Religious Education in our Catholic Schools

The Welsh Government wants to take away the rights of parents to withdraw their children from both Religious Education and Relationships and Sex Education. They also want to dumb down the subject of RE and force schools to teach children about worldviews instead. Archbishop George is asking parishioners to urgently contact their Assembly Member and demand that the state does not usurp parents’ rights to decide how they teach these sensitive topics to their children. To contact your AM about this issue please visit the Catholic Education Service


The Year of the Word

The First Sunday of Advent sees the launch of the Year of the Word, under the title of The God Who Speaks. There will be Solemn Evening Prayer & Benediction at 3.30pm in Cardiff Cathedral presided over by Archbishop George.


First Scripture Study Day: Saturday 7th December, 10am to 12 noon, at the Cornerstone. Fr. Laurence Bryce will be talking about the documents ‘Dei Verbum’, promulgated by Pope Paul VI and ‘Verbum Domini’, an apostolic exhortation by Pope Benedict XVI.   Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.


Archdiocesan Advent Retreat: O come, O come, Emmanuel Saturday 14th December from 10.30am to 3pm (registration 10am) at St David’s Catholic College, Cardiff CF23 5QD. There will be two talks, imaginative contemplation and silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The retreat is free and lunch will be provided. To attend please contact Christian Mahoney on 07764515864 or email


St. Helen’s Barry Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi 18th- 25th September 2020

Arrangements are in place for an exciting tour of Rome and Assisi. This will be an awe-inspiring pilgrimage taking in Subiaco, Monte Casino, Orvieto and a day to visit places of your own choice. In Rome, we will have a Papal Audience, guided tours of the Catacombs and optional visits to St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican City Museums & Sistine Chapel. Our tour operator, Tangney Tours, has offered accommodation within easy walking distance of St Peter’s. The hotel in Rome and Assisi will be on a half-board basis. The itinerary includes a direct flight from Bristol Airport leaving on
Friday 18th September and returning on Friday 25th September 2020.

Please come to a short meeting in St Helen’s Church hall, at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 18th September, to discuss the arrangements in more detail and collect booking forms. For more information and prices please contact Martin: tel. 07740 162105





The Bishops of England and Wales have produced the attached statement in relation to the Settlement Scheme for EU Citizens living in the United Kingdom after Brexit. This will obviously be a matter of concern for a number of our people. Should you need to, please download a copy. Hopefully, it will help with understanding this procedure. It will also appear in The Catholic People and on the Diocesan website.

Letter on the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens

Statement on the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens

SVP charity shop

The local SVP charity shop is appealing for donations, in particular good condition women’s clothing and bric a brac.  Please bring any items to a weekend Mass or let Judy (Cowbridge) or Chris (Llantwit Major) know if you’d like items collected.


Praise & Worship

A group of people from several Parishes within the Archdiocese meet to Praise & Worship the Lord. My personal experience of this is that even when I go on occasion with a burdened heart, I leave with joy & peace. Interested? We meet twice a month 7pm – 8.30pm.
Every first Monday of the month at St. Helen’s RC Parish Hall, Court Road, Barry, CF63 4ET.
Every third Monday at Holy Family RC Church, Carter Place (off Keyston Road), Fairwater, Cardiff CF5 3NP.
All invited & welcome.
For more information contact Deirdre on 01446 793224.