Archbishop-Elect Mark O’Toole

WELCOME/CROESO! Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mark O’Toole as Archbishop-elect of Cardiff and Bishop-elect of Menevia. The installation will take place in Cardiff
Cathedral on 20th June 2022, the feast of the Welsh martyrs Saints Julius and Aaron. Let us keep him, the Priests, Deacons, religious and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Diocese of Menevia in our prayers.

 

Please click on the following press release to learn more

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Priest Training Fund Appeal

Fundraising

This year we will be piloting a ‘friends’ of the Priest Training Fund scheme. It costs around £78 per day to train a seminarian. We are therefore suggesting that parishioners set up monthly standing orders of £6.50 to support one day of a seminarian’s training per year. Naturally, this is only a suggested amount and all regular gifts are welcome.

With the support of the Director of Vocations, Fr Nicholas Williams, wider plans to acknowledge the support of parishioners are also being developed. As always, please explain the importance of this appeal to parishioners both in person and through all communication channels – when ‘live streaming’ Mass, in newsletters, on parish websites and across social media.

 

Aims and Objectives

To communicate the benefits of supporting the appeal as an investment in the future.

Updates:

  • Following the closure of Virgin Money Giving the QR Code on the former Priest Training Fund posters will no longer work. Please use the new Priest Training Fund posters that will be sent to your parish in the weeks ahead. The new QR Code will take you to a live donation page here.
  • For the first time parishioners will be able to make an automatically recurring monthly donation online via the diocesan website at Donate to Archdiocese of Cardiff | InvestMyCommunity. You may want to add this link to social media posts or emails.
  • Priest Training Fund leaflets, Gift Aid Envelopes and posters will be distributed to parishes ahead of the appeal. Leaflets and envelopes can once again be put out on pews or handed to parishioners as they come in for Mass.
  • Articles will be run in the April edition of the Catholic People and made available on the diocesan website. Special thanks are owed to Fr Nicholas and Deacon Elliot for their help.
  • Alongside materials supporting the Priest Training Fund appeal are three additional posters – one concerning Gift Aid, Gift Aid Myths and the other promoting Standing Orders – which you may find useful.
  • A limited social media campaign to promote the appeal is planned. Please reshare posts on your own social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), or create your own.

Thank you for your prayers and generous support of the Priesthood

We rely on the prayers and generosity of our parishes and parishioners to support the formation of our priests and deacons here in the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

 

Priest Training Fund Annual Appeal – 7th & 8th May 2022

If you would like to donate to the Priest Training Fund, you can do so via:

 

  • Cheque: made payable to Priest Training Fund – send to the postal address below with Gift Aid declaration.

 

If you would like to support the Priest Training Fund appeal you can also request a gift aid envlope at your parish church.

 

If you would like to become a ‘friend’ of the Priest Training Fund with a monthly gift, or are interested in supporting future priests with a gift in your Will, please contact the development team at donate@rcadc.org

 

Address: Priest Training Fund, Archbishop’s House, 41/43 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HD

 

Your generosity and prayers make this possible. Thank you.

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Journeying together as one Parish: MISSION

Synod Prayer

 We stand before You,  Holy Spirit,

as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,

make Yourself at home in our hearts;

teach us the way we must go and how to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;

do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path

nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity

so that we may journey together to eternal life

and not stray from the way of truth

and what is right.

All this we ask of You,

who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son,

forever and ever.

Amen

Pope Francis is encouraging us in this synod to pray together, to talk about the faith together, to understand one another better, and to experience that the Church is called to be a real, personal, and authentic communion of its baptised members. For bishops, the local synod process is an opportunity to learn from local Catholics what their own pastoral priorities should be – not by asking other people to set the bishop’s agenda, but by hearing what matters to Catholics, and how they think, and then using that information to develop plans for evangelization, catechesis, and pastoral care.

 

Many thanks to all the members of our parish family who came along to the meeting last weekend and those who have written down their thoughts. All are greatly valued.

If you would like to add anything further based on the theme COMMUNION and PARTICIPATION, please do so using the Synod response boxes provided in both churches OR if you wish to participate but are unable to attend Mass or the Meetings please send your responses to the Presbytery for the attention of Ewa Thomas and Deirdre Barker. Please note we only have a few weeks to gather the information.

