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

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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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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Welsh Martyrs and Pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy

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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

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.

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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