Staying together while apart

Staying Together While Apart – a new project to help the most vulnerable.

Dear All,

The past few months have been incredibly difficult, and I wish to start with thanking you for all the work you have been doing responding to the crisis in your parish and church.

At the same time, I would like to share some good news: we have been awarded a grant from the Welsh Government’s Voluntary Services Emergency Fund to expand the good work already taking place across the Archdiocese serving the wider community at this difficult time.

The ’Staying Together While Apart’ project will run for 6 months and has two specific objectives:

First, to improve mental health and wellbeing of older and vulnerable adults, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, provide care to those suffering psychological distress, and foster a sense of belonging and community. We intend to use Zoom, Skype, live streaming, and YouTube podcasts along with the more traditional phone calls, letters, and even postcards to combat isolation and communicate messages of support to those in need.

Secondly, we intend to expand, ‘shop and drop’ home deliveries of food, care packages, and prescriptions organised for the most vulnerable who are self-isolating.

This is a fantastic project but can only be delivered with your help. Have you been involved in working with the elderly and vulnerable affected by the COVID-19? Then we wish to hear from you! Tell us about your experience and how we can assist you – please take a few moments and complete an online survey we created:!

I am happy to answer any questions you have, so please do get in touch:

Klavdija Erzen

STWA Project Manager.

Staying together While Apart

Unite against coronavirus

As we cope with coronavirus in the UK, we think of our sisters and brothers in developing countries who are facing this pandemic with fragile health systems, some of which have almost no intensive care beds or ventilators.
Food prices have already risen with borders closing, the poorest are losing their jobs and income with wholesale shutdowns. Furthermore, inadequate healthcare, lack of access to washing facilities and limited ability to social distance will result in loss of life on an intolerable scale. The likely impact will be devastating.
we are one global family. Please will you sign the CAFOD petition to ask the government to work with other world leaders to help the most vulnerable people in our world cope with this crisis?
Visit: campaign


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.