Memorial Masses in Cardiff and Menevia

November is traditionally the month of remembrance in the Catholic Church when we are given the opportunity to reflect on and pray for those who are no longer with us.

This November CAFOD are holding Memorial Masses in each diocese in remembrance of all our supporters and loved ones who have died.

These Masses are our opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made. Without them we would not be able to reach those most in need.

There is a Memorial Mass this evening (Tuesday) 7 November for the Cardiff Archdiocese at 7 pm at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs parish, 101 Belmont Road Hereford by kind permission of Father Mathew Carney OSB.

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Do you know your local MP? Interested in influencing their decisions? We need you!

We are on a bit of a mission to recruit more people who are willing to write to their local MP a few times a year.

These wonderful people are called MP correspondents or MPCs in CAFOD speak.

Your local MP is your link to Parliament. They influence decisions which affect the future of the world’s poorest people.

By agreeing to become a CAFOD MPC, you can raise your voice to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power.

We know that Campaigning works. It’s  powerful because it addresses injustice and poverty head on.

Through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already helped change government policy. We’ve helped secure tough laws to tackle climate change, and ensure the UK is a world leader in its overseas aid contribution.

And it’s thanks to many of you that we’ve also witnessed some historic breakthroughs.

In making your voices heard to your local MP, campaigners are invaluable in supporting CAFOD’s work.

As Adrian Chiles, put it so succinctly:  “At CAFOD we always keep in mind the millions of people around the world still fighting and dying for the rights that we’re exercising here…. We should never take those rights for granted.

“We need our political leaders and MPs to come together and do everything in their power to try to tackle the big issues that affect us all. And we can all do our bit, not just by voting but by speaking to our MPs, marching, signing petitions, doing anything we can to make sure the voices of the poorest communities in the world are heard.”

So we are appealing for more people to come forward and sign up to become an MPC to make sure that our neighbours around the world are kept on the political agenda and not forgotten.

So what is involved?

CAFOD MP Correspondents (MPC) write to their MP to raise awareness and understanding of the causes of poverty and justice.  This is normally linked to CAFOD campaigns – but not always. By writing a letter a few times a year, correspondents start to build a personal connection with their MP and are able to get their attention and give them a mandate to act.

MPCs cover about 80% of the constituencies, that is over 450 MPs. This has enormous potential to influence international and domestic policy.

If you are looking to put your faith into action, but feel you are short of time, then this is the ideal role for you!

When you sign up to be an MPC you will receive letters or emails from us – three or four times a year only, asking you to contact your MP when you can make a real difference.

You can download our helpful MP Correspondent Guide which tells you how to get in touch with your MP and gives you our top lobbying tips.

Letters and emails to MPs have a huge impact, especially when they are personalised and you say why you care about the issue.  MPs know that if one of their constituents writes to them on an issue, there are at least ten others who do care, but don’t have time to put pen to paper.

So your help and your voice really does make a difference.

Download our handy guide to lobbying your MP

To register your interest, sign up here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to fill in your details.  If you want to chat things through, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or call the South Wales volunteer centre on 02920 344 882.  We’d love to hear from you.

Jenny’s Camino walk for CAFOD

Jenny Worthington is a volunteer from the parish of Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Porthcawl and has been a CAFOD supporter for over 20 years.

Last month, Jenny set out on her Camino Walk for CAFOD.  She travelled 118 km over 7 days.  What an amazing feat!   She is raising money for one of CAFOD’s life-changing World Gifts – a health clinic.

The cost of this brilliant gift is £4000 which will pay for the running costs of a life-saving clinic in a remote community.  It keeps the clinic stocked with medicines, medical equipment and even provides petrol for the clinic ambulance, giving vulnerable people vital access to much needed healthcare. Continue reading

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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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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