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.
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