Harvest Fast Day – focus on El Salvador

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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Bridgend pupils fundraising extravaganza raises over £1,700 for CAFOD

Year 8 pupils took part in a fun run for CAFOD

Year 8 pupils took part in a fun run for CAFOD

During the last week of the spring term, pupils at Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, Bridgend, joined together to organise a host of  Lent events; not only did they have a lot of fun, they raised lots of funds for the Lent appeal. 

Lent Fast Day is one of CAFOD’s most important annual fundraising campaigns

Throughout the week, many events took place including a bush tucker trial, a sponsored run, bake sales, a movie screening and fishing game. The total for the week is well over £1,700, with the winning form class raising over £450.

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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.

Christmas greetings to all in Cardiff and Menevia

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CAFOD volunteers get together to enjoy a Christmas lunch and chew the fat over a busy 2016.

Merry Christmas to all of our friends across the dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia.

On Monday 12 December, we were very pleased to welcome some of our wonderful volunteers to the Cardiff Volunteer Centre to participate in a short Advent service and enjoy a festive lunch.

A dozen of some of our most dedicated volunteers were in attendance and it was a wonderful opportunity to get together and discuss all that has gone on in our parishes and schools in 2016. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces and share our experiences of supporting CAFOD over the last year. Continue reading

Pope calls for new Spiritual and Corporal Work of Mercy

Africa-Kenya-plain_opt_fullstory_largeThursday 1 September was the second World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and Pope Francis has used the day to say that destroying our environment is a sin.

Pope Francis yet again showed his knack for surprises and his openness to “newness” by adding the care of creation to the traditional sets of both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Our eighth work of corporal and spiritual work of mercy is ‘To care for our common home’.  

It calls for a “grateful contemplation of God’s world.” And “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.” Continue reading

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.

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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

Caritas Social Action Network Roadshow

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CAFOD South Wales joined the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) at their Cardiff roadshow focusing on poverty.

The Social Action Roadshow brought together Catholic charities, clergy, parishioners and other local projects to explore the social action projects already being undertaken throughout the Archdiocese and to look at new ways to build on Pope Francis’s call to be a ‘Church for the Poor’. Continue reading