As this Year of Mercy draws to a close, we are hosting a retreat at Llantarnam Abbey on Sat 12 Nov that will explore how each of us can continue to live out Pope Francis’ call to be “witnesses of mercy” in our families, communities and in our world. Continue reading

Christ the King ‘brighten up’ for CAFOD

img_0378Pupils from Christ the King Catholic Primary School in Cardiff all took the ‘brighten up’ theme of our Harvest appeal to heart. Putting on a full production for parents, Year 2&3 created their own song and delivered an inspirational assembly on the story of Ruben in Bolivia.

The children had also made cakes which were being sold to the parents at the assembly, with all money going to support CAFOD’s work around the world.

Kieran O’Brien, who attended the event said:

The school had done an amazing job, and the pupils were so inspirational. Their play, based on the story of Bolivian boy Ruben, touched upon themes of sharing, caring and loving our neighbour. I can’t see how any parent who attended was not moved by such a wonderful assembly.


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Remembering Bernie

Photo_of_Bernie_looking_10yrs_youngerIt is hard to believe that a year has passed since we lost our beloved and very much admired colleague Bernie Mills. The anniversary of her passing, on the 1 Oct, was remembered sincerely by her colleagues through Masses and personal reflection Those who worked closely with Bernie absolutely respected her and were touched by her real passion and concern for the work of CAFOD. Her passing was a complete shock, given that she had no previous signs of any ill-health or concerns, and was on the evening before she was to attend a Harvest Fast Day lunch in Bridgend. Continue reading

November Memorial Masses in Cardiff and Menevia


We are in the process of finalising the dates for Memorial Masses in November, the month of remembrance.

In Cardiff the Mass will be at St Joseph’s in Penarth – Sunday 27 November.

In Menevia, the Mass will be celebrated at The Sacred Heart Church in Morriston, Swansea – on Friday 11 November at 7.15 (brief presentation on the Lampedusa Cross) and Mass at 7.30 pm.

Traditionally November is when we make extra time to remember those who have died – especially family, friends and those who have left a lasting impression in our lives.

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Training new Schools Volunteers


Following our recent appeal for new volunteers to join our Schools team, a number of wonderful people stepped forward to attend the training which has started in Swansea.

They were joined by two volunteers from Clifton Diocese which made for an interesting sharing experience.

The appeal for Schools volunteers was advertised in parishes throughout the Archdiocese and we are enormously grateful to our parish priests for their support.

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Blaenavon parish discovering the face of mercy

blaenavonParishioners from the parish of The Sacred Heart and St Felix in Blaenavon, and St Alban’s in Pontypool gathered for a lunchtime talk to reflect on the Pope’s teaching around the Year of Mercy. Led by Kieran O’Brien, the talk offered the parishioners an opportunity to reflect on Pope Francis’ teachings using art to discuss the meaning of mercy.  Continue reading

4 October – Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi

Today, 4 October marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and of the environment. Here we look at the significance of today, in light of Laudato Si’ and the recently proclaimed World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. 

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St. Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata.

4 October is recognised by Christians worldwide as the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. Born to a merchant family in 12th century Italy, Francis renounced his title and inheritance in order to live amongst the poor, he eventually founded what would become the Franciscan Order.

Learn more about Laudato Si’ and St. Francis of Assisi

Pope Gregory IX canonised Francis in 1228 and he became the patron saint of animals and the environment. This was due to his profound reverence for God’s creation and his belief that all creatures are brothers and sisters under God.

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Door of Mercy in Swansea’s oldest church and the Lampedusa Cross

Canon Flook with parishioner from St David's Priory

The oldest Roman Catholic Church in Swansea is also one of the designated Holy Doors of Mercy in Menevia.

And we are delighted to announce that St David’s Priory has been hosting a Lampedusa Cross since Thursday 29 September where it is due to remain until Monday 10 October.

Canon Michael Flook, V.F. and his parish community invited CAFOD’s Community Participation Co-ordinator in Menevia, Therese Warwick, to give a presentation around the Year of Mercy.

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Lampedusa Cross reaches out to Hwllfordd

Fr Liam Bradley with members of the Youth Group

Pembrokshire in South-west Wales is the latest county in the Menevia diocese to welcome the Lampedusa Cross.

The parish church of Saint David and St Patrick in the county town of Haverfordwest hosted the Cross on Thursday 22 September to begin a Week of Prayer for the Year of Mercy.

Fr Liam Bradley become parish priest here at the beginning of August, having previously been curate to Fr Owen McGreal, who recently retired.

The parish also serves the church of the Immaculate Conception in Narberth.

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Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage

Fr Nick James and parishioners from St Frances of Rome and St Mary's

Pope Francis encourages us all to make a pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy as a sign of our ongoing journey of conversion and spiritual renewal.

Parishioners from St Frances of Rome, Ross-on-Wye and St Mary’s, Monmouth responded to this invitation when they came together to organise their own Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage on Tuesday 20 September to show solidarity with the thousands of refugees who are leaving their homes to escape from war, poverty and persecution.

The Lost Family Portraits were shown in the parish room before the pilgrimage began at 5.30 p.m.

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Monmouth opens its doors

St Mary's display of their historical items

St Mary’s Church in Monmouth took part in the European Heritage Open Doors event on the weekend of 9-10 September.

The annual celebration offers both local people and visitors alike the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history.


The parish of St Mary’s in Monmouth is the earliest post-Reformation Catholic public place of worship to be permitted in Wales. Continue reading