 

A reminder on the questions for ‘Communion’ and ‘Participation’:

  1. Synodal Church means journeying together. What steps do you think the Holy Spirit may be calling our parish to take to help us do this effectively?
  2. In what ways can we help to build up our communion? Think of 2 ideas – one for now and one to aim for the future.
  3. Can you share 1 or 2 ideas on how we can reach those who have drifted away?
  1. Reflecting on two years of the pandemic, how has participation in your parish been affected? Were these issues there before? How can participation be strengthened moving forward?
  2. How do you currently participate personally in the life of the parish? How much responsibility do you have as an individual?

 

Your next opportunity to engage in ‘graceful listening and speaking’ on the theme of MISSION will be on Saturday 5th  and Sunday 6th March, immediately after Mass.

 

The meeting time will be 70mins and take the format of; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as we consider, prayerfully the questions on ‘Mission’ followed by a Gospel Reading. The meetings will be recorded to assist the Synod Representatives in preparing the Parish responses.

 

The questions to reflect on and answer are:-

  1. How is your parish set up for evangelisation? How could your parish reach out better to the broader community with the Good News?
  2. Where is the Holy Spirit calling you personally to mission and service today?

 

May we continue our ‘journeying together,’ led by and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

“Sunday – it is our Day!”

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

Statement from the Bishops of Wales

Sunday – it is our Day!

Saturday 7th August will complete the move to alert level 0 by Welsh Government of the current legislative powers which assist the mitigation’s against the Covid-19 virus transmission https://gov.wales/coronavirus :

  • remove legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors, including in private homes, public places or at events
  • face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. This will be kept under review.

Nevertheless, there continues to be the encouragement to personal and corporate responsibility in this area; as the UK Prime Minister said recently “The pandemic is not over.” Even with this minimal legislation in place, the Church in England and Wales will be adopting a cautious approach to capacity and activity within our buildings, especially at corporate acts of worship.

We are mindful of the certain fact that the Covid-19 virus is still circulating in society. Vaccines provide genuine protection against the worst effects of the virus, yet we recognise the legitimate fear on the part of some who otherwise desire to gather for Holy Mass. As one with the Catholic Bishops of England our continuing judgement, therefore is that it is not possible at the present time for all of the faithful to attend Mass on a Sunday thus fulfilling their duty to God.

It is hoped that it will be possible for all Catholics in England and Wales to fulfill this most important Church precept, that of the Sunday Obligation, by the First Sunday in Advent 2021.

In the meantime, all Catholics are asked to do their best to participate in the celebration of the weekly Sunday Mass and to reflect deeply on the centrality of Sunday worship in the life of the Church.

In April, following our Plenary Assembly, we offered a reflection on the experience of the extraordinary long months of the pandemic. It was titled The Day of the Lord. We also began to look at the way forward. We spoke about the important invitation to restore the Sunday Mass to its rightful centrality in our lives. We asked for a rekindling in our hearts of a yearning for the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, as our response to the total, sacrificial love that Jesus has for us. We said: “The Eucharist should be the cause of our deepest joy, our highest manner of offering thanks to God and for seeking his mercy and love. We need to make it the foundation stone of our lives.”

May this continue to be our striving during these coming months as we journey back to the full celebration of our Sunday Mass and our renewed observance of The Day of the Lord.

[1] St Jerome, In Die Dominica Paschae II

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly   

Pope Francis has instituted a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday, July 25th 2021. Identifying with the more senior members of our society, he says “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!”

As the Pope says, we should cherish the elderly and recognise that there’s no retirement age from the work of proclaiming the Gospel and handing down traditions to grandchildren.

Prayer

World Day of Prayer Information

‘When will things go back to normal?…. ’

I’ve always struggled with the word ‘normal’!…. what is normal? A ‘Normal’ Family, ‘Normal’ Behaviour, ‘Normal’ Circumstances….. what does normal mean??

We all have a different version of normal – my normal working week and family routine, is not the same as my neighbour’s, my family situations are normal to us but not the same as others, life remains normal in terms of the sun rising and setting, but life as we knew it is far from normal…. and we hear much of the ‘New Normal’… so who knows what that means!

I guess it’s best to see normal as the now…. and live in the moment… in the now, making of it the best we can. As the late great man, Captain Sir Tom Moore, put it, ‘Tomorrow will be better.’, or at least if that’s our focus it generally will be.

Whilst many remain immune to or have thankfully avoided the virus itself, there can’t be many who don’t feel the impact of the pandemic on their lives. Whatever their circumstances families have constantly had to adjust to changes, restrictions and guidelines, and as a result, increasingly, many are feeling somewhat overwhelmed by their work, or lack of it, situations (not everyone can easily adjust to working from home overnight), adhoc home schooling, reassuring scared children (& adult family members), keeping in touch with isolated relatives, looking out for neighbours and the strategic exercises of keeping the food cupboards stocked; remember IT IS OK TO NOT BE OK under such uncertain and unprecedented times …… and this is just as applicable several months on as it was in the early days of lockdown and restrictions.

What impact has the pandemic had on you and your family? Is this impact temporary? Or are the effects of it likely to last for months/years to come? How has your family life changed? Are there any areas of your life that you need advice about? Do you miss having people to share your experiences with? Would talking with others in similar situations help?

The Family Life Team for the Archdiocese would like to invite YOU to a ‘Drop in Zoom’ if you would like a bit of advice, support or information or just chat with likeminded parents/grandparents about the joys and challenges they face within their families and maybe discover how the Church can support the families of our community, directly or through signposting to appropriate organisations.

Zoom Drop In Sessions will be held by Zoom on Tuesdays during June/July as follows;

  • June 15th at 8pm,
  • June 22nd at 8pm,
  • June 29th at 11am
  • and July 6th at 11am

– Parents and grandparents can ‘drop in’ to the sessions as suits your availability and as one off or several as you wish…..but you will need to get a joining invitation, so, please email flc@rcadc.org  and a joining invitation will be sent by reply.

If you do find things getting too much, remember to talk to family and friends and share your feelings; if this isn’t possible or appropriate remember there are organisations that can offer support or just a listening ear:

 

 

 

Scripture & Wellbeing

The Ascension of the Lord to Pentecost

Called to Serve – Priest’s Training Fund Appeal

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Called to Serve

If the last year has taught us anything, it is how important parish priests are in providing spiritual and practical support during a crisis.

They’ve made a commitment to us, to provide spiritual care and practical charity for those in need. They do so in parishes, in prisons, hospitals and schools, and in many other ways, preaching, teaching, and being there to offer support and guidance.

Those who decide to train for the priesthood have also made a commitment to our faith. Without their sacrifice our community would be all the poorer as we have learnt throughout the pandemic.

The calibre of those who have answered God’s call to serve as priests gives us hope for the future. We must prepare these men as best we can for all the challenges that the world can throw at them. As a church we are committed to ensuring that they receive robust preparation under the guidance of expert mentors.

 

Worthy Investment

The challenge of a lifelong commitment to serve God and God’s people is daunting. But those who enter seminary know that they are supported by family and friends in their home diocese.

Priests are called to live simple lives but high-quality training comes at a price. On average the Archdiocese of Cardiff invests £189,000 in the formation of each seminarian over seven years. Yet following ordination a priest may give back more than 40 or 50-years’ service, so the investment brings a considerable return.

 

Can you help?

Investing in vocations ensures that future generations will enjoy the support and guidance of a parish priest. We ask our friends, and those who share our vision for a world transformed by Jesus Christ, to consider how they might be able to help.

This Year donations to the Priests Training Fund will be matched pound-for-pound by the Jesuit Seminary and Mission Fund.*

If you would like to support the Priest Training Fund appeal you can request a gift aid envlope at your parish church. Alternatively, you can give online at www.rcadc.org/donations.  You can also cut out the Gift Aid declaration above and return it with your donation to Archbishop’s House, 41/43 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HD.

Your generosity and prayers make this possible. Thank you.

Please find attached details of the upcoming Priest’s Training Fund Appeal: https://rcadc.org/portfolio-item/priest-training-fund/