CREATION CELEBRATION MASS AT ST HELEN’S CAERPHILLY – Monday 2 September at 12 noon

All are invited to come to a Creation Celebration Mass at St Helen’s RC Church, Caerphilly on Monday 2 September at 12 noon.

Mass will be outside on the lawn (weather permitting) or in the hall.

Mass will be followed by a bring-and-share picnic.

Join us to give special thanks for the gift of creation
and to pray for our common home.

Let us know you are attending by registering your interest for this free event at Eventbrite.

God has entrusted the care of Creation to us.

Pope Francis, in Laudato Si‘ describes how our beautiful planet has been despoiled and exploited for profit. We all need to value Creation.

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St Helen’s and the Lampedusa Cross

The Lampedusa Cross is continuing its journey across the Archdiocese of Cardiff and for the past fortnight has been hosted at St Helen’s in Caerphilly.

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One of our loyal volunteers, Berenice Williams, was on hand to help with the CAFOD display which is accompanying the Lampedusa Cross and which draws on some of Pope Francis’ teachings about Welcoming the Stranger, especially during this Holy Year of Mercy.

“We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees… are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.”  Pope Francis

Lampedusa Cross before the altar

The Lampedusa Cross before the altar

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St Rock celebrated in Caerphilly

The feast of St Rock was celebrated at St Helen’s, Caerphilly on August 16th with Fr John Kelly’s congregation boosted by the addition of much-loved pets that had St Helen's church Caerphilly - interior with Lampedusa Cross and YoM displayaccompanied their owners to Mass.

I first noticed a small dog sitting next to its owner at the front of the church.  ~This was the very first time I had seen a dog attending Mass – but no-one seemed to be at all surprised by the dog’s intermittent requests for attention.

As Mass progressed I realised that that there were quite a few more dogs dotted about the pews, but I still had no iSt Rockdea that the parish was celebrating the feast day of the patron saint of dogs – St Rock.

Man’s (and woman’s) best friends received a special blessing at the end of the celebration.  It really was lovely.

More of why I was at visiting the parish later, but it was a wonderful introduction to St Rock, who must have a special place in any dog owner’s heart.

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Caerphilly CAFOD groups Flower Festival entries challenge perceptions

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Gina and Geraldine’s entry

On 25-26 June, Caerphilly celebrated its 10th annual flower festival. As there was no theme this year, some members of the CAFOD group in Caerphilly chose to create entries around the parables of Mercy and CAFOD campaigns, to raise awareness of climate change and the impact of the refugee crisis.

Every year, the flower festival sees a wide range of entries, from the traditional to the unusual. The town puts on a free shuttle bus for the weekend which runs from local churches, Caerphilly library, and Twyn Community centre so the community can see all the different entries.

This year, CAFOD volunteers, Berenice Williams, Geraldine Holmes and Gina Jenkins decided to base their entries around CAFOD campaigns ‘One Climate, One World’ and the Refugee Action.

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Cycling for Sebeya

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Congratulation to our star supporter Chris Jones, whose mother-in-law Berenice Williams is a leading member of the CAFOD group at St Helen’s in Caerphilly, for competing in the Velathon that took place here in South Wales on June 14th. Continue reading

St Helen’s in Caerphilly hosts St David’s Day tea

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To celebrate St David’s Day, the CAFOD group from St Helen’s parish in Caerphilly held a Welsh tea. The group sold home-made cakes including Bara Brith, Tiesen lap and Aberffraw cakes to over 80 people from the parish. Continue reading