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Bishop’s Award Winners Enjoy Tea at Wardley Hall
Bishop John recently welcomed the latest winners of the Caritas Bishop’s Awards to Wardley Hall. The Bishop thanked and congratulated them on putting faith into action and stressed the importance of continuing to develop their work in caring for our common home. The award winners were: The Caritas Ambassadors at St Winifred’s Primary School in
Parish Social Action: What an inspirational day!
Over 150 parish delegates from all over the Diocese of Salford filled Holy Cross College, Bury, on Saturday, 6th July to celebrate Hope in the Future. Hope in the Future is the parish-based programme re-energising the Diocese of Salford and encouraging the faithful to become ‘missionary disciples’ by reaching out to their local communities and
First Anniversary Party for Resettled Family
It’s just a year ago that Mohamad, Fatima and their children flew into Manchester Airport to be greeted by the parishioners of St Mary’s that had come together to create a Community Sponsorship Group to welcome a refugee family to Burnley. One year on and the family are thriving, learning English, making friends and keen
Volunteers Turn the Wheels Of Cornerstone
The Cornerstone Volunteers Mass on Saturday 29th June drew in over 100 people, mainly volunteers and supporters to give thanks for the work with homeless and destitute people, refugees and asylum seekers in the heart of Manchester. The opening hymn captured the essence of the service: We are pilgrims on the journey, We are travellers
International Mass – “Diversity and Difference makes us Stronger”
People representation over twenty-six nationalities gathered in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist on Saturday 19th June to celebrate an International Mass.   Building on the Racial Justice and the previous Migrants Mass, the International Mass is a celebration of the contribution of so many different communities from all over the world that enrich
Catholic Times – Featuring Caritas
If you are a regular reader of the Catholic Times, you may have noticed over the past six months a series of articles by members of staff from various CSAN-member charities. Caritas Diocese of Salford has been no exception, with three articles published so far in 2019 about the work with do across our diocese.
90 Years’ Service to the Deaf Community
On Saturday, 15th June 2019, over 160 people – many of them from the Deaf Community, came together at St. Patrick’s Collyhurst to give thanks for 90 years of continual service, through St. Joseph’s Mission to Deaf People.  Bishop John Arnold as the main Celebrant signed the Holy Mass to the Deaf congregation relying only
Rochdale Action with Destitute Asylum Seekers and Refugees
On Sunday, 16th June 2019 at St. Chad’s Parish Church, Rochdale, over 100 people gathered to witness the signing of a unique agreement between Faith & Civic Society Leaders. The ‘Covenant’ is a statement of support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees seeking sanctuary in Rochdale.  Created by RADAR – Rochdale Action with Destitute Asylum Seekers
Migration Conference: ‘People on the Move.’
Saturday 9th June saw Sean Ryan and Liz Hibberd from the Community Sponsorship Team, take part in a Migration Conference: ‘People on the Move.’ Organised and hosted by the Methodist Church, around 60 people from the North West came together to share, learn and discuss how faith groups could better move forward in their understanding
Big Sleep-Out attracts growing support
The Fifth Big Sleep Out held on Friday 17th May to raise awareness and much needed funds to support homeless people was hailed as a great success!  A record number of 116 sponsors slept out under the stars in the ground of the Xaverian College, Manchester. During the evening, Bishop John reminded us that ‘our
Thank you, Rochdale Catenians!
We are very grateful to Lawrence O’Donnell, President of the Rochdale Catenian Circle, for choosing Caritas as his President’s Charity for the last 12 months. Kathryn Ansley was delighted to attend their recent Circle dinner on behalf of Caritas and accept a donation cheque from Lawrence for over £3,000. After the presentation of the cheque,
Caritas, Diocese of Salford and Greater Manchester Citizens
  Greater Manchester Citizens met on Monday 1st April at UNISON’s North West HQ by Victoria Station. Caritas representing the Diocese of Salford was represented by parishioners of St. Michael and Bernadette’s, Whitefield and by the Director of Caritas Mark Wiggin. The Diocese of Salford is a founder member of Greater Manchester Citizens and is
Cranfield Trust Partner with Caritas to deliver successful charity conference
“Partnering up with the Cranfield Trust was a first for us,” said Mark Wiggin CEO of Caritas Diocese of Salford, and added, “ the conference was a great success in bringing so many charities together to benefit from the expert inputs on offer.” Over 40 delegates participated from 15 different charities.  The training inputs included:
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