Local Cytun (Churches together in Wales) support Romero celebration in Mold, St. David’s Parish

On what would have been the 100th birthday of Blessed Romero, CAFOD volunteer Katja Jewell speaks of her event  at St David’s Parish this weekend.

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In March Bishop Peter Brignall welcomed the Archbishop Oscar Romero Trust into the Diocese of Wrexham.  The deeply moving talk by Martha Zechmeister (SJ) on Blessed Oscar Romero and the impact of his life and sacrifice on our own personal discipleship, but also the church as a whole, inspired us all.

Following on from a diocesan gathering in June a small group of parishioners in St. David’s Mold, organised a special celebration for the 100th birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador, assassinated in 1980 for speaking up for the poor.

A short talk was given after Mass on Sunday, with the invitation to watch a brief yet superb video by the Romero Trust. Fairtrade roses and specially made bookmarks were handed out to every parishioner.

The hall was decorated with bright colours and garden flowers, fairtrade tea and coffee was served with cakes, following recipes from the “Global Bakery Book “ of the New Internationalist (ISBN 978-1-78026-1),  including a recipe said to be one of Romero’s favourite cakes, a sweet cake, containing savoury hard cheese.

This simple yet fitting way to come together was even more precious as we welcomed members of other parishes and denominations of the ‘Churches together in Wales (Cytun)’. Parishioners were also told of a Welsh language song to celebrate Blessed Oscar Romero, which can also be found on the Romero Trust Website.

The Parish of St. David’s has followed the Cafod Parish scheme connect2 for many years. After engaging with Cafod supported projects in Brazil, the parish will now follow the lives of communities in El Salvador.

In 2013, St. David’s, Mold had a visit from members of the village of Puentecitos,  El Salvador. Julia and Fidel talked to the children of the primary school  about their community and their daily joys and struggles.  The following months will help us to catch up with news from Puentecitos.

The event raised interest, awareness and vital funds for the Romero Trust, as we vouched on the day of Martha’s talk.

We would like to emphasise again the importance of high quality speakers and partners of the global south to visit our small parishes in North wales.

The direct experience and personal exchange is weaving us all together in the global network of faith, justice and peace.

Diolch yn Fawr – thank you.

Written by CAFOD volunteer Katja Jewell 

Anglesey children support Power to Be campaign

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

CAFOD North Wales recently had the pleasure of visiting St Joseph’s in Llangefni to speak at mass in the morning and, in the afternoon, spend a few hours with some young families and children aged from 3 – 13 to spread the word about our  Power to Be campaign.

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Throughout the course of the afternoon, the children learnt about Power to Be and after a school assembly, which encouraged them to think about their use of electricity, the children showed a great understanding of the topic.   After this, the children had chance to share their dreams and aspirations for the future by discussing what they wanted to be when they grew up, which was great to hear.

As you can see in the image above, they then completed a beautiful display through the Power to Be sun activity, with each ray containing a message to the World Bank.

Afterwards, the children had the chance to talk about Laudato Si’, and Pope Francis’ call for us to care for our common home, and how they were able to respond in their own schools and homes.

Colette Byrne, a local CAFOD representative, said: “The children were brilliant, and really engaged with the activities.  It was a pleasure to visit St Joseph’s and we thank them all for their support with the Power to Be campaign.”

Pauline, who is from the parish and runs the family afternoon, added:

“We were delighted to welcome Colette from CAFOD back to Anglesey on Sunday for the Family Catechesis session.  It was great to have her with us and for the families to see CAFOD’s vital work.  The session was engaging and enjoyed by everyone.  We participated in the Power to be campaign producing our Power to be sun, and all churches on Anglesey are taking part in the card signing too, to show our support.”

Find out more about Power to Be. 

To organise a visit, please contact the CAFOD Wrexham office on 01978 355 084 or email northwales@cafod.org.uk

 

Judith Moss joins CAFOD Education Team

We’re delighted to welcome Judith Moss on board to our team of Education Volunteers in North Wales.  Judith lives close to Anglesey and will be able to deliver Primary School

CAFOD Education Volunteer Judith Moss

CAFOD Education Volunteer Judith Moss

visits in the area.

After undertaking 2 separate training days and a shadow visit at St Mary’s in Holyhead, Judith completed her training successfully and is keen to get started.  She said, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the training, I found it inspiring and I really feel like I have been called to do this role.  The CAFOD materials and resources are all very well produced, so all I have to do is prepare the best way to deliver it.’

‘I am really excited to do my first school visit in St Helen’s Caernarfon where I will be delivering the Power to be assembly to the pupils.”

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.

Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the world we share.  By participating in the Power to be campaign, we are calling on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

 

To find out more about Volunteering or our campaigns, please contact Colette Byrne in the North Wales CAFOD Volunteer Centre on northwales@cafod.org.uk