Residents pose after receiving assistance from the Catholic Relief Service.
On 28 September 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.
The results were devastating.
More than 2,100 people were killed, and over 11,000 people were seriously injured. The tsunami that was triggered by the earthquake, struck the capital Palu and overwhelmed nearby towns with surges that reached up to three metres.
In the midst of the disaster and destruction, the UK public responded to help to fund an amazing international response.
On Saturday 25 July Our Lady, Star of the Sea parish in Burry Port hosted a Creation Mass at their 6.30 evening service. The celebrant was the parish priest Fr Martin Donnelly. The church was transformed into the Garden of Eden by Fr Martin to reflect the beauty and wonder of creation. This included the altar being festooned with animals and clouds, the sun, the moon and stars provided by the local school being hung nearby.
As parishioners and invited guests arrived for the Saturday Vigil they witnessed the transformation and listened to bird song until Mass began.
Fr Martin explained the importance holding a special Creation Celebration Mass and remembering how God had entrusted the care of Creation to us. He also stressed the importance of listening to Pope Francis; in Laudato Si‘ the Holy Father has described how our beautiful planet has been despoiled and exploited for profit. We all need to value Creation.
“Creation is the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things.” Laudato Si #77
On Midsummer’s Day, June 21, parishioners from a number of parishes in the Archdiocese joined together to take part in a Share the Journey, circular walk around Cardiff Bay, starting out from the Norweigan Church and ending at the Senedd.
The walkers reflected on the stark fact that every minute, 20 people around the world are newly displaced. Half of the world’s refugees are children and thousands take flight without the protection of parents or other family members.
Here are some of their personal reflections on the refugee crisis:
From Roswitha, a parishioner from Penarth (pictured above second from left):
Walking around Cardiff Bay on a lovely summer’s day with a small band of CAFOD supporters was our contribution to Refugee Week and to Pope Francis’ global campaign of ‘Sharing the Journey’ with refugees.
This September, world leaders meet at two crucial summits in New York to discuss the refugee crisis.
Before these summits we have an opportunity to demonstrate to governments around the world that we care about refugees and we want our own countries to do more to support them and to find a long-term solution to the refugee crisis.
A large and varied group of organisations including CAFOD, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) and others are working together to host a march in central London on September 17. Continue reading →