Harvest Fast Day – focus on El Salvador

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This Harvest Fast Day we draw inspiration from the Oscar Romero prayer which will be in all the Fast Day packs.

If your parish is holding a Harvest Fast Day collection, the pack will be with all parish priest and parish volunteers in the first week of September.

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Making our voices heard

Fr Nicholas James with members of the liveSimply group, Lynne, Lis, Elizabeth, Kim and Lynne

The July liveSimply meeting at St Mary’s RC Church in Monmouth saw members kick off their parish involvement with CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign. 

Parish priest, Fr Nick James, lead from the front, being the first person to sign a card. 

The campaign card itself is being sent to Melanie Robinson, UK Executive director at the World Bank petitioning her to stay true to the UK’s commitment to tackling poverty and climate change by supporting access to renewable, safe, reliable and affordable energy for the poorest communities. 

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CAFOD in the summer term in schools

David Brinn (trainer) Sue, Chris, John (Cardiff volunteers) and  Jane, Sue and Sarah (Menevia volunteers)

Our team of education volunteers across Cardiff and Menevia had a joint day of working on Monday 15 May when they met together in the Cardiff volunteer centre.

The purpose of the refresher training was to bring together all our wonderful volunteers – experienced and newly-recruited, to explore the resources which we are using in schools during the Summer term and beyond.

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Getting the lowdown on Zambia for Lent

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Supporters from some of the Swansea parishes – thank to Canon Flook and St David’s Priory for hosting

Thank you to everyone who attended the Lent Fast Day briefings around the Archdiocese, following the visit by Sr Yvonne.

We have one briefing still outstanding – in Burry Port on Wednesday 16 March at 6 pm.

We are so grateful for your support and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to share the story behind the Lent appeal more widely.

Florence lost her husband ten years ago in a mining accident.  Despite being a very hardworking mother who is devoted to her family, she struggled to put enough food on the table for her family or to send her younger children to school.

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Supporters from every parish in the Hereford Deanery – special thanks to Fr Matthew Carney at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who have been working in her community for over 20 years, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet, so they gave her 500 tiny fish as well as the tools and the training to build a pond to farm them.

By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to send her children to school – to give them a future.  And Florence is already giving back, sharing what she has with the most vulnerable in her community.

We hope that you have all found the talks, online webinar, briefings or cup of tea meetings useful – we certainly have and it has been lovely to touch base with our wonderful parish volunteers.

If you weren’t able to look join us for the online webinar – all is not lost – you can access it a shorter version here on YouTube.

We showed this powerpoint presentation in the briefings.

And there is a very useful background information sheet on Zambia too.

Other resources you might find useful are a children’s liturgy illustration and a suggested children’s liturgy sheet.

Lent Fast day is this Friday 10 March when we come together to make sacrifices such as eating a simple lunch or supper.

Your sacrifice and donation will support other families like Florence’s so that they too can change their lives.  Just £4 will buy 100 tiny tilapia fish.  £20 will proved the material to build a pond.

Finally, why is so important to consider Gift Aid?  When you donate to CAFOD and fill in the Gift Aid form, you can increase the value of your gift by 25p for every £1 you give – at no extra cost to you. This extra 25 per cent makes a big difference and means that we are able to support our partners with additional funding.   See our Gift Aid video to find out more and to check if you are eligible to Gift Aid your donation.

Last year alone, we raised over £2.6 million through Gift Aid donations.  That extra income has transformed so many lives.  Thank you.

Speaking up for CAFOD and 12,000 feet up in the Andes

Bernadette, Sue (Mumbles) Paul &  Stella (Pontyberem) and Sandra (Neath) with a Lampedusa Cross at the Swansea briefing (Mary from St David's is missing from the photo)

Two parishes in Menevia – St David’s Priory Church in Swansea and Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Llanelli hosted Fast Day briefings for some of our dedicated volunteers earlier this month.

This year the country of focus for Harvest is Bolivia.

It’s a landlocked country in central South America and one third of the country is the Andean mountain range.

It’s the poorest country in South America.

The Altiplano is a vast, inhospitable plain almost 4,000 metres above sea level.

The soil is poor quality because the area is incredibly arid.  The climate is changing and becoming increasingly unpredictable. Continue reading

Schools volunteers needed!

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We are looking to recruit a number of new volunteers in join our Education team working in schools across the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the diocese of Menevia. Continue reading

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). Continue reading

A warm welcome in Llanelli at Our Lady Queen of Peace

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Fr James Sweeney and parishioners

“Jesus Christ is the face of God’s Mercy.”

On Wednesday 6th July, Fr James Sweeney and parishioners from Our Lady Queen of Peace, Llanelli gathered together to reflect on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with Therese Warwick from CAFOD South Wales.

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Bishop Tom welcomes the Lampedusa Cross to Menevia

IMG_9622Bishop Tom Burns welcomed the Lampedusa Cross to the Cathedral Church of St Joseph in Swansea on Monday 4th July.

The cathedral is one of three designated Holy Doors of Mercy in the diocese of Menevia, the other two being the national shrine of Wales at Cardigan, the church of Our Lady of the Taper and St David’s Priory Church in St David’s Place, Swansea.

The idea of pilgrimage is especially powerful in the light of the current
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Lampedusa Cross at the National Shrine of Wales

Our Lady of the Taper

The history of Our Lady of the Taper is linked to a shipwreck in the twelfth century. It seems a statue of Our Lady washed up on the shores of Cardigan Bay in West Wales. As part of the Year of Mercy, Our Lady of the Taper in Cardigan, one of the Holy Doors of Mercy in the Menevia diocese, hosted the Lampedusa Cross, which was placed in the small Shrine chapel, from Friday 17th June until Sunday 3rd July. Continue reading