Retired South Wales Teacher Receives Blessing From Pope for 25 Years of Volunteering

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On Sunday 6th October, Sandra Davies was awarded a Papal Blessing in recognition of her dedicated volunteering and commitment to CAFOD.

Sandra Davies presented with an unexpected Papal Blessing

A former Port Talbot teacher, Sandra Davies, has been presented with an award from Pope Francis for her 25 years of volunteering and helping to educate others on development issues. To the surprise and delight of the congregation, Fr Neil Evans presented the award on behalf of Pope Francis at the end of Sunday Mass on Sunday 6th October at St Joseph’s Church in Neath.

The church was beautifully decorated for Harvest and over 70 parishioners, keen to support Sandra and all she has done, attended Mass, which was beautifully led by pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Neath. There was joyous singing, thanksgiving hymns, contributions for the local food bank and a superb celebration cake made by a fellow parishioner, Desiree Nicholas.

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Thanking Sandra’s meaningful and life-saving work

After Mass, Sandra shared her experience of volunteering with us and thanked everyone who attended. She was described by our South Wales representative, Therese Warwick, as “a very modest and self-effacing person with a heart of gold who has quietly got on with supporting Fr Neil Evans”. We are incredibly grateful for her unwavering support over the years.

“Sandra has a long history of working to educate children and young people about issues that affect global communities – and has helped people in the local community to better understand the issues that are facing some of the poorest communities around the world.”

From everyone at CAFOD, we want to say a massive congratulations to Sandra for her Papal Blessing- it is truly well-deserved.

We wouldn’t be able to continue our work around the world without admirable volunteers like Sandra. She has done everything from speaking at school to fundraising, taking part in charity events and campaigning, and it was wonderful to see everyone support her on this special day.

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How can you get involved?

We have over 5,000 volunteers across England and Wales who help to educate, campaign and raise their voice on issues affecting some of the poorest communities in the world. Whether you have been with us for years or you’re just starting your journey, get involved by visiting cafod.org.uk/volunteering or email southwales@cafod.org.uk.

How can I put my faith into action?

sister-karen-joined-tens-of-thousands-of-people-marching-through-london-for-action-on-climate-change-louise-norton-cafodAt CAFOD, we see our Catholic faith as the basis of how we transform people’s lives around the world.

Just as you might look to prayer for guidance in other areas of our life, you can also look to prayer for support in political and social issues.

It’s a theme that’s present in our charity ethos too, and we encourage you to give, act and pray to continue our life-changing work around the world.

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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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Memorial Mass for Menevia

P1180203On Monday 12 November our Memorial Mass for the Menevia Diocese took place at St David’s Priory in Swansea. We are very grateful to Canon Michael Flook for celebrating such a beautiful Mass which was an opportunity to come together and remember all those who have died and who continue to touch our lives.

Huge thanks to our wonderful parish volunteers, Stuart, Sally and Mary who ensured that readers, music and refreshments were all organised. It was lovely to see parishioners and supporters from parishes across the Swansea deanery who joined us. Continue reading

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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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

4 October – Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi

Today, 4 October marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and of the environment. Here we look at the significance of today, in light of Laudato Si’ and the recently proclaimed World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. 

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St. Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata.

4 October is recognised by Christians worldwide as the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. Born to a merchant family in 12th century Italy, Francis renounced his title and inheritance in order to live amongst the poor, he eventually founded what would become the Franciscan Order.

Learn more about Laudato Si’ and St. Francis of Assisi

Pope Gregory IX canonised Francis in 1228 and he became the patron saint of animals and the environment. This was due to his profound reverence for God’s creation and his belief that all creatures are brothers and sisters under God.

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