North Wales Justice and Peace come together

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of spending the day in beautiful Pantasaph with lovely people from across North Wales, who all share a passion and commitment to Justice and Peace.  Among attendees were representatives from other charities such as SHARE, Christian Aid and Aid for the Church in Need.

The day was organised by Katja Jewell, Joyce Elcock and Maria Pizzoni who are keen to rebuild the Justice and Peace network across North Wales.

We started the day in glorious sunshine and did the Stations of the Cross, where each of

Colette Byrne from CAFOD reads at Station 1

Colette Byrne from CAFOD reads at Station 1

us told a story that was relevant to our cause and linked in with Jesus’s struggle.  It was a very powerful reflection which made Jesus’s suffering all the more real, connecting us with people’s suffering today.

After a shared lunch, we discussed Justice and Peace in North Wales, and how we can build on this, and work together more in the future.

As part of the Justice and Peace network, we hope to make a difference.  I would like to invite you to be part of this network too.  It would be wonderful to see CAFOD volunteers interlinking their CAFOD role with the Justice and Peace network.  Please contact me to discuss this further.

There will be an overnight retreat in Noddfa on Friday 10th November which you would

Justice and Peace members from across North Wales

Justice and Peace members from across North Wales

be welcome to join.  Further details, closer to the time.

Colette Byrne
CAFOD
Community Participation Coordinator, Wrexham Diocese

07779 804 242

cbyrne@cafod.org.uk

World Refugee Week 19th – 20th June

This week, 19-25 June, marks Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural

The Lampedusa Crosses made from a wreckage of a boat carrying refugees

The Lampedusa Crosses made from a wreckage of a boat carrying refugees

and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

CAFOD volunteers have a longstanding background of supporting refugees through our appeals, and joining us in standing in solidarity with those fleeing their homes and countries.

During the Year of Mercy, CAFOD volunteers from across Wrexham Diocese showed their support to refugees by sending them messages of hope.

In Wrexham schools and parishes, people came together to share their messages which have been received by refugees in many places across the world, including Calais, Athens, Lesbos, Lebanon, South Sudan and Colombia.

One particularly powerful message of hope, sent from one year eight student in our region, was: “If you are Christian, God will be with you.  If you are Muslim, Allahu Akbar.”

This refugee week we keep those still seeking refuge in our thoughts and prayers and thank everyone who sent a message of hope. Your messages were received with gratitude.

We have written a prayer pilgrimage that can be completed with the Lampedusa cross in your own parish.  The prayer pilgrimage is an hour long but can be shortened, and finishes with parishioners writing their own messages of hope to show they are standing with refugees.

If you are interested in doing this, please contact your local volunteer centre on 07779 804 242 /  cbyrne@cafod.org.uk

Celebrating Our Volunteers; Keith McDonogh

Celebrating Our Volunteers

CAFOD Office Volunteer Keith McDonogh joined in February 2017

A few months ago, I was delighted to welcome on board to the team, Keith McDonogh. Keith joined after working for many years for Wrexham Diocese as Safeguarding Officer.  He is the Chair of  the Diocesan Trustees and has recently found himself with some spare time for CAFOD in between his busy life of being Grandparent and volunteering for the Diocese.

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, said, ‘Keith has been a wonderful addition to CAFOD North Wales as an office volunteer. So far he has done a magnificent job of updating our database, learning how to blog and using his local knowledge to help build links within the Diocese.  He is a great support to me and has settled in really well.  I feel very blessed to have such a reliable, keen and enthusiastic volunteer!’