Bishops Conference – you are invited to attend the following liturgies!

Monday 2nd May

0800hrs                Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Simple Benediction

0900hrs                Morning Prayer

1245hrs                Mass

1845hrs                Evening Prayer

 

Tuesday 3rd May

0800hrs                Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Simple Benediction

0900hrs                Morning Prayer

1245hrs                Mass

1845hrs                Evening Prayer

 

Wednesday 4th May

0800hrs                Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Simple Benediction

0900hrs                Morning Prayer

1245hrs                Mass

No Evening Prayer

 

Thursday 5th May

0800hrs                Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Simple Benediction

0900hrs                Morning Prayer

1245hrs                Mass

1845hrs                Evening Prayer

 

Friday 6th May

0845hrs                Mass

Synod23 Diocesan Report

Synodal Update
30th March 2022

I write to thank you all, parish representatives, parish teams, parishioners, priests and deacons for all the time and effort you have put in to carrying out the synodal process in your parishes and in writing your Report and sending it in.  We received 41 Synodal Reports and one from the University Chaplaincy.  They were all most interesting to read, the characteristics of your different parishes, the methods you used and the views of your parishioners, under the headings of Communion, Participation and Mission.  It was a challenge to you all to start the “listening and discernment” process, to gather views in a variety of ways and to write a report, all in a reduced time frame.

Members of the Diocesan Synodal Team each took one of the themes and read that section across all 42 reports.  They wrote one or two pages about the emerging themes in their section.  These constituted Draft One and these pages were then considered by the Team this week.  One member has now written the final draft, Draft Two.  All members of the Team are reading that Draft and will produce their comments so that Draft Three, the Final Draft, will be produced this weekend.  This will then be sent to the Archbishop.  It will be sent out to parishes on the weekend of April 9th-10th.  The Report will appear in the May edition of the Catholic People and will also be put on the archdiocesan website.

I believe that all of you who have been involved, in any way, great or small can be rightly proud of your contribution.  You have responded to Pope Francis’s call to walk together and to enter into a “synodal” process of listening and discernment, walking humbly with God, being led by the Holy Spirit and recognising Christ in each other and listening to each other.

The submission of the reports and the diocesan report are not the end of the road.  It is hoped and expected that the synodal way of doing things will continue, that we will embark on an ongoing journey of synodal conversion and that we will work towards fulfilling Pope Francis’s dream of a wholly synodal Church.  You have begun at parish level and I wish you well as you continue to do things in the synodal way.

May God bless your synodal endeavours,

Madeleine Walters

Diocesan Synodal Co-ordinator

 

Diocesan Synodal Report

Hosts Needed!

Dear Church,

Housing Justice Cymru is appealing to anyone with a spare room to come forward and volunteer to host refugees from all over the world seeking sanctuary in Wales during these troubling times.

As a Nation of Sanctuary, refugees are being invited to come to Wales for safety but there is a shortage of accommodation for them. Welsh Government has already committed to providing housing for all those experiencing homelessness in Wales, consequently there is now very little capacity to accommodate refugees.

We are writing to ask for your help in promoting our appeal among your Church and local community. If you would like posters to put up within your community or flyers to distribute – please do let us know on this email address and we can post some to you. To find out more about Housing Justice Cymru’s hosting programme and how you can help, please click here or email r.wood@housingjustice.org.uk

Thank you.

Bonnie Williams, Director of Housing Justice Cymru

 

Stella Maris

On the one-year anniversary of the Ever Given ship getting stuck in the Suez Canal, Catholic charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) is hosting a webinar about modernisation in the shipping industry. It will look at the history of the container ship, the rise of the ultra-large container vessels, and explore what impact modernisation of the shipping industry has had on seafarers around the world. Please register now at www.stellamaris.org.uk/modernisation to join online on 23 March at 7.30pm to hear how shipping has changed in the last century, the impact this is having on seafarers today, and the important role Stella Maris has in supporting them.

 

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE

 Mary, Our Lady of Kiev, Mother of God,

 We ask you to intercede for the people of Ukraine,

For their government, and all who suffer as a result of war.

 Be with them as you stood beside your Son,

Suffering on the Cross at Calvary.

 Give them strength and courage

 Through faith, hope and justice.

May we, in our turn,

Support them through prayer and generosity

That human lives may be saved,

 That the injured may be healed,

That the dead may rest in peace,

That there will be peace after war. Amen.

