WHAT ARE WORLD GIFTS? Alternative charity gifts that can transform lives from as little as £4.

World Gifts are provided by CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency, and are alternative charity gifts that transform lives.

Perfect for not only for Christmas but also for baptisms, birthdays and anniversaries, you can choose a unique, virtual gift that will make a real difference to a family living in poverty.

We work with partners in some of the poorest communities in the world, listening to their needs and helping them to find their own solutions. We work with all people regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality.

Each World Gift is a real example of CAFOD’s work. When you choose a gift, you support the area of our work that this gift represents.

So, for example, when you buy chickens, you support our work with poor farmers in rural areas of developing countries by contributing to our Livestock, Agriculture and Livelihoods fund.

This gives us the flexibility to respond in the best way possible to the individual needs of the different communities we work with all over the world. Continue reading

Messages to the Brave – Card signing event

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On Tuesday 3rd December, we at the CAFOD South Wales office will be holding a card signing event as part of the Messages to the Brave campaign.

Please feel free to come to the office (North Chambers, Castle Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BX – through the wooden folding doors and up the stairs) anytime between 11am-3pm to write your own card to one of our environmental heroes.

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Event: ‘Tread softly’

Live SImplyOn Sunday 10 November, South Cardiff Interfaith Network is hosting a day of events to promote a common concern for the environment.

This multi-cultural and multi-religious event is set to use dance, music and drama to create conversations about the environment – and hopes to inspire people to speak out and take action.

With a shared passion for the environment and a care for ‘Our Common Home’, the groups are planning on sharing something of who they are, rejoicing in what they have in common, and committing to shared action to protect the environment for generations to come.

In the creative space, people will have the opportunity to learn more about the local environment and what the groups are doing to tackle the issue.

Hosted at Wales Millennium Centre in Glanfa, WMC’s largest public performance space, the event will take place 2-4pm and entry is free.

It is one of the many events taking place across the country to make interfaith week. More information can be found on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/s.cardiff.interfaith.network/

Souper Soup Lunch in Tenby

The Ladies Guild: sterling soup makers!

On Sunday 13 October, the Ladies Guild at Holyrood & St Teilo parish in Tenby presented a wonderful array of tasty soups to tempt parishioners as they came into the hall to support CAFOD’s Harvest appeal.

Seven fantastic soup choices included minestrone, tomato, lentil and chorizo, spicy butternut squash, leek and potato, red pepper and butternut squash and pumpkin and potato,

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@Cafod_Cymru Takes Instagram

What’s going on?

Here in Wales, our supporters have been doing some incredible work to demonstrate God’s love in action. Local communities have come together to hold Creation Celebration masses, supporting ‘Our Common Home’ campaign, and hundreds of us have taken to the streets raising our voices against climate change.

So, @CAFOD_Cymru is going to be relaunched on Instagram on the 1 November to recognise the dedication, faith and support CAFOD has received in Wales.

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How can I put my faith into action?

sister-karen-joined-tens-of-thousands-of-people-marching-through-london-for-action-on-climate-change-louise-norton-cafodAt CAFOD, we see our Catholic faith as the basis of how we transform people’s lives around the world.

Just as you might look to prayer for guidance in other areas of our life, you can also look to prayer for support in political and social issues.

It’s a theme that’s present in our charity ethos too, and we encourage you to give, act and pray to continue our life-changing work around the world.

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One World Week

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From the 20 to 27 October 2019, it is One World Week. Here, CAFOD volunteer Katie Alstead explains what the theme is for this year, and how you can get involved.   

What is One World Week?

One World Week will be uniting charities and communities across the country to tackle one of our Earth’s most pressing concerns: climate change.

Find out about the ways you can get involved

At CAFOD, we’re working together with One World Week in our continued campaign for a more sustainable, fairer future.

Why is it important to get involved?

children with globes st helems.JPGAs Catholics and citizens of the world, we have a responsibility to care and protect God’s earth.

Some of the most vulnerable and poorest communities are already experiencing the devastating effects of climate change as flooding and droughts shake their fragile means of supporting themselves.

Climate change is only growing worse and without serious action, it will be irreversible.

