Refresher training day for Schools Volunteers

Our first refresher training day for School volunteers is taking place on Thursday 30 January in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Cardiff-.

This is a twice yearly opportunity for our team of school volunteers to come together to look at the new resources for Lent 2020 – both the assemblies and workshops that we offer to schools across the Archdiocese.

Our Education volunteer co-ordinator contacts schools each term to promote our school volunteers and invite them to take up our offer of an assembly or workshops.  We have an amazing range of resources for schools on offer.

The team does a wonderful job in raising awareness of our work.

We couldn’t make the same impact without the generous gift of their time, their enthusiasm and good humour.  Their commitment to CAFOD is inspiring!

This month we are getting ready for Lent 2020.  We’ll be focusing on the Amazon rainforest and the problems of deforestation and protecting human rights.   

We want to help pupils to understand how CAFOD is working with communities around the world to support people defending their rights. And for children to to see the relationship between taking action and supporting communities overseas.

Continue reading

Zimbabwe and Zambia Food Crisis – our emergency response

For several months, we have been monitoring a situation of drought and food shortage in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Climate change in that region means temperatures are rising, water has become increasingly scarce, and harvests have failed.

The situation has escalated and we are now responding to this food crisis with emergency aid.  Our local aid experts are supporting the worst-affected communities.

We have so far committed over £160,000 to the emergency response.

This currently includes delivering emergency food aid to the people in greatest need, through our Church network, and creating access to safe, clean water through new pipelines, boreholes and water points.

Continue reading

Changemakers in Lima

Paolo, 19

Make these images come to life! Download Zappar from the App store or Google Play. Open Zappar and scan these photos.

Paolo lives in Lima, the second driest capital city in the world.

Climate change is hitting the city hard, with predictions that Lima could run out of drinking water in less than 20 years. CAFOD is supporting local experts to work with Paolo and other young people to raise awareness about these issues.

High in the steep hillside at the edge of the city, Paolo and other volunteers are building vital staircases, enabling their neighbours to reach their homes in safety, and escape quickly in the event of a landslide, earthquake or fire.

Paolo is changing the future of his community.

Find out more about Paolo and the other changemakers of Lima, at cafod.org,uk/getinvolved and more about CAFOD’s work in Peru.

Memorial Mass at St Mary’s

Memorial Mass display

Our world can sometimes seem a very unjust place, where people with the loudest
voices get the most attention. But Jesus describes a world turned on its head. A world where suffering people, the meek and those who act with justice, mercy and courage are blessed.

St Mary of the Angels RC Church, Canton

Canon Peter Collins,who recently moved from St David’s Cathedral, to the beautiful parish of St Mary’s, Canon, kindly celebrated a beautiful Mass of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on Saturday 20 November.

Many thanks too, to Deacon Maurice Scanlon for his inspiring homily.

CAFOD’s Book of Remembrance containing all the names of supporters and volunteers who have died this year was placed next to the Archdiocese’s own Book of Remembrance which was on display for the month of November.

One of corporal works of mercy is to pray for the dead and CAFOD’s annual Memorial Mass remembers the many wonderful CAFOD supporters and volunteers from across the Archdiocese and around the country who have died.

Books of Remembrance – CAFOD and St Mary’s parish

Also remembered were all those who have a CAFOD candlelight fund in memory of a loved one and all those who have donated to CAFOD through their will.

If your parish would like to host the 2020 Memorial Mass for the Archdiocese, please get in touch with us: southwales@cafod.org.uk or call the volunteer centre in Cardiff on 02920 444 882 or Therese on 07823 445112.

Apologies for the late posting of this article.

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

messages to the brave.jpg

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.

Continue reading

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,

Continue reading

@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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading