Christmas Card Collection 2021

To place an order please contact Margaret 07510 518791

 

Boxed Christmas Cards, 4 designs, Each box has 18 cards, £3.25

 

Boxed Christmas Cards, Gold stamped, 4 designs, Each box has 12 cards, £3.00

 

Small Christmas Cards, 3 designs, Each pack has 10 cards, £1.50

 

          

 

Christmas Cards with Inserts, Individually cello wrapped, 2 designs 80p each

 

     

 

The Catholic Diary 2022, Black, Blue, Red, £2.99

 

 

Covid-19: Updated measures

We are urged to “continue to be cautious and retain some transmission controls to varying degrees at varying times”. Regular risk assessments are required to monitor local transmission rates and adjust measures accordingly, meaning things could be subject to changes over the next weeks and months ahead. Consequently, the following guidelines from the Welsh Government and Catholic Bishops of England and Wales will apply until further notice:

  • Please use the booking system for attendees to be traced if necessary. It would be helpful, if you have booked and are unable to attend, to contact Elizabeth to avoid being traced unnecessarily.
  • Only attend if you are symptom free.
  • Face coverings are mandatory for everyone over 11yrs, unless medically exempt.
  • Please sanitise your hands when entering and exiting the Church.
  • Stewards are still very much be needed.
  • Cleaning will remain a high priority.
  • Cleaning (update 15/09/21) – Regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and equipment. Allowing for breaks between service and ensuring thorough and regular cleaning, using disinfectant in high footfall areas and in high contact touchpoints such as door handles, rails, pews, kneelers, tables etc
  • Where objects are touched as part of worship, cleaning the object between each worshipper that touched it and require worshipers to sanitise or wash their hands before and after touching the object. (e.g. bells)
  • Ventilation – windows and doors will be kept open to maintain a good supply of fresh air when the building is occupied.
  • Social distancing is no longer a legal requirement. However, some may wish to or have been advised to remain especially cautious. There is an area with social distancing or you may request a card to place next to you. Should you wish to remain distanced please either notify Elizabeth when booking or the Steward at the door.
  • Holy Communion will continue under one kind. Please wait to be invited for Holy Communion by the steward. If you do not wish to receive Communion, please come for a blessing to avoid others brushing past you on returning to the pew. Please ensure your face mask is removed before receiving the host in your hand!
  • At the end of Mass, please wait in your pew until the Steward advises you to leave. At the weekend Masses, one-way system for movement of people will continue for now to avoid congestion. People should exercise good responsible behaviour and should avoid getting too close to each other.

 

  • Ministers for the celebration of Holy Mass; readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be re-introduced slowly over the coming months.
  • Singing – (guidance received 15/09/21): singing or chanting increases the amount of aerosol expelled into the air from people’s mouths. Reducing the amount of singing or stopping singing can help to reduce the risk of transmission. If singing takes place, other mitigations should be put in place evidence of which must be included in a risk assessment, this includes improving ventilation, moving the activity outdoors, increasing the space between people, or having fewer people present. This will be reviewed in the next risk assessment.
  • If you wish to give an offering please do so in the basket at the back of the Church.

 

  • PARISH CENTRE: it is hoped the Hall can be reopened, pending the necessary risk assessments, for Parish use over the next few months; only then tea & coffee after Mass will resume.
    Hiring to third parties/ general public will remain suspended but will be kept under review.

 

To comply with the covid secure risk assessment we require volunteers for both churches to facilitate the safety measures. We know there are many willing hands, however it is not advisable for persons in the vulnerable group to do so. We need your help to:-

  1. CLEAN and sanitise the churches in accordance with the approved cleaning plan.
  2. STEWARD to provide a welcoming presence, to confirm attendance and guide people:- to their seats, for Holy Communion and to depart at the end of Mass.If you are able to assist, please get in touch as I would be very pleased to hear from you. Thank you Fr. Mark

 

 

 

CAFOD responding to multiple emergencies across the world

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news. Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.

 

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More detail about CAFOD’s response:

On Saturday 14 August, a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. More than 1900 people have been killed and at least one million more people are affected. Tropical storm Grace has now hit Haiti, exacerbating the already serious emergency. CAFOD is working through the local Church organisations, Caritas Haiti, the Jesuit Migrants and Refugees Service, the religious congregations and sister agency Catholic Relief Services to provide urgent humanitarian aid – food, water, tents, hygiene kits and first aid for families affected.

In Afghanistan, we are shocked and gravely concerned by the Taliban take-over of the vast majority of the country. The generosity and compassion of our Catholic community have allowed us to stand together with communities in Afghanistan since the 1980s, supporting local organisations committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people. As you will appreciate, the situation in Afghanistan is uncertain and changing rapidly. Our Emergency Response Team are assessing how best to respond. We are doing everything possible to ensure the immediate well-being of local partners and the communities they serve.  Please keep the people of Afghanistan in your prayers.

We are also responding to serious food shortages in Africa – in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. Families across these three countries face extreme hunger because of a deadly combination of Covid, climate change and protracted conflict. A recent UN report identifies hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and north-east Nigeria as “catastrophic”. We have committed £500,000 already to get food and clean water to hundreds of thousands of people. With further support local aid workers will be able to scale up their response to reach more women, children, men, the elderly and people with disabilities with the food they urgently need.

Thank you for your solidarity, your prayers and your support for CAFOD’s work across the world.

 

Loving Lord,

For those who have died, give them eternal rest. For those who are bereaved, comfort and console them. For those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.

Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers and sisters in whatever way we can. Heavenly Father, be with us now and always.

Amen.

“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/