Saint Luke

St. Luke’s two-volume work comprises the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. His Gospel is the only one written by a Gentile Christian and he likely wrote it between 70 and 85 AD. Luke was thorough in his research and interviewed eye witnesses when composing his works. Luke’s writing is warm and his Gospel is often summarised as the Gospel of Mercy.

Luke was a disciple of Paul, first appearing in Acts during Paul’s second missionary journey to Philippi. He was a faithful missionary companion of Paul’s and stayed nearby when Paul was imprisoned. Paul refers to Luke as “our beloved physician”.

St Luke is the Patron Saint of Artists/Painters and Physicians/Surgeons. His symbol is an ox.

Archdiocese of Cardiff “The God Who Speaks”: Scripture Study Day with Deacon Philip Manghan

Archdiocese of Cardiff “The God Who Speaks”: Scripture Study Days

The next two Scripture Study Day will be given on Saturday 9th October and Saturday 6th November from 11am-12.30pm.

On 9th October, Deacon Maurice Scanlon will be giving a talk: “The Gospel of St. Mark”. Deacon Maurice is a deacon at St. Mary’s of the Angels

On 6th November, Deacon Philip Manghan will be giving a talk on “The Gospel of St. Luke”.  Deacon Philip hails from St. Mary’s Bridgend.

Both deacons will be familiar to many people for their knowledge of the Scriptures and their engaging speaking style. They will bring our study of the four Gospels to an excellent end.

Details of the programme of talks for the year can be found on the Archdiocesan website events.

How to Access the online Talks

You can access the talks on the day via Zoom at:

Meeting ID 863 9669 5727

Passcode: 068790

Contacts for enquiries: Madeleine Walters at at or Kate Duffin at

104th anniversary of the October apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

4th to 13th October, you may wish to join the World Apostolate of Fatima to pray, recite the Rosary and listen to clergy reflections. Please click on the link below.

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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 a seven-week programme, running for one and half hours via Zoom on one evening a week. The dates will be Tuesday, September 28th, October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th and November 2nd and 9th. It will be delivered once again by members of the Evangelisation Commission.

The Programme is open to all parishioners and clergy across the Archdiocese.

The Programme will remind participants of the Great Commission and the basic Gospel message. It will cover a rudimentary history of the early church and will consider important messages from recent papal papers, how to give witness testimonies, evangelise non-church going Catholics with practical approaches and tools for building a parish team to evangelise.

The Genesis Mission will be an important follow-on activity offered to participants, providing the necessary skills for successful encounters.

For more information and to register for the Programme, please email Madeleine Walters at

Saint of the Month – St. John the Baptist   August 29th

St. John the Baptist   August 29th


Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, c.1607, Source: WikiArt

St. John followed in the footsteps of the great prophets of the Old Testament, calling upon the people to repent and be ready for the coming Messiah. He baptised with water but spoke of the one who would baptise with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). He pointed Jesus out as the promised Lamb of God (John 1:35-37) and baptised him (Matthew 3:13-17). He had a great following among the people but he always directed away from himself and lived an ascetic lifestyle. His life was centred on God and on his calling.

Herod, despite fearful of John’s popularity among the people, had John beheaded after an oath he made to Herodias at his birthday party (Matthew 14:1-12).

St. John’s cult is exceedingly ancient in both the East and West and he was particularly popular during the middle ages. St. John is believed to be buried in Samaria.

He is the Patron Saint of the Knights Hospitaller and is believed to protect pilgrims to and from the Holy Land.

Archdiocese of Cardiff “The God Who Speaks”: Scripture Study Days

The next Scripture Study Day will be given on Saturday, September 11th from 11am-12.30pm.  Canon Matthew Jones will be giving a talk: “A Brief Look at St. Paul’s Life and Teaching”. Canon Matthew Jones has been the parish priest of Three Churches’ parishes in Cardiff for almost seventeen years.  He is also Dean of the Cardiff deanery. Canon Matthew will be familiar to many people for the podcasts he publishes online of his homilies but also snippets he picks up from other sources. He has spoken at several conferences over the years.  He has an engaging speaking style, making him a delight to hear. I am sure we are in for a very interesting talk on St. Paul.

Details of the programme of talks for the year can be found on the Archdiocesan website events.

How to Access the online Talks                                                                                                                             




You can access the talks on the day via Zoom at:


Meeting ID 863 7669 5727

Passcode:   068790 


The talks will also appear on YouTube.  Please go to the ACES YouTube channel


Contacts for enquiries:  Madeleine Walters at at  or Kate Duffin at



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? Each podcast is accompanied by extra reading and resources for those who hunger for more.

Who inspires you in the Bible and why?

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