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; Kevin McIntyre

Celebrating CAFOD Volunteers

Kevin represents CAFOD North Wales in our campaigning

 

We are delighted to celebrate the work of our wonderful Parish Volunteer, Kevin McIntyre who attends St Winefride’s in Holywell.

Having taught in East Africa for 5 years from 1968 to 1973, he and his wife, Delyth became very aware of the daily struggle many people had in their lives because of poverty and injustice. When they returned to North Wales to teach and raise a family, they felt a need to do something to support people in the less developed countries of the world. CAFOD provided us with the ideal way to do this.

Kevin has supported CAFOD in many ways since then through the school he taught at St Richard Gwyn High School and became a Parish Volunteer in 1980 where he has organised Advent and Lenten lunches involving other local churches. This event ran for over 30 years and Kevin is still a dedicated Parish Volunteer, ensuring Fast Days and campaigns are well promoted and supported in his parish. Kevin is a wonderful example of a volunteer who is passionate about his work and we’re very lucky to have his support.