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For those who don’t know St Helen’s has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. In order for us to communicate with as many people as possible, we are pushing to increase the number of people who follow us on Facebook to 250 (300 if we can!).
For those who already have followed/liked us, could you please encourage your family and friends to follow us? Here are the instructions on how to do this – it’s easy!
Here we go:
- Go the St Helen’s Caerphilly Facebook page.
- Look to the panel on your right and you will see a section called ‘Community’
- Click the words, “Invite your friends to like this page”
- Select all your finds who may be interested (the ones who like it are already “Liked”)
- Click “Send Invitations”
There is a message with the “Invite your friends” window which you can modify if you wish. You can invite friends of yours who go to church, or who are associated with St Helen’s or Cardinal Newman or any of the church groups.
And that’s it!
CAFOD is running a taster session open to anyone who wants to find out more about CAFOD’s volunteer work in schools and parishes. The session will be held at Saint David’s Cathedral in Cardiff on Monday 17 September, 11-4pm. A great way to find out more about CAFOD’s educational work, meet other volunteers, unpack resources and see first-hand what this vital role entails. It’s an ideal opportunity for those who are interested in becoming a volunteer, but want to find out more first. Please contact CAFOD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 029 20 344 882 to find out more and book your place.
This was the first keynote speech from Bishop Robert Barron, a fantastic explanation of the mass, at Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress. I you have ever wanted to hear it explained in such a beautiful and understandable way, please take some time out to listen. Everyone will learn something new.
More videos (interviews, talks and testimonies can be found at Shalom World TV.
The Singing Group will meet again on Monday 17th September at 7:30pm after mass. The session lasts no longer than an hour. We welcome new members. You don’t have to come and sit at the front on Saturdays or Sundays but just sing from where you normally sit. Also, you don’t need to have a wonderful voice but just a desire to praise God. We will be learning new music for Christmas so everyone will be starting from the same place.
We are also looking for new members of The Instrument Group. You need to be about grade 4 standard but you don’t have to have done the exam. Just come and see Brett or any member of the music group after Mass or text to 07971 848734 if you are interested. You will have all the music to learn in advance so you won’t be playing things you haven’t already practised.
Adults who wish to explore becoming a Catholic, or who simply wish to find out more about the Catholic faith, are welcome to ‘come and see’, as Jesus invited his first followers. The RCIA (Rite of Cristian Initiation of Adults, or Looking Into The Faith) group is run by Father Kelly and is aimed at those who would like to become Catholics or who would just like to know more about the faith. We should hasten to add that the group is also made up of people from the parish who come along to learn and to support those who may enter into the church. Our meetings are very informal and take place every other Thursday – we’ll even make you a cup of tea and offer you some biscuits!
Father John is always there (except when he attends meetings) as we explore the faith through a course called Evangelium (and the excellent Catholicism series), which offers an excellent grounding in the full panorama of Catholic beliefs. This course is delivered through a PowerPoint presentation and covers many of the questions you have about the Catholic faith.
We look forward to seeing you there.
It starts right from the beginning, our first parents ‘forgetting’ the Word of God. When He stands in front of them in the flesh, his people turn to insults to avoid believing in him: ‘Beelzebub’ – ‘Lord of the Flies’. Even his family seem to reject his message. But Jesus is the crisis, the judgement, the turning point of history. Which is why all human failure breaks over him, and at the same time the seeds of the renewed creation gather round him, those who hear the Word and do the will of God, starting with His mother Mary, the beginning and the image of the Church.
Today’s Scripture: (Psalter: Week 2)
Genesis 3: 9 – 15
I will make you enemies of each other; you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring.
Response: Psalm 129.
Out of the depths I cry to you,
O Lord, Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.
If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you.
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchmen for day break.
Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fulness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity.
2 Corinthians 4: 13 – 5: 1
We believe and, therefore, we speak.
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!
Now the prince of this world is to be overthrown,
says the Lord.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I shall draw all people to myself.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!
Mark 3: 20–35
It is the end of Satan.
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, hear our voice.
Take a look at today’s readings on Catholic Online.
War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Most come from poor countries and seek safety in poor countries nearby.
We cannot turn away. These are human beings, with hopes, fears, desires and stories to share, just like each one of us.
The Church worldwide is committed to sharing the journey of people on the move. World leaders must be moved to do the same as they negotiate two global agreements on refugees and migration between now and autumn 2018.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for migrants and refugees, we invite you to join the Share the Journeycampaign. Alongside Catholics worldwide, we call on governments to agree on two global ‘compacts’ which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.
You are invited to the hall this Thursday, June 7th, at 7pm, to discuss and become part of a proposed walk in support of the refugees and to respond to the ongoing Crisis of which Pope Francis is calling us, and all the world, to become aware.
Further information can be found on the Cafod site.