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/

 

Divine Mercy Novena

Day of Prayer and Reflection – 23rd March 2021

One Year On: Remembering Our Loved-Ones: Archbishop George Stack will celebrate a Solemn Requiem Mass on 23rd March at 12:45pm in the Cathedral for all the
faithful departed who have died as a consequence of the pandemic. A Book of Remembrance has been opened, if you wish to include the name of your loved one please email Fr. Daniel at cathedral@rcadc.org. Due to restricted numbers, the Cathedral has 34 safe spaces. If you wish to attend please reserve a seat by telephoning Fr. Daniel on 029 2023 1407. The Requiem Mass will also be live-streamed through the Cathedral website.

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Prayers During the Coronavirus pandemic

DEMENTIA PRAYER WEEK – 12TH – 19TH MARCH 2021

For further information and resources please visit https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-week

 

Spread the Gospel: Developing a Missionary Parish

NEW ARCHDIOCESAN PROGRAMME

The Diocesan Evangelisation Commission is pleased to announce its new programme:

Spread the Gospel: Developing a Missionary Parish.

The Commission has spent the year of lockdown creating the programme and then piloting, reviewing, and amending it. The Programme has been approved by His Grace, Archbishop George Stack. It is a seven-week programme, running for one and half hours via Zoom on one evening a week. The dates will be Wednesday, April 21st and 28th, May 5th, May 12th and May 19th, June 9th and June 16th 2021.  It will be delivered by members of the Evangelisation Commission.

The Programme is open to all parishioners and clergy across the Archdiocese.

The new Programme will remind participants of the Great Commission and the basic Gospel message. It will cover a rudimentary history of the early church and will consider important messages from recent papal papers, how to give witness testimonies, evangelise non-church going Catholics with practical approaches and tools for building a parish team to evangelise.

The Genesis Mission will be an important follow-on activity offered to participants, providing the necessary skills for successful encounters.

For more information and to register for the Programme, please email Madeleine Walters at madeleine.walters@rcadc.org