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Belonging: A Challenge for the Church in a Diverse Society
The Conference was an opportunity for Catholics from across England and Wales to share ideas and experience on how we can help new and marginalised groups feel they truly ‘belong’ in UK society. Representatives from fifteen dioceses, various CARJ networks and other Catholic organisations attended. The day began with a brief historical reflection. For the
Bishop John Encourages Support for Citizens
Greater Manchester Citizens recently held workshops on a wide range of issues that concern us all that included Child Poverty, Clean Air, Hate Crime and more. A special thank you was expressed to Bishop John Arnold and Caritas Diocese of Salford for their support and to Bishop John in particular for joining the Citizens planning
In Plain Sight: Conference on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
Caritas Social Action Network hosted a major Catholic Conference on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery on 15 October at CCLA in London. The Conference, entitled In Plain Sight – Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, created the opportunity for 76 representatives from across the Church in England and Wales to share and reflect on experience
Refugee Resettlement Awards
“Every one of the refugees who has come to this country through sponsorship is a remarkable person. What a wonderful, positive evening. Fantastic to hear people’s stories and celebrate their achievements”. Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) The Sponsor Refugees awards ceremony on 8th October 2019, organised via Citizens UK pays tribute to the refugees and sponsors
The Story of Cornerstone Day Centre
Cornerstone grew from a collaboration of the Diocese of Salford with Canon O’Connor, the Daughters of Charity and several benefactors who, with fairly modest resources, established the provision. Cornerstone received its first beneficiaries in 1991. Five or six years later it had grown at St Augustine’s Parish to two port-a-cabins, a clothing store and a
Parish Representatives Come Together For The Common Good
Saturday, 21st September saw the Caritas Parish Representatives meet once again to discuss their progress galvanising their parish communities to be more engaged with social change. Speakers included Catholic Social Teaching Trainer Kathryn Ansley and Rachel Taylor, our new Trust & Grants Officer who joined Caritas over the summer. The event also saw training given
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