Upcoming events

We don’t usually publish an Ebulletin in August as so many people are away, but we thought that it would be useful to give you an early heads up of dates for forthcoming events.

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 OctoberCAFOD Education training Day 1 for new schools volunteers 10 am – 4 pm.  The Quaker Meeting House in Cardiff (past St David’s Cathedral and the Cornerstone and keep walking). If you are interested in joining our schools volunteer team, please contact southwales@cafod.org.uk

Wednesday 24 October – Talk by Barbara Davies on the peace process in Colombia and an update on Hands On. 12 noon at The Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3AP

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 NovemberMemorial 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 southwales@cafod.org.uk

43 parishioners, 4 dogs and 1 MP Share the Journey/Rhannu’r Daith

On Sunday, 15 July, 43 parishioners from St Helen’s RC parish in Caerphilly (plus 4 dogs) answered Pope Francis’s call to ShareThe Journey which calls on us all to be “welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees.”

Parish priest, Father John Kelly, welcomed the walkers and the group was blessed with good weather (32 degree heat!) as they set off from the church at 3 pm to walk around the beautiful and historic Caerphilly Castle.

Long-serving local MP for Caerphilly, Wayne David, joined the walk and added his support to the global campaign which is calling on the UK government to take a lead when the United Nations meet in September and December this year to agree new global agreements on refugees and migrants.

These agreements will set the tone for many years to come on how refugees are treated and welcomed around the world.

“Refugees are not numbers to be distributed and allocated, but persons with a name, a story, with hopes and aspirations.”

 

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Upcoming Share the Journey walks around the Archdiocese of Cardiff

We are delighted with the response to the Share the Journey campaign from the parishes around the Archdiocese.

The campaign has gathered enough momentum to have already reached its initial target of walking around the world: 24,900 miles.  We are hoping that this will get the attention of world leaders… please consider lobbying your MP.

We have a very useful and powerful scheme for MP Correspondents – people around the country who undertake to write to their local MP – a couple of times a year – to try to influence them to act on behalf of the world’s poorest people. Will you join us?

So now we are embarked on a SECOND walk around the world!

Since writing this we have already walked three times around the world in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.  We are now trying to make it a fourth time….

Please continue to respond to Pope Francis’ call for us all to to act in solidarity with refugees and migrants.

And getting involved in the Share the Journey campaign is just one way in which we can all respond.

So please sign up to add your voice to this important campaign which is lobbying the UK government to play a leading role when the United Nations agree new global agreements on the rights of refugees and migrants in September this year.

We are praying, walking, signing cards and lobbying our MPs to ask that these agreements are compassionate, respectful of human dignity and keep families together.

“God overturns every human preconception and prejudice which prevent us from grasping reality.” Pope Francis

So it’s an enormous thank you to the parishes who have already taken part by organising petition card signings or Share the Journey parish walks.

It’s easy to sign the petition online.

And there’s plenty of time for your parish and/or parish groups such as a Justice & Peace group, UCM, CWL or SVP, Catenians, etc to get involved….

Here is a list of upcoming parish walks which anyone is welcome to join.  Why not invite a friend along too?  The list will be updated with every new walk that is added and please don’t forget to let us know how you are getting involved.

Sunday 15 July – St Helen’s RC Church, Nantgarw Road, Caerphilly CF83 3FB.  Leaving St Helen’s church at 2.30 pm to walk around Caerphilly Castle.

Wednesday 18 July – St Mary’s RC Church, Edith Road, Dinas Powys, Cardiff CF64 4AD. Leaving the church at 6.30 pm.

Saturday 21 July – St David’s Priory Church, St David’s Place, Swansea SA1 3NG.  Meet at the Beaufort Arms, Kittle at 9.45 am for a prompt 10.00 am departure.  This is a social walk around the Gower of 11 miles but with an option to complete one section of 5.5 miles (phone Ben on 07967 077002 for details).  Gower terrain, walking shoes, trainers are fine as long as the good weather persists.  Please bring snacks, plenty to drink and a packed lunch which we will share at the viewpoint of Penmaen.  Finish back at the Beaufort arms at around 4.30 pm.

Thursday 26 July – Holy Cross, Heol y Bryn, Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire SA15 5AG.  Walk at 6.30 pm along Kidwelly Quay. About 3 mile walk. Meet at Grid Reference: SN398064, the main car park at Kidwelly Quay.

