Romero Festival in South Wales (9-15 March)

Today brought wonderful news from the Vatican: Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle from Blessed Oscar Romero which puts him on the path to canonization.

He was beatified by Pope Francis in May 2015.

Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. He was assassinated on 24 March 1980 as he was celebrating Mass.

At the time, El Salvador was in the grip of a cruel civil war between guerrilla forces on the left and a dictatorial government on the right.

When he was appointed, Oscar Romero was seen as a “safe” pair of hands but during his three short years as Archbishop, and seeing the oppression and violence at first hand, he became an outspoken critic of the injustice he was witnessing all around him. Continue reading

Planting the seeds for Harvest Fast Day

Parishioners from Holy Name, Fishguard at the Harvest briefing

Blessed Oscar Romero regularly preached how:

“God wants a society where we share the good things that God has given for all of us.”

And at Harvest, we share God’s abundance with our neighbours.

“We plant the seeds that one day will grow.”

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Harvest Fast Day – focus on El Salvador

This Harvest Fast Day we draw inspiration from the Oscar Romero prayer which will be in all the Fast Day packs.

If your parish is holding a Harvest Fast Day collection, the pack will be with all parish priest and parish volunteers in the first week of September.

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CAFOD Fast Day Lunch

Lent_lunch_cornerstone_2014Friday the 14th March was the CAFOD Lenten Fast Day and Catholics joined CAFOD staff and supporters at the Cornerstone in Cardiff for a homemade soup and bread lunch.

The lunch took place in The Cornerstone, opposite Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, following the 12.45pm mass and we welcomed around16 people to share in a lunch of soup made by long-time supporters Roswitha and Sheila. Donations from the lunch went towards the CAFOD Lenten appeal.

Many parishes across the dioceses are fundraising in order to support the CAFOD Lenten dig deep appeal whihc has Sierra Leone as its focus country. To find out more about the dig deep campaign and to have a look at resources please see the main CAFOD website here.