What have CAFOD supporters been doing so far?

you'll die of old age, I'll die of climate change - bridge largeOver the past five years, CAFOD supporters have made inspiring changes to preventing climate change. Last June, we joined Climate Coalition’s peaceful marches.

Learn how you can join the campaign

As part of 12,000 protesters walking the streets of Westminster, we got a staggering 350 MPs out to meet their constituencies and further the action needed for climate change and environmental protection.

How can I get involved?

During One World Week, you can join thousands of others in the Climate Changes Everything week with CAFOD’s campaign, Our Common Home.

st-david-2.pngOur Common Home is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness that we all share one earth, one home. When we unite globally, we’re unstoppable and that’s why we’re asking you to connect with your local parish to help combat climate change together.

You can ask your church to hold a Creation Celebration, and test out some budget (and animal)-friendly recipes in the kitchen.

You can get clued up on the climate with our quiz, or write to your local MP. If you want some extra guidance, we have a MP letter template.

If you’re feeling creative, why not become a Zero Hero fighting for zero net emissions world-wide and check out all the ways you can do it? Remember, if you do get involved with the campaign, make sure to use #ForOurCommonHome on social media.

Together, we can make a difference. Through giving, prayer, and acting, we will fight against climate change.

Today is the Feast of St Francis of Assisi

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Lord God,

You are love and charity,

you are wisdom,

you are humility,

you are patience,

you are beauty,

you are sweetness,

you are safety,

you are rest,

you are joy,

you are our hope and our delight,

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you are moderation

you are all our wealth

and riches overflowing.

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Swansea church invites a change of heart

Jane, Sally & StuartSt David’s Priory RC Church in Swansea invited their parish community to a change of The shared table heart on Sunday 22 September at a special Mass to celebrate creation.

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:25).  God’s gaze, at the beginning of the bible, rests lovingly on his creation.  From habitable land to life-giving waters, from fruit-bearing trees to animals that share our common home, everything is dear in the eyes of God, who offers creation to men and women as a precious gift to be preserved.”

Pope Francis on the World Day of Prayer for Creation   1 September 2019

The Creation Celebration Mass was introduced by two long-serving parish volunteers, Sally Meredith and Stuart Harper, ably supported by Mary, Geraldine, Maureen and Jane.

Barely a day goes by when the newspapers don’t have an article about climate change.  They highlight that the critical time is NOW!

The idea was to come together and engage in a conversation about climate change which is a concern for the whole parish community and to share ideas.

To prepare for the the event, parishioners were also invited to bring in any articles and photos that had made an impact on them and pin them to the display board in church. .

Planet; the creation given to us by our Father to nurture, not plunder.

Pope Francis invites us to a change of heart; individually, as a community and at international level, so we may truly respond to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. LS#49

A superb choir provided the music and lead the congregation with wonderful hymns including: “Here I am Lord” “We come to your feast” “Bread for the world” and “Christ be our light.”

The special the bidding prayers were said in four different languages: Hindi, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish as well as being translated back into English.

It was a very inclusive Mass.  And it was super to see so many young altar servers attending Canon Flook at Mass.

A shared table was organised for after Mass and parishioners and items to bring were carefully co-ordinated to avoid wastage.  There was a wonderful offering of food.

There was a marvellous response from the parish and Stuart Harper compered a climate quiz during lunch. Fabulous entertainment was provided by Keith & Co.

It was a wonderful occasion.  Thanks to a committed, knowledgeable and prayerful parish volunteer team, Canon Flook and enthusiastic fellow parishioners.

Find out more about CAFOD’s action on climate change here. 

Sign the petition to ask the government to stop funding fossil fuels overseas.

Download a prayer for the Care of Creation to use in your parish.

Student climate strikes in Cardiff

you'll die of old age, I'll die of climate change - bridge largeRecently, there were student climate strikes across the UK to ask the government to take climate action. Here, we have a report on the Climate strikes in Cardiff, written by a CAFOD supporter, who attended the march.

On Friday 20th September, over a thousand young people gathered outside Cardiff castle to urge the government to take urgent action to tackle climate change. The sight was amazing.

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