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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Menevia schools get Fishy for Lent

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St Mary’s Primary School, Pembroke Dock on Valentine’s Day

It’s been a busy time for our Schools volunteers team as they have been out and about visiting schools across the Archdiocese.

In Menevia, on Valentine’s Day St Mary’s Primary School in Pembroke Dock welcomed us into school to learn all about how a fish farming project in Zambia is transforming lives – the children loved the video of Bob, the fish that’s he size of your thumb!p1150290

We also talked about Green Hearts for Valentine’s Day.  We were making and sharing a green heart to show our love for our world and how much we need to take care of it to reduce the impact of climate change. #ShowTheLove

The whole school assembly was followed up by a Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage with Years 4, 5 and 6.

Many of our neighbours around the world struggle to make ends meet.  They don’t even have enough money to buy the basics in life that we take for granted – like food, a home and clothes.

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Laudato Si’ workshop with St Teilo’s Primary School

 

On Monday 27 February, just before Lent started, St Teilo’s Primary school in Tenby learned how we can help to change this by joining with other schools across England and Wales to Turn little fish into Big fish in the whole school assembly.

Morning assembly was followed by a workshop for Year 5  and 6 exploring Laudato Si’  The Pope’s encyclical discusses the damage being inflicted on the Earth by humans and calls on ‘every person living on this planet’ to make urgent changes to our lifestyles and how we consume energy in order to protect the planet.

Take a look at our Laudato Si’ animation.

The day after Lent began, we travelled to St Joseph’s Junior School in Port Talbot to share the story of Florence’s transformation through fish farming with the help of CAFOD’s partners in Zambia.

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St Joseph’s Junior School, Port Talbot

After break Year 5 and Year 6 also followed the Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage action – and wrote some beautiful and poignant messages of hope for refugees.

The following day we were delighted to meet pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Neath.  One of our newest school volunteers, Jane, delivered the Lent Fast Day assembly and was delighted with interest in CAFOD at the school.  She was particularly delighted to learn that St Joseph’s is an “eco friendly” school which strives to recycle as much waste as possible and encourages healthy snacks for children such as fruit, which is not packaged which helping us all to care for our common home.

schoolchildrenWe are always on the look out for more people to join our growing team of Education volunteers in Menevia.

Does this appeal to you?

Please get in touch if you would like some further details.

We all feel that it is such a rewarding role and a real privilege to work with the young people and dedicated staff in our Catholic schools in the diocese.

 

New Year resolutions to live more simply

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Parishioners from the LiveSimply group from St Mary’s in Monmouth and St Frances of Rome, Ross-on-Wye have been getting together over the last six months to explore ways to live more simply in their respective communities.

The first meeting of the new year saw the group hone in on planning the actions that they wish to take going forward.  Pope Francis has called on us all to make simple daily gestures to care for the world’s poorest people, for future generations and for the earth, our common home. Continue reading

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

Blaenavon parish discovering the face of mercy

blaenavonParishioners from the parish of The Sacred Heart and St Felix in Blaenavon, and St Alban’s in Pontypool gathered for a lunchtime talk to reflect on the Pope’s teaching around the Year of Mercy. Led by Kieran O’Brien, the talk offered the parishioners an opportunity to reflect on Pope Francis’ teachings using art to discuss the meaning of mercy.  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

St Helen’s and the Lampedusa Cross

The Lampedusa Cross is continuing its journey across the Archdiocese of Cardiff and for the past fortnight has been hosted at St Helen’s in Caerphilly.

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One of our loyal volunteers, Berenice Williams, was on hand to help with the CAFOD display which is accompanying the Lampedusa Cross and which draws on some of Pope Francis’ teachings about Welcoming the Stranger, especially during this Holy Year of Mercy.

“We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees… are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.”  Pope Francis

Lampedusa Cross before the altar

The Lampedusa Cross before the altar

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Lampedusa Cross travels to Powys

Fr Michael with parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Knighton & Our Lady of the Assumption & St Therese Presteigne

Fr Michael with parishioners from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour & St Nicholas, Knighton and Assumption of Our Lady & St Therese, Presteigne and St Francis of Assisi, Rhayader and other Christian denominations in Knighton

The beginning of August saw the Lampedusa Cross continue its journey across the parishes of Menevia, travelling through the beautiful Herefordshire and Powys countryside to arrive at the lovely market town of Knighton and the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Nicholas.

The church is served from Rhayader (St Francis of Assisi) by Fr Michael Akpoghiran who also ministers to the church in Presteigne (Assumption of Our Lady and St Therese). Continue reading