Saturday 1 September Day of reflection at Ty Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey from 11 am to 4 pm. (Coffee from 10.30 am). Free event, please bring a packed lunch. We are meeting on the 4th World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – as instituted by Pope Francis.
Sunday 9 September– Share the Journey walk following Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Hereford.
Monday 17 September – Education Refresher Day in the Mostyn Room (next to St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff) 10-4 pm. Existing and potential new School volunteers explore the Family Fast Day resources.
Friday 21 September – Share the Journey walk at The Priory of Our Lady & St Michael, 10 Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD
Saturday 22 September – CAFOD Supporter Day at Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Promenade Terrace, Mumbles SA3 4DR. We have requested a speaker for the event, tbc.
Saturday 29 September – CAFOD Supporter Day at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford, following on from the Soup Kitchen (12-2) starting at 2.30-4 pm. We have requested a speaker for the event tbc.
Friday 5 October – CAFOD Family Fast Day
Saturday 6 October – Oscar Romero talk by Clare Dixon. Clare has been Head of CAFOD’s Latin America programmes for nearly 40 years – and since its inception in 2005 she has been Secretary of the Archbishop Romero Trust. Join us at The Cornerstone, Cardiff (opposite St David’s Cathedral) Time 7 pm (following Mass in the Cathedral at 5.30 pm).
14 October – Canonisation of Oscar Romero
Tuesday 16 October – CAFOD Education training Day 1 for new schools volunteers 10 am – 4 pm. The Mostyn Room, adjacent to St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff (if you are interested in joining our schools volunteer team, please contact email@example.com
Tuesday 23 October – Talk by Barbara Davies on the peace process in Colombia and an update on Hands On. Venue & timing tbc
Saturday 10 November – Campaign retreat day at Downside Abbey (10-4 pm). Countering Consumerism: Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate. All welcome. Book here.
Monday 12 November – Memorial Mass for the Diocese of Menevia at St David’s Priory Church, Swansea at 12.30 pm. All welcome.
Sunday 18 November – World Day of the Poor
Monday 19 November – Memorial Mass for the Cardiff Archdiocese at St Helen’s Church, Nantagarew Road, Caerphilly CF83 3FB at 7 pm. All welcome.
Tuesday 27 November – CAFOD Education Training Day 2 (10-4) in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff.
Thursday 29 November – Campaign Retreat Day of Reflection for parish and campaign volunteers – Ty Croeso Centre, Llantarnam Abbey (11-4). Please bring a packed lunch. All welcome. Please let us know if you are able to attend. Tel: 02920 344882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Herefordshire deanery of parishes attended a presentation on Share the Journey, followed by Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford on Tuesday, 8 May.
Our thanks to the Dean, Fr Matthew Carney for his kind hospitality and welcome.
Share the Journey is a global campaign launched by Pope Francis in Autumn 2017. The Holy Father is hoping that each and every one of us will step up and show our support for refugees and migrants.
The meeting was called to give more background to the campaign and what it is calling for and to ask our supporters and their fellow parishioners to get together to organise a walk in their individual parish – to show solidarity with our neighbours who are fleeing their homes.
Every step we each take, together in our parishes, with our fellow townspeople, with other faith groups, will send a message to world leaders that we want them to step up too.
The aim is to walk 24,900 miles around the world – it isn’t as difficult as you might imagine… you don’t have to attempt the strenuous Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk or the Black Hill (Crib y Garth) in the Black Mountains in Herefordshire… you can just walk inside your church, around the pews, slowly, in pairs – holding the CAFOD action card in your hand, to guide your conversation.
You might walk around the church a couple of times – you might achieve half a mile each, but with a group of people, all walking together, the miles will soon add up…
The action cards include a story, prayers and questions for reflection; a message to send to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling for global agreements which put the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.
You can download a Share the Journey Organiser’s guide and if you order any of the petition cards, you will be sent a copy of the organiser’s guide automatically.
There is an informative Share the Journey factsheet with all the information you need at your fingertips to get started and which you can share with your fellow parishioners.
If you are thinking of inviting your MP, then why not take a look at this template for ideas which you can then personalise.
If you would like us to come along to your parish to give a short presentation on the campaign, we would be delighted to support you.
Lastly, if your parish is getting involved – please, please let us know when and where!
We are here to help publicise your good work and we want to do that as effectively as possible.
You might like to think about holding a walk or card signing during Refugee Week which is from 16-24 June. Some frequently asked questions can be found here.
There is a Share the Journey online petition here which you can sign. Please encourage others to do the same. Thank you.
Here’s the Health and Safety guide for your walk.
If you can’t get together with others to organise a walk, please can we encourage you to organise a petition card signing event after Mass.
Don’t forget to send us any photos you take, and if you have enough time, a few details about what motivated you to get involved and raise your voice in solidarity?
Pupils at St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, Hereford are making their voices heard to the UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson. They are raising their concerns about the lack of access to renewable energy for some of the world’s poorest people.
CAFOD South Wales was invited into the school to talk to members of de Paul at their house assembly, specifically about this issue. CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign is calling for more investment in local, renewable energy in developing countries.
Why? Because 1 in 6 people in the world live without access to electricity. Children have to rely on unpredictable, dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as candles, paraffin lamps and firewood.
Nearly 90 % of people without access to electricity live in villages. It can be difficult and very expensive to extend the electricity grid to homes, clinics and schools in rural areas.
Local, renewable energy can transform the lives of children. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the environment. And the fastest, cheapest and most efficient solution is usually to provide “mini-grids” that are powered by renewable energy.
Blessed Oscar Romero regularly preached how:
“God wants a society where we share the good things that God has given for all of us.”
And at Harvest, we share God’s abundance with our neighbours.
“We plant the seeds that one day will grow.”
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.
On Monday 13 March one of our schools volunteers, Therese Warwick, visited St Francis Xavier’s RC Primary School in Hereford to share the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ at assembly.
Watch the animation here.
This was followed up with a workshop with Year 4 and their class teacher, Mrs George who is also the school’s eco-co-ordinator.