World Gifts and compassion at St David’s School

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On Thursday before the season of Advent began, Mrs Angela Heald, acting Headteacher at St David’s Primary School in West Cross in Swansea invited CAFOD South Wales to talk to the pupils about World Gifts.

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Being an office volunteer

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Val in the office

One of our office volunteers in the Cardiff Office, Val Call told us about her volunteering experience and the reason why she volunteers.

CAFOD is a worthwhile charity and has always been a charity I have supported. I started volunteering in 2011 because I saw a notice on a church bullitin, St Josephs, Penarth. I am currently an office volunteer in the Cardiff Office and do a variety of activities, including admin around the office and updating the database. Continue reading

Sacred Heart Morriston closes the Year of Mercy

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On Sunday 20 November, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Sacred Heart parish in Morriston, Swansea celebrated a wonderful Mass and final pilgrimage to mark the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

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CAFOD Wales retreat

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CAFOD Supporters with Dan Hale, Head of Campaigns

On Saturday 12 November, supporters from Cardiff and Menevia dioceses welcomed CAFOD’s Head of Campaigns, Daniel Hale, to the Ty Croeso Centre at Llantarnam  Abbey in Cwmbran for a retreat focussing on “Proclaiming the Mercy of God.”

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Memorial Mass in Menevia

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Fr Jason Jones from the Sacred Heart parish in Morriston, Swansea welcomed CAFOD supporters and parishioners on Friday 11 November for the Memorial Mass for the Menevia diocese.

Therese Warwick, representing CAFOD in Menevia, thanked Fr Jason for the celebrating Mass and giving thanks for all those who have touched our lives but are no longer with us.

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Porthcawl Christians gather together to pray for refugees

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Christians from different backgrounds came together to reflect on the humanitarian challenges of the refugee crisis.

On Monday 14 November, Christians from six different churches came together at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic church, Porthcawl, to reflect on and pray for people affected by the refugee crisis. The interdenominational service saw over 40 Christians from a variety of backgrounds assemble to make readings, share experiences and offer messages of hope to people who are making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

Many millions have fled their homes due to war, famine, poverty and climate change and are living displaced in camps, on the streets or even in the wilderness across the globe. Many have no access to basic sanitation or adequate food – not to mention medical care and education for young people.

The refugee crisis is at the heart of the Catholic Year of Mercy

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Former Step into the Gap volunteer from Wales meets Pope Francis

 

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Eleanor met Pope Francis at the Vatican

A former CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer and Swansea University graduate has been specially selected to travel to a prestigious conference in Rome where she met with Pope Francis.

Eleanor Margetts, who grew up in Bridgend and attended Archbishop McGrath Catholic Comprehensive School, has previously spent some time volunteering in the CAFOD South Wales office in Cardiff. It was through this volunteering experience that Eleanor originally heard about and applied to attend the conference.

Read about Eleanor’s story on the CAFOD website

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New volunteers join the Schools Team

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Sue Philippart (Menevia), John McLorian (Clifton) and Chris Crowley (Cardiff)

We are delighted to welcome two newly qualified volunteers to our Education team.

Sue Philippart is based in Menevia and Chris Crowley is based in Cardiff. They were joined at the training by John McLorian from the Clifton diocese.

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