The Year of the Word

The words of the Gospels echo through the centuries precisely because they speak afresh in every generation. Ever ancient, ever new, this story of transformation invites us to be transformed and gradually conformed to the likeness of the one who was the gift to others. Not dead words on a page, but a living message addressed to each of us personally.’
The Rt Revd Peter M. Brignall, Bishop of Wrexham


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has designated the year from September 2019 to December 2020 as the ‘Year of the God Who Speaks’. It begins on September 30th 2019, on the feast of St. Jerome, the great scholar of the Bible and the first to translate it from the Hebrew into Latin. The year will end on December 31st 2020.

Recently, the Archbishop appointed two Scripture Champions, Kate Duffin and Madeleine Walters, to promote the ‘Year of the God Who Speaks’ in the Archdiocese of Cardiff. During the year, we are planning events and initiatives to celebrate, live and share God‘s Word. It will be the opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God Who Speaks’. As these are planned, we will keep you informed.

Archbishop George will pre-launch the Year of the Word in the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Diocese of Menevia at two events, which will take place on Saturday, October 19th. You are welcome to attend either of the events. The pre-launch takes place at St. Mary’s Church, Carmarthen at 11am and at St. Helen’s Church, Caerphilly at 3pm. The pre-launch in Caerphilly will be the Sunday Mass. There will be refreshments after each pre-launch. The plans to date for the Year of the Word will be unveiled during each pre-launch.

This month, each parish will be receiving copies of the Publicity Brochure for the Year of the God Who Speaks. In November, Fleur Dorrell, the Catholic Scripture Engagement Manager on the Bishops’ Conference will be coming to Cardiff to speak about the Year of the God Who Speaks, to the Laity on Monday, November 18th at 7pm in the Cornerstone, Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2SF and to the Clergy on Tuesday, November 19th.

If you have any questions and/or any ideas for the year, please contact:

Kate Duffin at or

Madeleine Walters at

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.