St Helen’s and the Lampedusa Cross

The Lampedusa Cross is continuing its journey across the Archdiocese of Cardiff and for the past fortnight has been hosted at St Helen’s in Caerphilly.

Lampedusa Cross display with prayer cards

One of our loyal volunteers, Berenice Williams, was on hand to help with the CAFOD display which is accompanying the Lampedusa Cross and which draws on some of Pope Francis’ teachings about Welcoming the Stranger, especially during this Holy Year of Mercy.

“We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees… are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.”  Pope Francis

Lampedusa Cross before the altar

The Lampedusa Cross before the altar

St Helen’s is a Santuary with YoM display, Year of Mercy poster and Lampedusa crossmodern church built in the 1960s, designed by Tom Price who worked with Archbishop Murphy.  Mr Price designed many new churches in the the Archdiocese but Saint Helen’s is considered one of his largest and most successful designs.



A former parish priest felt that there was a need to create a “greater feeling of reverence and an environment that proclaims the glory of God”. and a decision was made to re-order the church with the approach of the new Millennium.

There are four wonderful oak wood sculptures by the artist, Caroline MacKenzie.

The Nativity

The sculptures depict the Nativity, Three women and an angel inside an empty tomb, The Grievers and the Good Samaritan.


crucifix painting by parishioner

painted by a parishioner




Parish communities across Cardiff and Menevia are invited to write or draw a short message of hope or commitment on the prayer cards that are available during the Year of Mercy.

The messages will be dedicated at a special event at the end of the Year of Mercy and they’ll be shared with refugees in the UK or around the world.

For more information and resources on the Year of Mercy click here:


50 anniversary of St Helen's church wall hanging

Wall hanging commemorating the 50th anniversary of St Helen’s

If you would like the Lampedusa Cross to come to your parish or would like to arrange a parish talk on the Jubilee Year of Mercy, please get in touch.

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