A member of our Education volunteers team was given a very warm welcome before assembly and was able to start the morning with an explanation of what the letters that make up CAFOD mean and that CAFOD works and helps people living in poverty, whatever their race, culture and religion. No-one is left out.
On 25-26 June, Caerphilly celebrated its 10th annual flower festival. As there was no theme this year, some members of the CAFOD group in Caerphilly chose to create entries around the parables of Mercy and CAFOD campaigns, to raise awareness of climate change and the impact of the refugee crisis.
Every year, the flower festival sees a wide range of entries, from the traditional to the unusual. The town puts on a free shuttle bus for the weekend which runs from local churches, Caerphilly library, and Twyn Community centre so the community can see all the different entries.
This year, CAFOD volunteers, Berenice Williams, Geraldine Holmes and Gina Jenkins decided to base their entries around CAFOD campaigns ‘One Climate, One World’ and the Refugee Action.
On a cold night, three years ago a boat filled with refugees trying to reach Europe capsized off the coast off Lampedusa.
311 people perished. Moved by the loss of life, local carpenter Francesco Tuccio, made the Lampedusa Cross from the wreckage of the boat and offered this simple, handmade cross to the survivors of the disaster as a sign of hope.
Continuing in our series of Beyond the green envelope talks, we will be exploring Pope Francis’ theme of mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. We will discuss how we can be living signs of mercy to our global neighbours in the world today. How can we overcome a ‘globalisation of indifference’ in our parish community, especially in light of the growing problems around the world?