Saturday 11 August – Holy Name, Fishguard and St Michael’s in St David’s – Start from Caerfai Bay car park postcode SA62 6QS at 3 pm.  Walking 2 miles to St Non’s Retreat Centre where the Nuns have kindly offered to provide us with a cuppa! Then back to the car park at Caerfai  Bay.

Sunday 19 August – St Michael’s Church in Brecon LD3 9AB. Meet at the church to start at 3 pm.  Accessible walk.

Sunday 9 September – Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Church, 101 Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7JR.  Walking around Our Lady’s RC Primary School field, immediately after the 9.30 am Mass.

Friday 21 September – Our Lady & St Michael RC Church, 10, Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD. Time to be confirmed.

You can find out more about CAFOD’s work with refugees here.

 

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight! Meet Fr John Joseph at St Helen’s, Caerphilly on Sunday 11 March

We are in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight!  (26 February – 11 March)
So what exactly is Fairtrade?
Well it’s about choosing products that change lives.
Their mission statement is:
We want a world in which justice & sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.
To achieve this vision, Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged.
It’s still a shocking fact that millions of farmers and workers who produce the food we love, still don’t earn enough money to feed their own families.
Fairtrade Fortnight shines a spotlight on trade.
When we reach for our favourite food and drink every day without ever thinking where it comes from, we become part of the problem.  We may be feeding exploitation.
When you choose Fairtrade you are helping to make sure that the person who grew the banana you are eating or the coffee beans used to make your favourite cuppa, was paid fairly for their work.
There are over 1.65 million farmers and workers across more than 74 countries participating in Fairtrade.  Find out more about them here.
Watch the short film about Pablo, the Super Banana… it’s designed for young primary school children – but I learned a lot about Fairtrade too!
Watch the film Make Bananas Fair to discover more about Foncho, a banana farmer from Colombia and see how Fairtrade makes a real difference to the lives of Foncho, his family and their community.
It’s only 3 minutes long!  “Make Bananas Fair”
So why does CAFOD support Fairtrade?
Because CAFOD founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

We believe we are all part of the global food system – which means we have the power to change it.

Changing the food we buy and choosing products from Fairtrade companies is one of the ways we can help tackle poverty.  Learn more about CAFOD and Fairtrade.

Why not consider asking your parish to become a Fairtrade parish? 

And let’s not forget that Cardiff is the first Fairtrade capital city in the world!

With over 1500 Fairtrade towns and cities across the world, Cardiffians should be proud of this title which demonstrates that you’re capable of green, ethical living with fair outcomes for all.

If you are holding a coffee morning, Fairtrade stall or event, we’d love to hear from you.  Please send us a couple of sentences about your event and a photo, if you can, and we can tweet or add our support on Facebook.

Fairtrade Wales has organised a visit of their partner, Fr John Joseph on Sunday, 11 March at St Helen’s, Caerphilly. He will be at the 10.30 am. Mass.

Fr John Joseph is Chairman of the WOFFA Co-operative in India and is touring wales between 4-11 March.

Fr John founded WOFFA in 2008 with 400 small-scale farmers in the rural Wayanad region of Kerala, India, known for its panoramic views and the diversity of indigenous tribal communities.

The association arose out of the need to organise, gain knowledge and tackle social, economic and environmental challenges facing farming families.

Under his leadership, WOFFA has grown to almost 8,000 registered members – all certified Fairtrade and organic farmers – who are organised under 450 village groups. It is now the biggest organic and Fairtrade producer organisation in India.

 

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.

Lampedusa Cross display with prayer cards

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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St Rock celebrated in Caerphilly

The feast of St Rock was celebrated at St Helen’s, Caerphilly on August 16th with Fr John Kelly’s congregation boosted by the addition of much-loved pets that had St Helen's church Caerphilly - interior with Lampedusa Cross and YoM displayaccompanied their owners to Mass.

I first noticed a small dog sitting next to its owner at the front of the church.  ~This was the very first time I had seen a dog attending Mass – but no-one seemed to be at all surprised by the dog’s intermittent requests for attention.

As Mass progressed I realised that that there were quite a few more dogs dotted about the pews, but I still had no iSt Rockdea that the parish was celebrating the feast day of the patron saint of dogs – St Rock.

Man’s (and woman’s) best friends received a special blessing at the end of the celebration.  It really was lovely.

More of why I was at visiting the parish later, but it was a wonderful introduction to St Rock, who must have a special place in any dog owner’s heart.

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