Lampedusa Cross travels to Powys

Fr Michael with parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Knighton & Our Lady of the Assumption & St Therese Presteigne

Fr Michael with parishioners from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour & St Nicholas, Knighton and Assumption of Our Lady & St Therese, Presteigne and St Francis of Assisi, Rhayader and other Christian denominations in Knighton

The beginning of August saw the Lampedusa Cross continue its journey across the parishes of Menevia, travelling through the beautiful Herefordshire and Powys countryside to arrive at the lovely market town of Knighton and the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Nicholas.

The church is served from Rhayader (St Francis of Assisi) by Fr Michael Akpoghiran who also ministers to the church in Presteigne (Assumption of Our Lady and St Therese).

Lampedusa Cross display in Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Knighton

The Lampedusa Cross display in church

A parish talk on the Year of Mercy was organised for Wednesday 3 August at 7 pm and as CAFOD’s representative in Menevia, I received a lovely warm welcome from Fr Mike and his parishioners from Knighton and Presteigne.

Several members of the neighbouring Church in Wales congregation also attended and were very interested in learning more about the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

As Pope Francis writes:

“It is my burning desire that that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  It will be a way to re-awaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty…. Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy; to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead.” (MV15)

Lampedusa Cross in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Knighton

The Lampedusa Cross in the sanctuary

 

The Lampedusa Cross is being hosted at the lovely church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Knighton until Monday 15 August.

You can find resources on the refugee crisis for parishes and schools here:

Please use this return form to send completed messages of hope on the action cards back.

 

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