Text Box: St Marie’s, Southport
In the Deanery of Sefton Coast North and the Archdiocese of Liverpool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Lent begins, we’re all shocked by the situation unfolding in Ukraine. People are separating from their loved ones and fleeing the country, simply to survive. Your support today will have a direct impact on the people of Ukraine. 

Our sister organisation, Caritas Ukraine, and other Caritas agencies in neighbouring countries, are already on the ground helping people affected by this conflict. They are working to provide food, blankets and warm clothes to families who have been forced to leave everything behind.
Whatever you can give today will help us reach more families with urgent assistance. Please do continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in Ukraine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ukraine Appeal updates

Update 22.04.22

Today at the St Margaret Clitherow Centre, Canon Aidan Prescott led a moment of prayer for peace for Ukraine and a prayer of blessing for what will be undertaken in the days ahead as our eight drivers are set to leave the archdiocese to deliver essential aid to the Polish border over the next couple of days.

 

The drivers include four archdiocesan staff: Jill Boggan, Nicky Hegarty, John McMahon and Aaron Kiely; two drivers who went on the first trip- Mike Sharkey and Chris Joynt; Ben Quayle who works for PSD who have supplied the vans for the trip and Anthony Horton from Greenmount Projects.

 

Fr Aidan also accepted a cheque from Mike as he has collaborated with people and organisations across Wigan to raise over £12,000 for the archdiocesan appeal.

 

In terms of financial donations, the figure is continually rising and the appeal has now raised over £103,000.

 

We will be updating our website and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with updates on the journey over the next week.

 

Thank you to all for your continued support during this appeal. Please keep the drivers in your prayers as they embark on their journey.

 

Following the success of our volunteer drivers travelling to the Polish border to donate goods, we will be doing another trip, but this time we will be doubling the amount of transport we are taking and four vans and eight volunteer drivers will leave the archdiocese on Friday 22 April.

 

Update 29.03.22

This morning, after travelling for three days, for 1,400 miles and through six countries; our drivers arrived at the Polish border and successfully delivered the donated goods for the people of Ukraine.

 

Our four drivers - Mike Sharkey, Andy Coley, Dave Lyon and Chris Joynt - met Bishop Gregory Komar, and students for the priesthood from the Holy Spirit Seminary in the Ukrainian diocese of Sambir-Drohobych, who will take the goods for distribution in the Lviv region of western Ukraine. 

 

I have attached some images of the handover and videos (including a thank you message from Bishop Gregory to the people of the archdiocese) can be found on our YouTube page.

Please continue to pray for our drivers as they start their journey home.

 

In terms of financial donations, we have now raised over £60,500 for the #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal.

 

Thank you all for your continued support, we are truly grateful for everyone’s overwhelming generosity throughout this

 

Update 24.03.22

This Saturday (26 March) two vans will leave the Archdiocese of Liverpool to head to the Polish border loaded with aid for the people of Ukraine. 

 

At 9am on Saturday, before the drivers depart, Bishop Thomas Neylon and Father Taras Khomych, chaplain to the Ukrainian community, will celebrate Mass at the St Margaret Clitherow Centre, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, L17 1AA.  All volunteers are welcome to attend and we would ask if everyone can keep the drivers in their prayers.

 

The goods will be collected by Bishop Gregory Komar, and students for the priesthood from the Holy Spirit Seminary in the Ukrainian diocese of Sambir-Drohobych, who will take the goods for distribution in the Lviv region of western Ukraine.  Bishop Gregory is the auxiliary bishop of the diocese and has a close association with the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

 

We are looking to do further shipments in the near future and will confirm details of this once the drivers have returned.

 

Once again, thank you for your continued support, we have only been able to run this appeal thanks to the support of our parishes, schools, parish centres and local community.

 

Financial donations

 

We have received over £44,000 of donations for the appeal, a figure that is rising on a daily basis.

 

Ukrainian refugees

 

We have had some enquiries about how the archdiocese will support the Ukrainian refugee scheme, particularly with using our properties to help house them.

 

To participate in phase 1 of the government’s scheme, you have to have the name of the Ukrainian individual or family you are sponsoring to come in.  We will seek to register interest for phase 2.

 

There are a lot of elements we would need to get in place before we can safely offer any of our properties to refugees (including health & safety, safeguarding and wellbeing requirements). This is something we will be discussing in  more details with trustees later on this week.

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