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.

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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.

Today is the Feast of St Francis of Assisi

World Day of Prayer for the Care of all Creation prayer image

Lord God,

You are love and charity,

you are wisdom,

you are humility,

you are patience,

you are beauty,

you are sweetness,

you are safety,

you are rest,

you are joy,

you are our hope and our delight,

you are jLive SImplyustice,

you are moderation

you are all our wealth

and riches overflowing.

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Swansea church invites a change of heart

Jane, Sally & StuartSt David’s Priory RC Church in Swansea invited their parish community to a change of The shared table heart on Sunday 22 September at a special Mass to celebrate creation.

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:25).  God’s gaze, at the beginning of the bible, rests lovingly on his creation.  From habitable land to life-giving waters, from fruit-bearing trees to animals that share our common home, everything is dear in the eyes of God, who offers creation to men and women as a precious gift to be preserved.”

Pope Francis on the World Day of Prayer for Creation   1 September 2019

The Creation Celebration Mass was introduced by two long-serving parish volunteers, Sally Meredith and Stuart Harper, ably supported by Mary, Geraldine, Maureen and Jane.

Barely a day goes by when the newspapers don’t have an article about climate change.  They highlight that the critical time is NOW!

The idea was to come together and engage in a conversation about climate change which is a concern for the whole parish community and to share ideas.

To prepare for the the event, parishioners were also invited to bring in any articles and photos that had made an impact on them and pin them to the display board in church. .

Planet; the creation given to us by our Father to nurture, not plunder.

Pope Francis invites us to a change of heart; individually, as a community and at international level, so we may truly respond to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. LS#49

A superb choir provided the music and lead the congregation with wonderful hymns including: “Here I am Lord” “We come to your feast” “Bread for the world” and “Christ be our light.”

The special the bidding prayers were said in four different languages: Hindi, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish as well as being translated back into English.

It was a very inclusive Mass.  And it was super to see so many young altar servers attending Canon Flook at Mass.

A shared table was organised for after Mass and parishioners and items to bring were carefully co-ordinated to avoid wastage.  There was a wonderful offering of food.

There was a marvellous response from the parish and Stuart Harper compered a climate quiz during lunch. Fabulous entertainment was provided by Keith & Co.

It was a wonderful occasion.  Thanks to a committed, knowledgeable and prayerful parish volunteer team, Canon Flook and enthusiastic fellow parishioners.

Find out more about CAFOD’s action on climate change here. 

Sign the petition to ask the government to stop funding fossil fuels overseas.

Download a prayer for the Care of Creation to use in your parish.

Caerphilly Creation Celebration Mass in The Universe

Celebrate God’s gift of creation during Creation Time – 1 September – 4 October with Creation Celebration Mass in your parish and over simple refreshments after Mass ask your fellow parishioners to sign our petition to the government.

The UK government has announced that it will commit in law a by-2050 net zero emissions target. This is good news BUT we now need ambitious and urgent policies to make this announcement a reality.

We’ve produced a “net zero” factsheet which explains what the campaign is asking for.

Sign online here or download a copy of the offline petition and invite your parish community to make their concerns about climate change heard.

Don’t forget to invite your MP or AM to your Creation celebration and why not send them a copy of your petition too.  Here are some useful templates to use to write to them.

Take a look at these prayers of intercession for the climate.

The UK Student Climate Network is co-ordinating a climate strike on Friday 20 September – meeting outside Cardiff Castle at 10 am.

We are NOT encouraging school children to go out on strike. This is something for young people to discuss with their parents and teachers.

We are encouraging everyone, adults and children alike, to stand in solidarity with those young people who are striking on Friday.  Pope Francis has consistently reminded us that the climate crisis we face is urgent and that inter-generational justice is a key element of this.

We have a range of resources for primary and secondary schools to get clued up on climate change and everybody can play their part by writing to their MP and letting them know that they want to see action on climate change.

CAFOD staff have been encouraged to use their lunch breaks to attend local protests, to pray for those taking part in the strikes and to let their MPs know they want to see political action on climate change.

CAFOD campaigns for political action on climate change because it is already having a devastating impact on the poor communities we work with around the world. This campaigning is within our remit as an international development charity dedicated to people living in poverty overseas.

LOVE IS CIVIC & POLITICAL: Our Faith and the Common Good

You are warmly invited to join us for a CAFOD Faith in Action day.

Previously known as retreats, the Faith in Action days are free and open to all; whether you are new to campaigning, want to learn more about campaigning or you joined us a long time ago, you are very welcome. 

From Trump to Brexit to climate, politics is everywhere. But when should we pray from the side-lines and when should we roll up our sleeves?

The Church here and around the world has a proud history of encouraging Catholics’ political reflection and action. With amazing results.

At this CAFOD day, we’ll explore the links between faith and politics.

Join us and reflect on Scripture and Church teaching.

Sign up on Eventbrite today.

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DEPUTY HEAD OF AFRICA TO SPEAK AT ALL SAINTS NEWPORT

You are warmly invited to St Mary’s Stow Hill (All Saints Pastoral Area) – St Mary’s Institute (parish hall), Stow Hill, Newport (NP20 1TP) on Saturday 21 September at 3.30 pm to meet Damian Marchant – deputy Head of Region for Africa at CAFOD – who will give an update on CAFOD’s work around the world.

James joined CAFOD in 2007 and served overseas for seven years in Latin America and three years in Africa. He will give us a snapshot of the complexity of operating in some extremely insecure environments.

CAFOD has worked in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1970s and James currently holds operation responsibility for CAFOD’s overseas programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and eSwatini (Swaziland).

James will also cover how CAFOD works hand in hand with the church and how knowledge of the local context allows CAFOD to work with communities in a way that is so inspiring.

Come and hear how your support for CAFOD contributes to positive change in the lives of so many communities.

Free event with tea & coffee available.  Feel free to bring a friend or fellow parishioner.  You will all be welcome.

Mass follows at 4.30 p.m.

Further information from CAFOD South Wales on 02920 344 822 or email: southwales@cafod.org.uk

 

CAFOD AND WORKING WITH OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

You are very welcome to join us on Thursday 19 September 2019 for our termly Education refresher training update which will be held in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint David in Cardiff (right next door to M & S).

If you think would like to join our team of volunteers working in the Archdiocese of Cardiff, then get in touch

We’d love to have a chat and invite you in to the volunteer centre in the heart of Cardiff to tell you all about what’s involved.  It’s as little or as much as you want to commit.

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Six years on from Pope Francis’ visit to Lampedusa

Pope Francis offered a Mass ijn St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Monday (8th July) commemorating his visit to Lampedusa six years ago, praying for all migrants who have either died or been abused along their route.
“On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those ‘least ones’ who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them,” 
“These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary,”

First Creation Celebration Mass in Menevia

On Saturday 25 July Our Lady, Star of the Sea parish in Burry Port hosted a Creation Mass at their 6.30 evening service.  The celebrant was the parish priest Fr Martin Donnelly.  The church was transformed into the Garden of Eden by Fr Martin to reflect the beauty and wonder of creation. This included the altar being festooned with animals and clouds, the sun, the moon and stars provided by the local school being hung nearby.

As parishioners and invited guests arrived for the Saturday Vigil they witnessed the transformation and listened to bird song until Mass began.

Fr Martin explained the importance holding a special Creation Celebration Mass and remembering how God had entrusted the care of Creation to us.  He also stressed the importance of listening to Pope Francis; in Laudato Si‘ the Holy Father has described how our beautiful planet has been despoiled and exploited for profit. We all need to value Creation.

“Creation is the order of love.  God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things.”  Laudato Si #77

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