Bridgend pupils fundraising extravaganza raises over £1,700 for CAFOD

Year 8 pupils took part in a fun run for CAFOD

Year 8 pupils took part in a fun run for CAFOD

During the last week of the spring term, pupils at Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, Bridgend, joined together to organise a host of  Lent events; not only did they have a lot of fun, they raised lots of funds for the Lent appeal. 

Lent Fast Day is one of CAFOD’s most important annual fundraising campaigns

Throughout the week, many events took place including a bush tucker trial, a sponsored run, bake sales, a movie screening and fishing game. The total for the week is well over £1,700, with the winning form class raising over £450.

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Christmas greetings to all in Cardiff and Menevia

S Wales CAFOD volunteers

CAFOD volunteers get together to enjoy a Christmas lunch and chew the fat over a busy 2016.

Merry Christmas to all of our friends across the dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia.

On Monday 12 December, we were very pleased to welcome some of our wonderful volunteers to the Cardiff Volunteer Centre to participate in a short Advent service and enjoy a festive lunch.

A dozen of some of our most dedicated volunteers were in attendance and it was a wonderful opportunity to get together and discuss all that has gone on in our parishes and schools in 2016. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces and share our experiences of supporting CAFOD over the last year. Continue reading

Porthcawl Christians gather together to pray for refugees


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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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. 

St Francis of Assisi

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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Welcome to Will, our new Regional Communications Co-ordinator!

Last week we welcomed Will Rees, the new Regional Communications Co-ordinator for CAFOD South West and Wales to the team. He is based in the South Wales office in Cardiff and here he shares a bit about his life and his role at CAFOD. Hi there, my name’s Will Rees and I am very pleased […]

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