October is traditionally the month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary and as Catholics we intensify our devotion by praying the Rosary everyday. This October nations around the world are hosting their Rosary Crusades and we as the British Isles will be joining them in a great union of prayer. Once again, Catholics across England, Wales, Scotland and the Isles are invited to take up their rosaries for an intensive Rosary Whirlwind Mission for the spiritual well-being of the British Isles and for its preservation from degeneration, disaster, sickness and war. We are witnessing increasing levels of violence, rebellion and lawlessness in our land. The Church is under attack, faith is being undermined, the sanctity of life is not honoured and peace is lacking. Now we find the Covid-19 global pandemic threatens a second wave and people are fearful of what the future may hold. So let us intercede for our Isles and for the conversion to Christ of our peoples and that they be protected from all danger, from all sickness and from all evil.

This whirlwind of prayer will take place from wherever you are and will have four main components:

1. Invitation to a nightly online Rosary at 8pm led from a different Marian Shrine, Cathedral or Parish.

2. Tuesday October 13th – Feast of Our Lady the Rosary we will undertake the Rosary Whirlwind from wherever we are.

3. Saturday October 31st – Eve of All Saints – National Rosary relay Rally from 9am to 9pm – where the Dioceses of the British Isles are invited to take an hour where the Rosary is said in parishes, homes etc. throughout the Diocese during their designated hour. Cardiff timeslot to be confirmed.

4. The Culmination of the Rosary Mission will be on Sunday November 1st – Solemnity of All Saints and our patronal feast – when Bishop John Keenan will lead a thanksgiving Rosary at 8pm from St. Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, Scotland.

Note the dates and mark them in your diaries and let us pray intently for our land in these dark and confusing times.


Saint of the Month

St. Luke, as one of the Gospel Evangelists, is naturally one of the Saints to be promoted by the God Who Speaks team as the Saint of the Month.

St. Luke – October 18th

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 it is likely that he 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 and Painters and of Physicians and Surgeons. His symbol is an ox.

The God who speaks – October update

Why Translate the Bible?

This month’s theme is Bible translation in word and art – www.godwhospeaks.uk/

We have two super articles on the process of Bible translation and our faith. godwhospeaks.uk/translation-and reception-how-do-we-translate-the bible and



 Prayer for the Year of the God Who Speaks

O God, Who gave the priest St. Jerome

a living and tender love for Sacred Scripture,

grant that Your people,

may be ever more fruitfully

nourished by Your Word

and find in it the fount of life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,

Who lives and reigns with You,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever.


The God Who Speaks

The link below leads to a fascinating list of some of the well known and lesser known Biblical characters.




The God Who Speaks

The Bible profiles hundreds of men and women. Their life stories are fascinating to read about, especially when the ‘heroes’ of the stories seem just as flawed as anybody else.


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: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8CW7DNR!

I am happy to answer any questions you have, so please do get in touch: klavdija.erzen@rcadc.org.

Klavdija Erzen

STWA Project Manager.

Staying together While Apart

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.