Entries by Elizabeth Hughes


We are hoping to re-open the Foodbank at Bethel Baptist Church on Wednesday 29th September. During the Covid crisis, we have been running a delivery service throughout the Vale, which has proved to be a lifeline for countless families. I am so grateful to those of you who have continued to faithfully support us, both […]


The Diocesan Evangelisation Commission is pleased to announce a second run of its Archdiocesan Evangelisation Programme. The first run was very successful. Participants were enthusiastic about it and several of them have written glowing comments. Spread the Gospel: Developing a Missionary Parish. The Programme has been approved by His Grace, Archbishop George Stack. It is […]

Covid-19: Updated measures

We are urged to “continue to be cautious and retain some transmission controls to varying degrees at varying times”. Regular risk assessments are required to monitor local transmission rates and adjust measures accordingly, meaning things could be subject to changes over the next weeks and months ahead. Consequently, the following guidelines from the Welsh Government […]

CAFOD responding to multiple emergencies across the world

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We […]

“Sunday – it is our Day!”

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES Statement from the Bishops of Wales Sunday – it is our Day! Saturday 7th August will complete the move to alert level 0 by Welsh Government of the current legislative powers which assist the mitigation’s against the Covid-19 virus transmission https://gov.wales/coronavirus : remove legal restrictions on the number […]


Our God who Speaks podcast series celebrates the lives and influence of women in Scripture. Natalie Orefice presents a monthly podcast with dynamic women from across Birmingham Diocese, focussing on different Bible heroines. This series asks who are these biblical women, what made them serve God so faithfully and what can they teach us today? […]

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly   

Pope Francis has instituted a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday, July 25th 2021. Identifying with the more senior members of our society, he says “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!” As the […]

‘When will things go back to normal?…. ’

I’ve always struggled with the word ‘normal’!…. what is normal? A ‘Normal’ Family, ‘Normal’ Behaviour, ‘Normal’ Circumstances….. what does normal mean?? We all have a different version of normal – my normal working week and family routine, is not the same as my neighbour’s, my family situations are normal to us but not the same […]