As part of strengthening relationships with our overseas work to our work in our communities, we are delighted to have Moise and Kelechi visit Cardiff to speak to supporters and volunteers about their work in Niger and Nigeria. The meeting will be held at the Cornerstone on Friday 6 July at 14:00. Continue reading
The Herefordshire deanery of parishes attended a presentation on Share the Journey, followed by Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford on Tuesday, 8 May.
Our thanks to the Dean, Fr Matthew Carney for his kind hospitality and welcome.
Share the Journey is a global campaign launched by Pope Francis in Autumn 2017. The Holy Father is hoping that each and every one of us will step up and show our support for refugees and migrants.
The meeting was called to give more background to the campaign and what it is calling for and to ask our supporters and their fellow parishioners to get together to organise a walk in their individual parish – to show solidarity with our neighbours who are fleeing their homes.
Every step we each take, together in our parishes, with our fellow townspeople, with other faith groups, will send a message to world leaders that we want them to step up too.
The aim is to walk 24,900 miles around the world – it isn’t as difficult as you might imagine… you don’t have to attempt the strenuous Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk or the Black Hill (Crib y Garth) in the Black Mountains in Herefordshire… you can just walk inside your church, around the pews, slowly, in pairs – holding the CAFOD action card in your hand, to guide your conversation.
You might walk around the church a couple of times – you might achieve half a mile each, but with a group of people, all walking together, the miles will soon add up…
The action cards include a story, prayers and questions for reflection; a message to send to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling for global agreements which put the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.
You can download a Share the Journey Organiser’s guide and if you order any of the petition cards, you will be sent a copy of the organiser’s guide automatically.
There is an informative Share the Journey factsheet with all the information you need at your fingertips to get started and which you can share with your fellow parishioners.
If you are thinking of inviting your MP, then why not take a look at this template for ideas which you can then personalise.
If you would like us to come along to your parish to give a short presentation on the campaign, we would be delighted to support you.
Lastly, if your parish is getting involved – please, please let us know when and where!
We are here to help publicise your good work and we want to do that as effectively as possible.
You might like to think about holding a walk or card signing during Refugee Week which is from 16-24 June. Some frequently asked questions can be found here.
There is a Share the Journey online petition here which you can sign. Please encourage others to do the same. Thank you.
Here’s the Health and Safety guide for your walk.
If you can’t get together with others to organise a walk, please can we encourage you to organise a petition card signing event after Mass.
Don’t forget to send us any photos you take, and if you have enough time, a few details about what motivated you to get involved and raise your voice in solidarity?
Family Fast day is on the 23rd of February. To prepare for this appeal we are holding a range of meetings and events to brief you on the Fast Day materials, as well as catch up with you on a few things!
Blessed Oscar Romero regularly preached how:
“God wants a society where we share the good things that God has given for all of us.”
And at Harvest, we share God’s abundance with our neighbours.
“We plant the seeds that one day will grow.”
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We are delighted to be able to offer a day of reflection to all our supporters and volunteers on the vision of Pope Francis for a renewed Church that is more connected to the plight of the poor, and lives out a vocation of helping those in greatest need.
Come and meet our overseas partner who is living out Pope Francis’ call to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Sr Yvonne, who works in Zambia, will be sharing the inspiring story of her work on livelihoods and how she is supporting some of the most vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change. Continue reading
The dates for the Memorial Masses in November, the month of remembrance, are finalised.
In Menevia, the Mass will be celebrated at The Sacred Heart Church in Morriston, Swansea – on Friday 11 November at 7.15 (brief presentation on the Lampedusa Cross) and Mass at 7.30 pm.
In Cardiff the Mass will be at St Joseph’s in Penarth – Friday 25 November at 7 pm. Refreshments will be available after Mass.
Traditionally November is when we make extra time to remember those who have died – especially family, friends and those who have left a lasting impression in our lives.
As this Year of Mercy draws to a close, we are hosting a retreat at Llantarnam Abbey on Sat 12 Nov that will explore how each of us can continue to live out Pope Francis’ call to be “witnesses of mercy” in our families, communities and in our world. Continue reading