 

THE MOST FAMOUS ICON in the world is probably the Virgin of Kyiv, which was made by a Byzantine artist about the year 1132 for Prince Mstislav(1125-1132) of Kyiv. Mstislav, the son of King Volodymyr Monomakh (1113-1125), of Kyiv Rus, decided to build a church in Vyshorod, near Kyiv, for which the foundation stone was laid in 1132. He commissioned an icon of the Virgin and Child from Byzantium. The icon’s beauty and importance were fully realized by the Kyivans as two historical chronicles, the Laurentian and Hypatian, noted.

Our Lady of Kyiv, which arrived in Ukraine about 1134, is a masterpiece comparable for its beauty and psychological depths to the Mona Lisa. This religious painting, by a Greek, probably reflected the taste of the Kyiv royal family and is the first great work in the Kyivan or Ukrainian school of icons.

Ukrainians usually call the icon the Virgin of Vyshorod, while the Russians call it the Virgin of Vladimir. The reason is that Prince Andrew Bogolubsky removed the treasured icon in 1155 or 1164 to his northern city of Vladimir before he destroyed Kyiv. Some Ukrainian historians consider this the first attack of the nascent Russian nation (Suzdalia) on Ukraine.

This icon displays an animated face, and the great tenderness of the Virgin for her child, which was very unusual for the strict code of icon painting in its day. The Virgin’s head, touching the baby, is a gesture of such deep affection that, iconographically, it is described by the word “tenderness”. It has a profoundly Slavic spirit and set the standard for Ukrainian icon painters, which has never been surpassed. The Virgin is an individual as well as a symbol of motherhood.

Fate has preserved the icon through centuries of war, although the faces and some background are all that survived 800 years. In 1395 it was taken from Vladimir to Moscow and is now in the Tretyakov Gallery there. The original icon measures 78.1 x 54.6 cm.

The Virgin of Kyiv is an important work of world art and a treasure of the Ukrainian cultural heritage.

NATIONAL JUSTICE AND PEACE NETWORK

OPEN NETWORKING DAY

SATURDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 10.45am for 11.00am for 3.30pm on zoom

The Network are using this opportunity to produce a Justice and Peace response to the Synod process.

Details to register are on the National Justice and Peace Website

Archdiocesan Family Life – Support for our Couples as St Valentine’s Day approaches

As Valentine’s Day approaches, this appears an ideal opportunity to share, with you and your parish, some of the work that goes on to support the couples of our diocese and beyond.

  • Online resource produced by our Archdiocesan MFL Team in response to the Amoris Laetitia Family Year, explores the role of Love in our lives, its joys and sorrows, its compulsiveness and barriers, its rewards and challenges…. all over the kitchen table and a cuppa with a friend; What is Love? What is Love all about? Why is it so difficult to Love sometimes? And why do we spend so much time thinking about Love? Or Do we?
    This series of 8 episodes can be used by individuals, couples, groups of friends or parish groups to explore the true meaning of love, as well as how and why we need to ‘Grow IN Love’
  • For our engaged couples preparing for marriage in the near future, there are the Marriage Care ‘Preparing Together’ and ‘FOCCUS’ Preparation programmes now available Face-to Face (and online ‘Preparing Together Anywhere’). These courses should be booked via the Marriage Care central booking system via their website https://www.marriagecare.org.uk/marriage-preparation-2/
  • As with all relationships, marriage needs working at. Couples wishing to develop and strengthen their relationship may find an enrichment programme a helpful process; the following organisations provide such opportunities and online resources:
  • All relationships, whether solid and loving or stressed and fragile, experience challenges which test our ability to support and understand each other as needed or appropriate, and we may struggle with the promises we made to each other. Most of the time, couples will resolve their own differences through mutual sharing and listening, working together to find the best way forward. However, should things become strained and resolutions difficult to achieve, seeking support from others can be beneficial, especially relationship support with an impartial perspective.
    • For those couples experiencing challenges or difficulties in their relationships, where relationship counselling would be helpful, please refer them to the Marriage Care Counselling Service again via their website
      https://www.marriagecare.org.uk/how-we-help/relationship-counselling/
    • Retrouvaille offer a lifeline to couples who feel their marriage needs re-focusing. The word “Retrouvaille” simply means “rediscovery” and their programme offers couples the chance to rediscover themselves, their partner, and a loving relationship in their marriage. If couples are thinking of separation, divorce or are already separated, but want to try again, then Retrouvaille may well help.
  • Finally, for those couples experiencing separation, divorce and the subsequent fall out, Restored Lives offer a variety of support for a variety of situations and perspectives including some one-off/ stand-alone sessions detailed at the foot of this email. Full details of the Restored Lives services can be found on their website https://www.restoredlives.org/

Joanne White
Archdiocesan Marriage & Family Life Worker/ Co-ordinator