Her mission was to find enough sponsors to reach her goal of funding a CAFOD World Gift – a Health Centre. This amazing World Gift can pay for the running costs of a life-saving clinic in a remote community. It keeps the clinic stocked with medicines, medical equipment and even provides petrol for the clinic ambulance, giving vulnerable people vital access to much needed healthcare.
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.
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 →
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.
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 tof “Welcoming the Outsider” and to show solidarity with refugees.eacher, Mrs Philippart, gathered in the hall to reflect on the Corporal work of Mercy
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.
Pope Francis has asked that this Jubilee Year of Mercy should be one big pilgrimage.
He has spoken about the spirituality and devotion of those who go on pilgrimages as an expression of their faith and a form of evangelization which should be promoted and valued more.
On October 25 1970 Pope Paul VI canonized the 40 martyrs of England and Wales, amongst them were St John Kemble (1599 – 22 August 1679) and the last Welsh martyr, St David Lewis (1616 – 27 August 1679).Continue reading →
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 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 →