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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
International Mass 2018
“Uplifting”, “joyful” and “why can’t we do this more often?” were just a few of the comments circulating round the cloisters of the Cathedral after the celebration of the International Mass with Bishop John Arnold on Saturday 25th May. Many parish priests and over two hundred people representing over fifty languages from all over the
Loneliness & Social Isolation Young Adults
Youth loneliness is an issue of our time.   There is considerable awareness of issues about loneliness and social isolation in older people, however recent attention is turning to the serious health issues for younger people and young adults. With the appointment of the Minister for Loneliness it is apparent that recent media, civil society, research
Salford welcomes international working group on Community Sponsorship of Refugees
Caritas Diocese of Salford hosted an important gathering of the International Catholic Migration Commission SHARE project partners to explore the potential of Community Sponsorship as a new, safe and legal pathway to bring refugees to sanctuary in host countries and help their integration through local community support. Between the 16 and 17 May 2018, at
Volunteer to Teach English
Volunteering as an ESOL teacher is a great opportunity for individuals to gain experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages and develop new skills while making a real difference to peoples’ lives.  Talk English Salford is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to deliver free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses
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