocese of Salford. Bishop John gave recognition and thanks
‘Every Penny Counts’… so 8,000,000 thanks
Caritas has been celebrating the great work of our Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Salford who have supported the St. Joseph Penny Appeal 2018. The total raised is yet to be finalised but we are hoping to say ‘thank you’ 8,000,000 times for each penny collected! A big ‘Thank You’ to all our schools
Loneliness Connects Us
The Loneliness Connects Us seminar sponsored by Caritas and St Michael and St Bernadette’s Parish, Whitefield, was a great success attracted over 60 participants. The seminar was inspired and organised by Niell Watkins a parishioner and experts inputs came from Professor Pamela Qualter of Manchester University and Dr James Duggan, Manchester Metropolitan University.  Both specialise in research into
Refugee Day Out
On Saturday, a sunny Ribble Valley welcomed over 150 refugees and their families from Manchester, Burnley and Blackburn to a fabulous day out relaxing in the countryside. Organised by Tom and Catherine Clay, parishioners of St. Mary’s, Sabden (Tom pictured below) and linked to refugee organisations like Revive, the highlights of the day was a
Day for Life 2018
Pope Francis appeals to Catholics in England and Wales to ‘open (their) eyes’ and ‘hear (the) cry’ of human trafficking victims As the Catholic Church in England and Wales prepares for Day for Life on Sunday 17 June, Pope Francis has sent a special message to Catholics in England and Wales asking them to break
Bishop John Shares His Vision ‘Hope In The Future’
The Diocese Social Action Network (DiSAN) met on Friday 8th June at the Cathedral Centre, Salford to bring together twenty-one social action and social organisations working in the diocese. Facilitated by Mark Wiggin (Director of Caritas), the event highlight was the key note address by Bishop John Arnold on the new diocesan pastoral plan ‘Hope
Bury Red Door’s Yard Project
The visitors at the Red Door drop-in centre for homeless and vulnerable people in Bury have been busy transforming their overgrown yard into a fantastic growing space for fruit, vegetables and flowers to grow this summer. The project started off as a mass of shrubbery and trees that had been neglected for years but now,
Fantastic Fostering
It was a double celebration in May for our fostering team. We were delighted to welcome a crowded room as we marked Fostering Fortnight with coffee and cakes to say thank you to our foster carers.  Five individuals with an interest in fostering answered the call in our parishes and joined the event to Find