Harvest Fast Day – focus on El Salvador

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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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Creative ideas for Lent at St Francis Xavier’s

On Monday 13 March one of our schools volunteers, Therese Warwick, visited St Francis Xavier’s RC Primary School in Hereford to share the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ at assembly.

Watch the animation here.

This was followed up with a workshop with Year 4 and their class teacher, Mrs George who is also the school’s eco-co-ordinator.

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Pope Francis proposes new Beatitudes

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Back in September 2016  Pope Francis added “To Care for our Common Home” to the traditional sets of both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

And, in case you missed it, he has shown his openness to “newness”  once again – this time on All Saints, November 1 by offering six new Beatitudes for our times. Continue reading

Christmas greetings to all in Cardiff and Menevia

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CAFOD volunteers get together to enjoy a Christmas lunch and chew the fat over a busy 2016.

Merry Christmas to all of our friends across the dioceses of Cardiff and Menevia.

On Monday 12 December, we were very pleased to welcome some of our wonderful volunteers to the Cardiff Volunteer Centre to participate in a short Advent service and enjoy a festive lunch.

A dozen of some of our most dedicated volunteers were in attendance and it was a wonderful opportunity to get together and discuss all that has gone on in our parishes and schools in 2016. It was great to catch up with some familiar faces and share our experiences of supporting CAFOD over the last year. Continue reading

We welcome Emmeline, our summer intern

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We welcome Emmeline to the office, who will work over the summer period as a volunteer intern in the Cardiff office. Read what she has to say here:

“Hello! My name is Emmeline Reynish, I am a twenty two year old student. I recently graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in International Relations with Spanish and have just moved back to Wales. I live in Barry, and so there’s nothing that I enjoy more than heading to the beach and enjoying the great Welsh weather… well, when it manages to not rain! I have also just begun an internship at CAFOD working with the South Wales team. Continue reading

Inspired by Ordinary People: Phil Barrett

IMG_7943Phil Barrett, 68, started volunteering with CAFOD over two years ago, working five days a week out of CAFOD’s Cardiff volunteer centre, covering the large area of South Wales and Herefordshire. His commitment to engaging parishes by looking at each area individually has taught us a new way of engaging with parishes and made hundreds more people aware of the work that CAFOD does. Phil who has sadly recently retired from volunteering with CAFOD talked to Community Participation Co-Ordinator in South Wales, Kieran O’Brian, about his about his volunteering experience.

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