St Illtyd’s and a Rough Guide to CAFOD and the Refugee Crisis

Mr David Lewis, Head teacher at St Illtyd’s Catholic Primary School in Bonymaen, Swansea welcomed CAFOD in to the whole school assembly on Thursday 6 April where the children were given a “Rough Guide to CAFOD”

What does the D in CAFOD stand for?

Well it’s development.  And this was a great opportunity to explain what a development agency is and that development is about supporting people in poor communities to receive basic rights such as food, water, health care and education as well as a way to earn money to support themselves.

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Our Lady’s School in Hereford remembers plight of refugees

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Just before the children broke up for the Christmas holidays, CAFOD visited Our Lady’s RC Primary School in Hereford to talk to the children about the legacy of the Year of Mercy and the plight of refugees around the world. Continue reading

Ross school welcomes Lampedusa Cross

St Joseph's RC Primary, Ross-on-Wye

St Joseph’s RC Primary, Ross-on-Wye

St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Ross-on-Wye has a new head teacher, Mrs Hayley Francis. Mrs Francis kindly welcomed CAFOD into school during Advent to talk about refugees and migrants and to make their own “pilgrimage” in school. Continue reading

World Gifts and compassion at St David’s School

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On Thursday before the season of Advent began, Mrs Angela Heald, acting Headteacher at St David’s Primary School in West Cross in Swansea invited CAFOD South Wales to talk to the pupils about World Gifts.

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Sacred Heart Morriston closes the Year of Mercy

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On Sunday 20 November, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Sacred Heart parish in Morriston, Swansea celebrated a wonderful Mass and final pilgrimage to mark the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

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St Joseph’s shows solidarity with refugees

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On Thursday, 3 November, St Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School in Swansea hosted the Lampedusa Cross at their school.

Following morning assembly, Year 4 children with their class t of “Welcoming the Outsider” and to show solidarity with refugees.eacher, Mrs Philippart, gathered in the hall to reflect on the Corporal work of Mercy

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Door of Mercy in Swansea’s oldest church and the Lampedusa Cross

Canon Flook with parishioner from St David's Priory

The oldest Roman Catholic Church in Swansea is also one of the designated Holy Doors of Mercy in Menevia.

And we are delighted to announce that St David’s Priory has been hosting a Lampedusa Cross since Thursday 29 September where it is due to remain until Monday 10 October.

Canon Michael Flook, V.F. and his parish community invited CAFOD’s Community Participation Co-ordinator in Menevia, Therese Warwick, to give a presentation around the Year of Mercy.

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Lampedusa Cross reaches out to Hwllfordd

Fr Liam Bradley with members of the Youth Group

Pembrokshire in South-west Wales is the latest county in the Menevia diocese to welcome the Lampedusa Cross.

The parish church of Saint David and St Patrick in the county town of Haverfordwest hosted the Cross on Thursday 22 September to begin a Week of Prayer for the Year of Mercy.

Fr Liam Bradley become parish priest here at the beginning of August, having previously been curate to Fr Owen McGreal, who recently retired.

The parish also serves the church of the Immaculate Conception in Narberth.

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Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage

Fr Nick James and parishioners from St Frances of Rome and St Mary's

Pope Francis encourages us all to make a pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy as a sign of our ongoing journey of conversion and spiritual renewal.

Parishioners from St Frances of Rome, Ross-on-Wye and St Mary’s, Monmouth responded to this invitation when they came together to organise their own Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage on Tuesday 20 September to show solidarity with the thousands of refugees who are leaving their homes to escape from war, poverty and persecution.

The Lost Family Portraits were shown in the parish room before the pilgrimage began at 5.30 p.m.

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A new Holy Door of Mercy at St Mary’s Carmarthen

Bishop Thomas Matthew Burns dedicated St Mary’s Church in Carmarthen a Holy Door of Mercy in the Menevia diocese on 31 July 2016.

Fr Pius with altar servers and Lampedusa Cross by the Year of Mercy at St Mary's

Fr Pius Augustine with his altar servers at the Holy Door of Mercy

So it seemed especially fitting that Fr Pius Augustine welcomed the Lampedusa Cross to his beautiful parish for the weekend of 20-21 August.

Following an uplifting celebration of Mass on Sunday morning, parishioners attended a presentation on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy where we explored what Mercy means to each of us. Continue reading